Tlokwe Local Municipality

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Local municipality
Official seal of Tlokwe
Location in the North West
Location in the North West
Coordinates: 26°45′S 27°10′E / 26.750°S 27.167°E / -26.750; 27.167Coordinates: 26°45′S 27°10′E / 26.750°S 27.167°E / -26.750; 27.167
Country South Africa
Province North West
District Dr Kenneth Kaunda
Seat Potchefstroom
Wards 26
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Annette Combrink (DA)
 • Total 2,674 km2 (1,032 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 162,762
 • Density 61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 71.3%
 • Coloured 6.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.9%
 • White 20.6%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Tswana 40.6%
 • Afrikaans 27.5%
 • Sotho 11.9%
 • Xhosa 9.6%
 • Other 10.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code NW402

Tlokwe Local Municipality (before February 2007, Potchefstroom Local Municipality) is a local municipality in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, North West Province, South Africa. The seat of the local municipality is Potchefstroom.

The most widely accepted theory on the origin of the name Potchefstroom is that the name is composed of three words: Potgieter, chef and stroom. The first syllable is that of Potgieter, the second from the fact that he was a "chef" or a leader of the emigrants, and the third signifying the Mooi River. The complete name "Potgieter" was gradually shortened to "Pot".[4]

In the news[edit]

In February 2013 the mayor of Tlokwe, prof. Annette Combrink declared that she would refuse to use the new official vehicle that was delivered to her. It was a customized Mercedes-Benz C350 CDI, worth R736,000.-, that the ANC ruled council had ordered in July 2012 for the previous mayor Maphetle Maphetle. Combrink represents the opposition Democratic Alliance but was elected mayor due to disagreements in the ANC led council. She declared to be quite happy to use her nine year old Volkswagen Passat instead, in view of the poverty in the municipality.[5] The ANC declared that they plan to unseat the mayor as soon as possible.

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[6]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Ikageng 61801 76.64 61,847 Tswana
Mohadin 61802 2.75 12,079 Tswana
Potchefstroom 61803 46.19 26,723 Afrikaans
Promosa 61804 2.88 10,715 Afrikaans
Remainder of the municipality 61805 2,544.91 16,983 Afrikaans




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