The principal town and location of the municipal head office is Ceres on the eastern slope of the Skurweberg mountains, which as of 2011 has a population of 33,224. To the west of Ceres, on the other side of the mountains, is the Land van Waveren valley with the towns of Wolseley (pop. 12,130) and Tulbagh (pop. 8,969). To the north of Ceres is the town of Prince Alfred Hamlet (pop. 6,810), and further north, in the Koue Bokkeveld, the village of Op-die-Berg (pop. 1,531).
Initially the ten councillors from the Democratic Alliance (DA) formed a coalition with one councillor from the Congress of the People (COPE) and one independent councillor to govern the municipality. On 30 January 2013 a by-election was held to replace a councillor who had lost his seat because he was expelled from the DA; he was re-elected as an ANC representative. However, the DA maintained control of the council by including the Democratic Christian Party councillor in its coalition.