Swartland Local Municipality
Location in the Western Cape
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Tijmen van Essen (DA)|
|• Total||3,707 km2 (1,431 sq mi)|
|• Density||31/km2 (79/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||18.3%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
Swartland Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Malmesbury is the seat of the municipality. As of 2011, it had a population of 113,762. Its municipality code is WC015.
The municipality covers an area of 3,707 square kilometres (1,431 sq mi), stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Berg River in the east. To the south it abuts on the City of Cape Town, to the east the Drakenstein Municipality, and to the north the Bergrivier Municipality and Saldanha Bay Municipality.
According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 113,762 people in 29,324 households. Of this population, 64.8% describe themselves as "Coloured", 18.3% as "Black African", and 15.6% as "White". The first language of 82.8% of the population is Afrikaans, while 8.9% speak Xhosa, 4.7% speak English and 1.5% speak Sotho.
The principal town and seat of the council is Malmesbury, which is situated in the south-east of the municipality and has a population (according to the 2011 census) of 25,176. Other large towns are Moorreesburg (pop. 12,877) to the north, and Darling (pop. 10,420) to the west. In the Riebeek Valley north-east of Malmesbury are the sister towns of Riebeek-Kasteel (pop. 4,761) and Riebeek West (pop. 4,350).
In the vicinity of Malmesbury there are the smaller agricultural villages of Abbotsdale, Chatsworth, Kalbaskraal and Riverlands, while in the vicinity of Moorreesburg are found the villages of Klipfontyn and Koringberg. Yzerfontein on the Atlantic coast is a fishing village and holiday town.
The municipal council consists of twenty-three members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twelve councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twelve wards, while the remaining eleven 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||6,978||7,078||14,056||27.9||1||5||6|
|Congress of the People||1,055||1,062||2,117||4.2||0||1||1|
|The Peoples Independent Civic Organisation||494||461||955||1.9||0||1||1|
|African Christian Democratic Party||333||261||594||1.2||0||0||0|
|Freedom Front Plus||156||137||293||0.6||0||0||0|
- "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
- "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, age in 5 year groups and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
- "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, language and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
- "Municipal Fact Sheet, 2011" (PDF). Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Swartland Local Municipality". Census 2011.
- Sum of the Main Places Mount Royal Golf & Country Estate, Wesbank, Malmesbury and Ilinge Lethu from Census 2011.
- Sum of the Main Places Moorreesburg and Rosenhof from Census 2011.
- Sum of the Main Places Nuwedorp and Darling from Census 2011.
- Sum of the Main Places Riebeek-Kasteel and Esterhof from Census 2011.
- Main Place Riebeek West from Census 2011.
- "Results Summary – All Ballots: Swartland" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "Seat Calculation Detail: Swartland" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "Political composition of councils" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.