Westonaria Local Municipality

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Westonaria
Local municipality
Official seal of Westonaria
Seal
Location of Westonaria Local Municipality within Gauteng
Location of Westonaria Local Municipality within Gauteng
Coordinates: 26°20′S 27°40′E / 26.333°S 27.667°E / -26.333; 27.667Coordinates: 26°20′S 27°40′E / 26.333°S 27.667°E / -26.333; 27.667
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
District West Rand
Seat Westonaria
Wards 16
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Nonkoliso Tundzi
Area
 • Total 640 km2 (250 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 111,767
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 91.4%
 • Coloured 0.7%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 7.0%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Xhosa 26.9%
 • Sotho 18.8%
 • Tswana 14.5%
 • Tsonga 10.4%
 • Other 29.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code GT483

Westonaria Local Municipality is a local municipality in West Rand District Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa.

The mining industry represents the largest employment sector in the municipality. The unemployment rate is approximately 30%. In 2007, 34% of households had access to piped water inside their homes, an improvement of 14 percentage points since 2001. Electricity is used for lighting, cooking, and heating in about 65% of households.[4]

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Bekkersdal 70301 11.03 55,838 Xhosa
Cooke Mine 70302 2.73 1,215 Tsonga
Elsburg Gold Mine 70303 11.78 3,238 Tsonga
Etlebeni 70304 1.06 636 Xhosa
Glen Harvie 70305 3.96 4,757 Afrikaans
Hills Haven 70306 1.35 2,147 Afrikaans
Johannesburg 70307 3.58 315 Sotho
Kloof Gold Mine 70308 18.07 6,819 Sotho
Leeudoorn Mine 70309 8.86 2,610 Sotho
Libanon Gold Mine 70310 12.56 3,013 Xhosa
Modderfontein 70311 0.46 490 Sotho
Panvlak Gold Mine 70312 3.13 815 Xhosa
Randfontein Mine 70313 10.22 2,774 Tsonga
Venterspost 70314 40.19 1,048 Afrikaans
Waterpan 70315 1.57 433 Afrikaans
Westonaria 70317 6.46 8,441 Afrikaans
Remainder of the municipality 70316 478.90 14,731 Zulu

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of thirty-one members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Sixteen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in sixteen wards, while the remaining fifteen 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 twenty-three 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 17,903 18,138 36,041 74.4 15 8 23
Democratic Alliance 3,352 3,246 6,598 13.6 1 3 4
Azanian People's Organisation 783 773 1,556 3.2 0 1 1
Congress of the People 783 680 1,463 3.0 0 1 1
Inkatha Freedom Party 610 625 1,235 2.5 0 1 1
United Democratic Movement 397 377 774 1.6 0 1 1
African People's Convention 159 155 314 0.6 0 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 87 114 201 0.4 0 0 0
Socialist Party of Azania 80 87 167 0.3 0 0 0
Independent 52 52 0.1 0 0
National Freedom Party 52 52 0.1 0 0
Total 24,258 24,195 48,453 100.0 16 15 31
Spoilt votes 588 407 995

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. ^ Integrated Development Plan (IDP). Westonaria Local Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 6, 2009.
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Westonaria". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Westonaria". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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