Tlokwe Local Municipality
Location in the North West
|District||Dr Kenneth Kaunda|
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Annette Combrink (DA)|
|• Total||2,674 km2 (1,032 sq mi)|
|• Density||61/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||71.3%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
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".
In the news
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. The ANC declared that they plan to unseat the mayor as soon as possible.
|Place||Code||Area (km2)||Population||Most spoken language|
|Remainder of the municipality||61805||2,544.91||16,983||Afrikaans|
- "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.
- South African Languages - Place names
- Die Burger 8 Feb 2013 (in Afrikaans)
- Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa