Tswelopele Local Municipality

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Tswelopele
Local municipality
Official seal of Tswelopele
Seal
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Lejweleputswa
Seat Bultfontein
Wards 8
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Rosy Phukuntse
Area
 • Total 6,524 km2 (2,519 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 47,625
 • Density 7.3/km2 (19/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 91.2%
 • Coloured 1.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 6.9%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 54.0%
 • Xhosa 19.9%
 • Tswana 12.0%
 • Afrikaans 8.3%
 • Other 5.8%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code FS183

Tswelopele Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Lejweleputswa District of the Free State in South Africa. The name is a Sesotho word meaning "progress".[4]

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[5]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Bultfontein 40901 42.75 1,034 Afrikaans
Hoopstad 40902 28.34 662 Afrikaans
Phahameng 40903 3.37 20,063 Sotho
Tikwana 40904 1.73 11,032 Sotho
Remainder of the municipality 40905 6,447.20 20,913 Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of fifteen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Eight councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in eight wards, while the remaining seven 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 twelve seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 11,318 11,519 22,837 81.0 8 4 12
Democratic Alliance 1,675 1,640 3,315 11.8 0 2 2
Congress of the People 784 738 1,522 5.4 0 1 1
Freedom Front Plus 294 235 529 1.9 0 0 0
Total 14,071 14,132 28,203 100.0 8 7 15
Spoilt votes 327 271 598

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. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Tswelopele". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Tswelopele". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 28°17′27″S 26°09′00″E / 28.29083°S 26.15000°E / -28.29083; 26.15000