Waterberg District Municipality

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Waterberg
Bosveld
District municipality
Official seal of Waterberg
Seal
Location in Limpopo
Location in Limpopo
Coordinates: 24°42′S 28°24′E / 24.700°S 28.400°E / -24.700; 28.400Coordinates: 24°42′S 28°24′E / 24.700°S 28.400°E / -24.700; 28.400
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
Seat Modimolle (Nylstroom)
Local municipalities
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Rosina Mokgotlane
Area
 • Total 44,913 km2 (17,341 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 679,336
 • Density 15/km2 (39/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 91.2%
 • Coloured 0.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 7.6%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Northern Sotho 56.4%
 • Tswana 11.5%
 • Tsonga 8.3%
 • Afrikaans 7.7%
 • Other 16.1%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code DC36
Pre-2011 map of South Africa showing Waterberg (within Limpopo province)

Waterberg is one of the 5 districts of Limpopo province of South Africa. The seat of Waterberg is Modimolle (formerley known as Nylstroom). The majority of its 614 139 people speak Northern Sotho (2001 Census). The district code is DC36.

Geography[edit]

The municipality contains much of the Waterberg Biosphere, a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. The Waterberg Biosphere is a massif of approximately 15,000 square kilometers. Waterberg is the first region in the northern part of South Africa to be named as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The extensive rock formation was shaped by hundreds of millions of years of riverine erosion to yield diverse bluff and butte landform.[4] The ecosystem can be characterised as a dry deciduous forest or Bushveld. Within the Waterberg there are archaeological finds dating to the Stone Age, and nearby are early evolutionary finds related to the origin of humans.

The following sets forth neighboring municipalities and principal municalities within the Waterberg District Municipality:

Neighbours[edit]

Waterberg is surrounded (clockwise) by:

Local municipalities[edit]

The district contains the following local municipalities:

Local municipality Population % Dominant language
Mogalakwena 298 433 48.59% Northern Sotho
Lephalale 96 096 15.65% Northern Sotho
Modimolle 72 802 11.85% Northern Sotho
Thabazimbi 63 912 10.41% Tswana
Bela-Bela 52 128 8.49% Northern Sotho
Mookgopong 30 753 5.01% Northern Sotho

Demographics[edit]

The following statistics are from the 2001 census.

Language Population %
Northern Sotho 357 100 58.15%
Tswana 75 741 12.33%
Tsonga 57 511 9.36%
Afrikaans 52 379 8.53%
Ndebele 29 724 4.84%
Sotho 11 752 1.91%
Xhosa 10 074 1.64%
English 5 843 0.95%
Other 4 801 0.78%
Venda 4 446 0.72%
Zulu 2 968 0.48%
Swati 1 785 0.29%

Gender[edit]

Gender Population %
Female 319 202 51.98%
Male 294 937 48.02%

Ethnic group[edit]

Ethnic group Population %
Black African 557 896 90.84%
White 53 150 8.65%
Coloured 1 683 0.27%
Indian/Asian 1 410 0.23%

Age[edit]

Age Population %
000 - 004 66 353 10.80%
005 - 009 73 363 11.95%
010 - 014 74 634 12.15%
015 - 019 71 809 11.69%
020 - 024 54 886 8.94%
025 - 029 50 047 8.15%
030 - 034 41 052 6.68%
035 - 039 38 574 6.28%
040 - 044 32 041 5.22%
045 - 049 26 397 4.30%
050 - 054 20 278 3.30%
055 - 059 14 944 2.43%
060 - 064 15 509 2.53%
065 - 069 11 318 1.84%
070 - 074 10 039 1.63%
075 - 079 5 460 0.89%
080 - 084 4 550 0.74%
085 - 089 1 727 0.28%
090 - 094 725 0.12%
095 - 099 322 0.05%
100 plus 111 0.02%

Politics[edit]

Election results[edit]

Election results for Waterberg in the South African general election, 2004.

  • Population 18 and over: 355 225 [57.84% of total population]
  • Total votes: 196 790 [32.04% of total population]
  • Voting % estimate: 55.40% votes as a % of population 18 and over
Party Votes %
African National Congress 166 373 84.54%
Democratic Alliance 14 654 7.45%
Freedom Front Plus 3 965 2.01%
United Democratic Movement 3 405 1.73%
African Christian Democratic Party 1 932 0.98%
Pan African Congress 1 679 0.85%
New National Party 952 0.48%
Azanian People's Organisation 928 0.47%
United Christian Democratic Party 573 0.29%
Independent Democrats 567 0.29%
Inkhata Freedom Party 460 0.23%
NA 407 0.21%
SOPA 165 0.08%
EMSA 140 0.07%
CDP 127 0.06%
PJC 121 0.06%
UF 111 0.06%
TOP 95 0.05%
NLP 55 0.03%
Minority Front 43 0.02%
KISS 38 0.02%
Total 196 790 100.00%

See also[edit]

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. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Mark L. Cooke and Helen Murray, The Waterberg Biosphere, Lumina Technologies, May 22, 2006. [1]

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