Breede Valley Local Municipality

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Breede Valley
Breedevallei
Local municipality
Official seal of Breede Valley
Seal
The Breede Valley Local Municipality is located east of Cape Town in the Cape Winelands District Municipality.
Location in the Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°40′S 19°30′E / 33.667°S 19.500°E / -33.667; 19.500Coordinates: 33°40′S 19°30′E / 33.667°S 19.500°E / -33.667; 19.500
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Cape Winelands
Seat Worcester
Wards 21
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Antoinette Steyn (DA)
Area
 • Total 3,833 km2 (1,480 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 166,825
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 24.3%
 • Coloured 63.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.6%
 • White 10.7%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 76.0%
 • Xhosa 16.1%
 • English 2.9%
 • Sotho 2.7%
 • Other 2.3%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code WC025

Breede Valley Municipality is a local municipality located within the Cape Winelands District Municipality, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2007, it had a population of 166,825.[2] Its municipality code is WC025.

Geography[edit]

The municipality covers a total area of 3,833 square kilometres (1,480 sq mi). It includes a middle section of the Breede River Valley around the town of Worcester, and stretches up the Hex River valley to the edge of the Karoo. It abuts on the Witzenberg Municipality to the north, the Laingsburg Municipality to the east, the Langeberg Municipality to the southeast, the Theewaterskloof Municipality to the south, the Stellenbosch Municipality to the southwest and the Drakenstein Municipality to the west.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 166,825 people in 42,527 households. Of this population, 63.3% describe themselves as "Coloured", 24.3% as "Black African", and 10.7% as "White". The first language of 76.0% of the population is Afrikaans, while 16.1% speak Xhosa, 2.9% speak English and 2.7% speak Sotho.[4]

Most of the residents of the municipality live in Worcester, which as of 2011 has a population of 97,078.[5] Other towns in the municipality are Rawsonville (pop. 3,099) close to Worcester in the Breede Valley; De Doorns (pop. 11,278) in the Hex River Valley; and Touws River (pop. 8,126) on the edge of the Karoo.

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of forty-one members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-one councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-one wards, while the remaining twenty 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 Democratic Alliance (DA) obtained a majority of twenty-two seats on the council.

The following table shows the results of the 2016 election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Democratic Alliance 24,696 24,917 49,613 54.1 15 7 22
African National Congress 13,691 13,719 27,410 29.9 6 6 12
Breedevallei Onafhanklik 3,941 3,872 7,813 8.5 0 4 4
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,278 1,280 2,558 2.8 0 1 1
Freedom Front Plus 528 472 1,000 1.1 0 1 1
People's Democratic Movement 464 389 853 0.9 0 1 1
African Christian Democratic Party 382 390 772 0.8 0 0 0
Civic Independent 295 231 526 0.6 0 0 0
Congress of the People 206 278 484 0.5 0 0 0
Independent 251 251 0.3 0 0
United Democratic Movement 90 113 203 0.2 0 0 0
Patriotic Alliance 23 87 110 0.1 0 0 0
Independent Civic Organisation 35 46 81 0.1 0 0 0
Total 45,880 45,794 91,674 21 20 41
Valid votes 45,880 45,794 91,674 98.9
Spoilt votes 512 535 1,047 1.1
Total votes cast 46,392 46,329 92,721
Total voter turnout 46,440
Registered voters 77,483
Turnout percentage 59.9

The local council sends five representatives to the council of the Cape Winelands District Municipality: three from the Democratic Alliance and one each from the African National Congress and Breedevallei Onafhanklik.[8]

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 c "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Breede Valley Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  5. ^ Sum of the Main Places Zweletemba and Worcester from Census 2011.
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Breede Valley" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Breede Valley" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Political composition of councils February 2017" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. February 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 

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