Drakenstein Local Municipality

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Drakenstein
Local municipality
Official seal of Drakenstein
Seal
The Drakenstein Local Municipality is located in the Cape Winelands district around the town of Paarl, to the east of Cape Town.
Location in the Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°30′S 19°00′E / 33.500°S 19.000°E / -33.500; 19.000Coordinates: 33°30′S 19°00′E / 33.500°S 19.000°E / -33.500; 19.000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Cape Winelands
Seat Paarl
Wards 31
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Conrad Poole (DA)
Area
 • Total 1,538 km2 (594 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 251,262
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 22.7%
 • Coloured 62.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 13.5%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 75.0%
 • Xhosa 16.7%
 • English 5.1%
 • Other 3.2%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code WC023

Drakenstein Municipality is a local municipality located within the Cape Winelands District Municipality, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2011 it had a population of 251,262.[2] Its municipality code is WC023.

Geography[edit]

The municipality covers a total area of 1,538 square kilometres (594 sq mi) in the valley of the Berg River to the west of the Boland mountain ranges. It stretches about 75 kilometres (47 mi) from Saron in the north to beyond Paarl in the south. It abuts on the Witzenberg Municipality and Breede Valley Municipality to the east, the Stellenbosch Municipality to the south, the City of Cape Town and the Swartland Municipality to the west, and the Bergrivier Municipality to the north.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 251,262 people in 59,774 households. Of this population, 62.5% describe themselves as "Coloured", 22.7% as "Black African", and 13.5% as "White". The first language of 75.0% of the population is Afrikaans, while 16.7% speak Xhosa and 5.1% speak English.[4]

The principal town and location of the municipal headquarters is Paarl, situated in the south of the municipality, which as of 2011 has a population of 112,045 people. Paarl is the southernmost part of a continuous built-up area along the Berg River which also includes Mbekweni (pop. 30,875) and Wellington (pop. 55,543). In the northern part of the municipality are the smaller towns of Gouda (pop. 3,441) and Saron (pop. 7,843).

Politics[edit]

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

The following table shows the results of the 2016 election.[5][6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Democratic Alliance 54,491 54,193 108,684 66.0 26 17 43
African National Congress 17,858 20,975 38,833 23.6 6 9 15
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,988 1,901 3,889 2.4 0 2 2
People's Democratic Movement 2,349 291 2,640 1.6 1 0 1
African Christian Democratic Party 1,180 1,085 2,265 1.4 0 1 1
Federation of Democrats 685 543 1,228 0.7 0 1 1
Independent Civic Organisation 638 578 1,216 0.7 0 1 1
Freedom Front Plus 593 551 1,144 0.7 0 1 1
Congress of the People 597 503 1,100 0.7 0 0 0
Alliance for Democratic Freedom 526 467 993 0.6 0 0 0
South African Progressive Civic Organisation 461 410 871 0.5 0 0 0
Community Party 269 197 466 0.3 0 0 0
Pan Africanist Congress 168 227 395 0.2 0 0 0
Khoisan Revolution 189 170 359 0.2 0 0 0
Patriotic Alliance 124 174 298 0.2 0 0 0
Peoples Alliance 31 64 95 0.1 0 0 0
South Africa People's Party 32 44 76 0.0 0 0 0
Civic Independent 11 48 59 0.0 0 0 0
Independent 0 0 0.0 0 0
Total 82,190 82,421 164,611 33 32 65
Valid votes 82,190 82,421 164,611 98.6
Spoilt votes 1,329 1,056 2,385 1.4
Total votes cast 83,519 83,477 166,996
Total voter turnout 83,666
Registered voters 129,265
Turnout percentage 64.7

The local council sends eight representatives to the council of the Cape Winelands District Municipality: five from the Democratic Alliance, two from the African National Congress, and one from the Economic Freedom Fighters.[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. ^ "Drakenstein Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  5. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Drakenstein" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Drakenstein" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Voter Turnout Report: Drakenstein" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 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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