Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality

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Dr Beyers Naudé
Location of the municipality within the Eastern Cape
Location of the municipality within the Eastern Cape
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
DistrictSarah Baartman
SeatGraaff-Reinet
Wards14
Government
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorDeon de Vos (ANC)
 • SpeakerThembisa Nonnnes (ANC)
Area
 • Total28,653 km2 (11,063 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total79,291
 • Density2.8/km2 (7.2/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African23.6%
 • Coloured66.9%
 • Indian/Asian0.4
 • White8.7
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans80.3%
 • Xhosa14.8%
 • English3.2%
 • Other1.7%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeEC101

Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality is a new local municipality that was established by merging the Camdeboo, Ikwezi and Baviaans local municipalities in the Sarah Baartman District of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. The decision to merge the municipalities was taken by the Municipal Demarcation Board in 2015 but only took effect after municipal elections on 3 August 2016. The new municipality is named after the Afrikaner cleric and anti-apartheid activist Beyers Naudé.[3] Its seat is in Graaff-Reinet.

Geography and people[edit]

The new municipality covers an area of 28,653 square kilometres (11,063 sq mi) at the western end of the Eastern Cape province, from the Sneeuberge in the north to the Baviaanskloof in the south. It is a sparsely populated area, with a population of 79,291 giving a density of only 2.8 inhabitants per square kilometre (7.3/sq mi).[2]

80.3% of residents of the municipality speak Afrikaans as their home language, while 14.8% speak Xhosa and 3.2% speak English. 66.9% described themselves as "Coloured", 23.6% as "Black African", and 8.7% as "White".[2]

The principal town in the municipal area is Graaff-Reinet, with a population of approximately 35,000. Other towns include Willowmore, Aberdeen, Jansenville, Steytlerville and Klipplaat.

Government and politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of 27 members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. 14 councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in 14 wards, while the remaining 13 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 narrow majority of 14 seats on the council.

The following table shows the results of the election.[4][5]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
African National Congress 12,561 12,607 25,168 51.1 8 6 14
Democratic Alliance 11,504 11,466 22,970 46.6 6 7 13
Economic Freedom Fighters 399 459 858 1.7 0 0 0
Service Delivery Organisation 115 177 292 0.6 0 0 0
Independent 14 - 14 0.0 0 0 0
Total 24,593 24,709 49,302 100.0 14 13 27
Spoilt votes 396 359 755

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rnews.co.za/article/10523/protest-delays-inauguration-at-new-ecape-municipality
  2. ^ a b c d e f Sum of the statistics from Census 2011 for Camdeboo, Ikwezi, and Baviaans.
  3. ^ Mngxitama-Diko, Avuyile (6 June 2016). "EC municipality to be named after Naudé". The Herald. Port Elizabeth. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Camdeboo" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Camdeboo" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 August 2016.