Ubuntu Local Municipality

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Ubuntu
Local municipality
Official seal of Ubuntu
Seal
Location in the Northern Cape
Location in the Northern Cape
Coordinates: 31°20′S 23°00′E / 31.333°S 23.000°E / -31.333; 23.000Coordinates: 31°20′S 23°00′E / 31.333°S 23.000°E / -31.333; 23.000
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Pixley ka Seme
Seat Victoria West
Wards 4
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Christian Arens
Area
 • Total 20,389 km2 (7,872 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 18,601
 • Density 0.91/km2 (2.4/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 21.3%
 • Coloured 69.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 7.6%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 82.7%
 • Xhosa 12.5%
 • English 1.8%
 • Other 3%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code NC071

Ubuntu Local Municipality is a municipality in the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality of the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

Its seat is Victoria West; other towns in the municipality are Richmond, Loxton and two small railway villages Hutchinson and Merriman.

Main places[edit]

The 2011 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[4]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Hutchinson 369007 2.0 367 Afrikaans
Loxton 369006 77.6 1,053 Afrikaans
Merriman 369001 0.5 78 Afrikaans
Richmond 369003 82.7 3,793 Afrikaans
Sabelo 369004 0.4 1,329 Xhosa
Victoria West 369005 78.9 8,254 Afrikaans
Remainder 369002 20,147.1 3,727 Afrikaans
Total 20,389.2 18,601 Afrikaans

Criticism[edit]

The Ubuntu Municipality has been criticised for illegal traffic fines and harassing motorists.[5][6][7]

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of eight members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Four councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in four wards, while the remaining four 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 no party obtained a majority of seats on the council. With the two sides—the African National Congress and the Democratic AllianceCongress of the People coalition—having an equal amount of seats the impasse was solved by a coin toss, which was won by the African National Congress.[8]

The following table shows the results of the 2011 election.[9][10]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 3,325 3,379 6,704 53.6 4 0 4
Democratic Alliance 1,994 2,008 4,002 32.0 0 3 3
Congress of the People 854 865 1,719 13.7 0 1 1
Independent 93 93 0.7 0 0
Total 6,266 6,252 12,518 100.0 4 4 8
Spoilt votes 126 136 262

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