Blouberg Local Municipality

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Blouberg
Local municipality
Official seal of Blouberg
Seal
Location in Limpopo
Location in Limpopo
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Capricorn
Seat Senwabarwana
Wards 21
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Maseka Solomon Pheedi
Area
 • Total 9,248 km2 (3,571 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 162,629
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 99.0%
 • Coloured 0.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.6%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Northern Sotho 93.8%
 • Other 6.2%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code LIM351

Blouberg Local Municipality is a municipality in the Limpopo Province, northern South Africa, bordering Zimbabwe and Botswana. It takes its name from the Blouberg (literally meaning blue mountain),[4] a mountain range located to the west of the western end of the Soutpansberg mountain range, north west of the town of Vivo. Blouberg is home to some of the most spectacular rock climbing in South Africa. The rock climbing destination is famous for its big wall natural climbing with route lengths up to 350m. The vegetation ranges from sub-tropical savanna at the base, to alpine near the summit.

Demography[edit]

According to the 2001 census conducted by Statistics South Africa, the population of the greater Blouberg municipality was 161,314, of whom 99.4% are African, 0.5% white, 0.1% Coloured and 0.1% Asian.

A boy in Blouberg, amongst the local flora and dwellings
Men play "pool" (snooker) in a bar in Blouberg, Limpopo.

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Alldays 90901 11.75 385 Northern Sotho
Bahanawa 90902 390.17 19,068 Northern Sotho
Bahanawa-Ba-Kibi 90903 163.78 7,763 Northern Sotho
Bochum Part 1 90912 4.33 8,501 Northern Sotho
Bochum Part 2 90905 182.33 15,911 Northern Sotho
Dichoeng 90906 58.29 17,347 Northern Sotho
Ga-Manthata 90907 1,335.47 72,175 Northern Sotho
Ga-Matlala 90908 180.83 8,697 Northern Sotho
Pietersburg 90909 1.33 3,818 Northern Sotho
Ga-Ramutla 90910 7.81 1,047 Northern Sotho
Seshego 90911 6.00 1,058 Northern Sotho
Remainder of the municipality 90904 2,198.72 5,539 Northern Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of forty-four members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-two councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-two wards, while the remaining twenty-two 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 3 August 2016 the African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of thirty-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 30,986 31,347 62,333 73.8 22 11 33
Economic Freedom Fighters 7,450 7,277 14,727 17.4 0 8 8
Democratic Alliance 2,279 2,229 4,508 5.3 0 2 2
Congress of the People 843 781 1,624 1.9 0 1 1
Agang SA 273 291 564 0.7 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 253 241 494 0.6 0 0 0
United Democratic Movement 97 111 208 0.3 0 0 0
Total 42,181 42,277 84,458 100.0 22 22 44
Spoilt votes 574 552 1,126

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Seraki Blouberg Route - South Africa - Open Africa
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Blouberg" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Blouberg" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 23°08′21″S 29°00′05″E / 23.1392°S 29.0013°E / -23.1392; 29.0013