Umtshezi Local Municipality

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Umtshezi
Local municipality
Official seal of Umtshezi
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uThukela
Seat Estcourt
Wards 9
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Bongani Dlamini (African National Congress)
Area
 • Total 1,972 km2 (761 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 83,153
 • Density 42/km2 (110/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 90.2%
 • Coloured 1.4%
 • Indian/Asian 5.8%
 • White 2.3%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 84.7%
 • English 10.7%
 • Southern Ndebele 1.2%
 • Afrikaans 1.1%
 • Other 2.3%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN234

Umtshezi Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. uMtshezi is an isiZulu name word for Bushman or San. The name uMtshezi refers to the Bushman River.[4]

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Estcourt 51601 14.47 13,958
Khwezi 51602 14.45 2,978
Kwanobamba 51603 0.99 2,702
Weenen 51605 2.24 1,157
Wembezi 51606 18.29 17,497
Remainder of the municipality 51604 2,079.51 21,630

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of seventeen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Nine councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in nine wards, while the remaining eight 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; the African National Congress won eight seats, the Inkatha Freedom Party five, and the National Freedom Party three. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 10,945 11,027 21,972 46.2 6 2 8
Inkatha Freedom Party 6,196 6,191 12,387 26.1 2 3 5
National Freedom Party 4,633 4,610 9,243 19.4 1 2 3
Democratic Alliance 1,831 1,801 3,632 7.6 0 1 1
Minority Front 159 138 297 0.6 0 0 0
Total 23,764 23,767 47,531 100.0 9 8 17
Spoilt votes 385 341 726

The ANC and the NFP formed a coalition to govern the majority. Subsequently the ANC won a by-election in a ward previously held by the IFP, giving the ANC a majority of nine seats.[8]

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: Umtshezi". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Umtshezi". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Hans, Bongani (11 November 2011). "ANC promises to keep coalition despite victory". The Mercury. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°00′17″S 29°52′19″E / 29.00472°S 29.87194°E / -29.00472; 29.87194