Cederberg Local Municipality

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Local municipality
Official seal of Cederberg
The Cederberg Local Municipality is located on the West Coast of South Africa, in the Western Cape north of Cape Town.
Location in the Western Cape
Coordinates: 32°15′S 19°00′E / 32.250°S 19.000°E / -32.250; 19.000Coordinates: 32°15′S 19°00′E / 32.250°S 19.000°E / -32.250; 19.000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Seat Clanwilliam
Wards 6
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Lorna Scheepers (ANC)
 • Total 8,007 km2 (3,092 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 49,768
 • Density 6.2/km2 (16/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 12.7%
 • Coloured 75.7%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 11.0%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 88.7%
 • Xhosa 5.0%
 • Sotho 2.5%
 • English 1.9%
 • Other 1.9%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code WC012

Cederberg Local Municipality is a local municipality which governs an area of the Western Cape province of South Africa stretching from the Cederberg mountains through the middle valley of the Olifants River to the Atlantic coast. It includes the towns of Clanwilliam, Citrusdal and Lamberts Bay, and the surrounding villages and farms. As of 2011 it had a population of 49,768.[2] It is located within the West Coast District Municipality and has municipality code WC012.


The municipality covers a total area of 8,007 square kilometres (3,092 sq mi), stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Doring River in the east. The Olifants River flows from south to north through the center of the municipal area. The Cederberg mountains rise from the eastern bank of the river. To the west of the river are lower ranges of hills descending to the coastal plain. The municipality abuts on the Matzikama Municipality to the north, the Hantam Municipality to the east, and the Witzenberg and Bergrivier Municipalities to the south.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 49,768 people in 13,513 households. Of this population, 75.7% describe themselves as "Coloured", 12.7% as "Black African", and 11.0% as "White". The first language of 88.7% of the population is Afrikaans, while 5.0% speak Xhosa, 2.5% speak Sotho and 1.9% speak English.[4]

The principal towns of the municipality are Clanwilliam (pop. 7,674) and Citrusdal (pop. 7,177) in the Olifants River valley, and Lambert's Bay (pop. 6,120) on the coastline. There are smaller agricultural settlements at Graafwater (pop. 2,261) and Leipoldtville (pop. 298), and a coastal village at Elands Bay (pop. 1,525).


The municipal council consists of eleven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Six councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in six wards, while the remaining five 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 no party won a majority on the council, with five seats going to the African National Congress (ANC), four to the Democratic Alliance (DA) and one each to the Congress of the People (COPE) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). The ANC formed a coalition with the PAC to govern the municipality. However, later in 2011 one DA ward councillor resigned from the party, triggering a by-election in which he stood for the ANC and won, giving the ANC an absolute majority of six seats on the council.[5]

The following table shows the results of the 2011 election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 5,641 5,869 11,510 45.0 4 1 5
Democratic Alliance 4,801 4,879 9,680 37.9 2 2 4
Congress of the People 1,232 1,204 2,436 9.5 0 1 1
Pan Africanist Congress 674 635 1,309 5.1 0 1 1
Independent 510 510 2.0 0 0
The Peoples Independent Civic Organisation 60 65 125 0.5 0 0 0
Total 12,918 12,652 25,570 100.0 6 5 11
Spoilt votes 132 386 518

The local council sends two representatives to the council of the West Coast District Municipality: one from the ANC and one from the DA.[8]


  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  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. ^ "Cederberg Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  5. ^ Mtyala, Quinton (30 November 2011). "Security for DA man after ANC bribery claims". Cape Times. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Matzikama" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Matzikama" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Political composition of councils" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 

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