Saldanha Bay Local Municipality
Location in the Western Cape
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||FJ Schippers (DA)|
|• Municipal Manager||LA Scheepers|
|• Total||2,015 km2 (778 sq mi)|
|• Density||49/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||24.5%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
Saldanha Bay Municipality is a local municipality located within the West Coast District Municipality, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2011[update] it had a population of 99,193. Its municipality code is WC014.
The municipality covers a total area of 2,015 square kilometres (778 sq mi) which includes the West Coast Peninsula (also known as the Vredenburg Peninsula) and stretches southeast to include the West Coast National Park and the area around Hopefield. It abuts on the Bergrivier Municipality to the north and the Swartland Municipality to the east and south.
According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 99,193 people in 28,835 households. Of this population, 55.8% describe themselves as "Coloured", 24.5% as "Black African", and 18.0% as "White". The first language of 72.5% of the population is Afrikaans, while 16.4% speak Xhosa, 6.6% speak English and 1.2% speak Sotho.
The seat of the municipality and its largest town is Vredenburg, which is situated in the center of the eponymous peninsula and according to the 2011 census has a population of 38,382. To the south of Vredenburg is the harbour town of Saldanha (pop. 28,142) on the edge of Saldanha Bay. There are several other fishing and holiday towns on the coast of the municipality: St Helena Bay (pop. 11,529) on the northern coast of the Vredenburg Peninsula, Paternoster (pop. 1,971) and Jacobsbaai (pop. 416) on the western coast of the peninsula, and Langebaan (pop. 8,297) on the opposite side of Saldanha Bay from Saldanha. In the interior of the municipality is the town of Hopefield (pop. 6,460) and the village and air force base at Langebaanweg (pop. 952).
The municipal council consists of twenty-five members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirteen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirteen wards, while the remaining twelve are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received. In the election of 18 May 2011 the Democratic Alliance (DA) obtained a majority of fifteen seats on the council.
|African National Congress||8,479||9,271||17,750||30.6||3||5||8|
|Congress of the People||341||397||738||1.3||0||1||1|
|Service to Our People's Party||397||330||727||1.3||0||0||0|
|African Christian Democratic Party||228||236||464||0.8||0||0||0|
|Liberal People's Party||227||208||435||0.8||0||0||0|
|Local Government Party||233||198||431||0.7||0||0||0|
|The Peoples Independent Civic Organisation||172||171||343||0.6||0||0||0|
|United Democratic Movement||74||178||252||0.4||0||0||0|
|South African Political Alliance||110||79||189||0.3||0||0||0|
|National People's Party||70||81||151||0.3||0||0||0|
|South African Progressive Civic Organisation||59||75||134||0.2||0||0||0|
The local council sends four representatives to the council of the West Coast District Municipality: two from the Democratic Alliance and one each from the African National Congress and the Congress of the People.
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- "Results Summary – All Ballots: Saldanha Bay". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
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- "Political composition of councils". Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.