Tlokwe Local Municipality

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Tlokwe
Local municipality
Official seal of Tlokwe
Seal
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
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Annette Combrink (DA)
Area
 • 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

Rivers[edit]

Dams[edit]

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of fifty-two members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-six councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-six wards, while the remaining twenty-six 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 African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of thirty seats in the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 28,480 32,544 61,024 57.9 16 14 30
Democratic Alliance 19,710 19,326 39,036 37.0 9 10 19
Freedom Front Plus 1,508 1,374 2,882 2.7 0 2 2
Congress of the People 978 759 1,737 1.6 1 0 1
African Christian Democratic Party 319 168 487 0.5 0 0 0
Independent Ratepayers Association of SA 236 54 290 0.3 0 0 0
Total 51,231 54,225 105,456 100.0 26 26 52
Spoilt votes 2,323 660 2,983

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, age in 5 year groups and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, language and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  5. ^ Die Burger 8 Feb 2013 (in Afrikaans)
  6. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Potchefstroom". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Potchefstroom". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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