Kannaland Local Municipality

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Official seal of Kannaland
Location of Kannaland Local Municipality within the Western Cape
Location of Kannaland Local Municipality within the Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°40′S 21°15′E / 33.667°S 21.250°E / -33.667; 21.250Coordinates: 33°40′S 21°15′E / 33.667°S 21.250°E / -33.667; 21.250
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
DistrictGarden Route
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorMagdalene Barry (ANC)
 • Total4,758 km2 (1,837 sq mi)
 • Total24,767
 • Density5.2/km2 (13/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African4.7%
 • Coloured84.6%
 • Indian/Asian0.3%
 • White9.9%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans95.4%
 • English2.5%
 • Other2.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeWC041

Kannaland Municipality is a local municipality located within the Garden Route District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The municipal area is situated in the western part of the Little Karoo and includes the towns of Ladismith, Calitzdorp and Zoar. As of 2011 it has a population of 24,767.[2] Its municipality code is WC041.


The municipality covers an area of 4,758 square kilometres (1,837 sq mi) in the Little Karoo, stretching from the Swartberg in the north to the Langeberg in the south, and from the Anysberg in the west to the Gamkaberg in the east. It is drained by the Groot River and the Gourits River. It abuts on the Laingsburg and Prince Albert municipalities to the north, the Oudtshoorn Municipality to the east, the Hessequa Municipality to the south and the Swellendam and Langeberg Municipalities to the west.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 24,767 people in 6,212 households. Of this population, 84.6% describe themselves as "Coloured", 9.9% as "White", and 4.7% as "Black African". The first language of 95.4% of the population is Afrikaans, while 2.5% speak English.[4]

The largest town and location of the municipal headquarters is Ladismith, which as of 2011 has a population of 7,127.[5] Ladismith is at the foot of the Swartberg, as are Zoar (pop. 4,659) and Calitzdorp (pop. 4,284) to the east. Van Wyksdorp (pop. 833) is further south in the valley of the Groot River.


The municipal council consists of seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Four councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in four wards, while the remaining three are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received.


A short-lived coalition led by the Democratic Alliance (DA) took power after the December 2000 local government elections, but it collapsed when the single Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) councillor withdrew his support, and the African National Congress (ANC) took control of the council in March 2001.

An ANC/DA coalition took power after the local government elections in March 2006. This coalition collapsed in August 2006 and was replaced by a coalition between the DA and the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA). This coalition collapsed in September 2007 when two ICOSA and three ANC councillors crossed the floor to the new National People's Party (NPP), giving that party a majority of five seats in a council which at that time consisted of nine members. The DA refused to recognize the new NPP-led council administration as it alleged that the 2 ICOSA defectors were sacked prior to the floor-crossing window being open, and it challenged the council recomposition in the Western Cape High Court. The former mayor refused to step down pending the outcome of the case.

In 2011 the auditor-general declared that he could not give a clear statement about the financial situation in the municipality because the records are missing and no one seemed to know where they were.[6] After almost a decade of financial problems an attempt to restore order was underway in 2011 [7]

In the election of 18 May 2011 no party obtained a majority; ICOSA won three seats while the ANC and the DA won two each. ICOSA and the ANC formed a coalition to govern the municipality.[8]

The election of 3 August 2016 left the party composition of the council unchanged. The DA and ANC councillors formed a coalition to govern without ICOSA,[9] but DA national leadership said that the coalition had not been authorized.[10] In March 2017 the ANC recalled its councillors to put an end to the coalition.[11] However the mayor has not been recalled despite the national ANC structures stating that this would happen. A motion of no confidence in the mayor and speaker of the municipality was put forward in August 2017. The motion failed with the DA and ANC in the municipality against the motion, leaving the ANC mayor Magdalene Barry in power.[12] The Democratic Alliance spokesperson on local government stated that the party would side with the ANC in order to keep the Independent Civic Organisation away from the public purse. This follows forensic evidence detailing financial misconduct that amounted to more than R14 million under Jeffrey Donson's tenure. [13]

Election results[edit]

The following table shows the results of the 2016 election.[14][15][16]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
Independent Civic Organisation 4,889 4,949 9,838 48.1% 2 1 3
Democratic Alliance 2,735 2,889 5,624 27.5% 1 1 2
African National Congress 2,168 2,227 4,395 21.5% 1 1 2
Independent 316 316 1.5% 0 0 0
Economic Freedom Fighters 125 137 262 1.3% 0 0 0
Total 10,233 10,202 20,435 4 3 7
Valid votes 10,233 10,202 20,435 98.5%
Spoilt votes 151 156 307 1.5%
Total votes cast 10,384 10,358 20,742
Voter turnout 10,394
Registered voters 14,735
Turnout percentage 70.5%

The local council sends one representative to the council of the Garden Route District Municipality. As of February 2017 that councillor is a representative of the DA.[17]


  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. ^ "Kannaland Local Municipality". Census 2011.
  5. ^ Sum of the Main Places Ladismith and Nissenville from Census 2011.
  6. ^ Die Burger June 8 2011 (in Afrikaans)
  7. ^ Die Bruger June 8 2011 (in Afrikaans)
  8. ^ "Political composition of councils" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  9. ^ Le Roux, Ilze-Marie (17 August 2016). "DA, ANC vote out Icosa in Kannaland municipality". EWN. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  10. ^ du Plessis, Carien (18 August 2016). "DA to discipline Kannaland councillors". News24. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  11. ^ de Villiers, James (9 March 2017). "ANC recalls Kannaland mayor to end coalition with DA". News24. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  12. ^ Dentlinger, Lindsay (10 August 2017). "No Confidence Motion to Remove Kannaland speaker, mayor fails". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  13. ^ Dentlinger, Lindsay (11 August 2017). "DA ANC Councillors to Stand Together in Kannaland". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Kannaland" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Kannaland" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Voter Turnout Report: Kannaland" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Political composition of councils February 2017" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. February 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.

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