Greater Kokstad Local Municipality

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Greater Kokstad
Local municipality
Official seal of Greater Kokstad
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 30°33′S 29°25′E / 30.550°S 29.417°E / -30.550; 29.417Coordinates: 30°33′S 29°25′E / 30.550°S 29.417°E / -30.550; 29.417
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Sisonke
Seat Kokstad
Wards 8
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Mbulelo Sithole
Area
 • Total 2,680 km2 (1,030 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 65,981
 • Density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 87.1%
 • Coloured 8.2%
 • Indian/Asian 1.1%
 • White 3.3%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Xhosa 70.5%
 • English 8.8%
 • Zulu 7.5%
 • Afrikaans 6.9%
 • Other 6.3%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN433

Greater Kokstad Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Sisonke District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Kokstad is derived from Dutch, and it means "town of Kok". It was named after Adam Kok III.[4]

Kokstad serves as the service centre and commercial hub for most of East Griqualand and nearby parts of the Eastern Cape it borders with.[5]

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[6]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Bhongweni 55001 2.17 15,745
Kokstad 55003 9.84 11,566
Mount Currie 55004 10.14 1,553
Remainder of the municipality 55002 2,660.74 27,659

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of nineteen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Ten councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in ten wards, while the remaining nine 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 thirteen seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 12,967 13,696 26,663 60.9 10 3 13
Democratic Alliance 3,443 3,621 7,064 16.1 0 3 3
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,922 3,123 5,045 11.5 0 2 2
Independent 2,884 2,884 6.6 0 0
African Independent Congress 679 1,080 1,759 4.0 0 1 1
Kingdom Governance Movement 43 151 194 0.4 0 0 0
Inkatha Freedom Party 5 141 146 0.3 0 0 0
Total 21,943 21,812 43,755 100.0 10 9 19
Spoilt votes 832 1,109 1,941

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. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  5. ^ KwaZulu-Natal Top Business - Umzimkhulu Municipality
  6. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Greater Kokstad" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Greater Kokstad" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 

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