Karoo Hoogland Local Municipality

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Karoo Hoogland
Local municipality
Official seal of Karoo Hoogland
Seal
Location in the Northern Cape
Location in the Northern Cape
Coordinates: 31°45′S 21°15′E / 31.750°S 21.250°E / -31.750; 21.250Coordinates: 31°45′S 21°15′E / 31.750°S 21.250°E / -31.750; 21.250
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Namakwa
Seat Williston
Wards 4
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Jan Julies (COPE)
Area
 • Total 32,274 km2 (12,461 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 12,588
 • Density 0.39/km2 (1.0/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 5.5%
 • Coloured 78.9%
 • Indian/Asian 0.7%
 • White 14.6%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 96.3%
 • English 1.3%
 • Other 2.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code NC066

Karoo Hoogland is an administrative area in the Namakwa District of Northern Cape in South Africa.

Hoogland an Afrikaans word meaning "highland" and Karoo is a Khoi word meaning "hard" or "dry". The name reflects the area which has dry, arid and desert-like conditions.[4]

The municipality incorporates the towns of Williston, Fraserburg and Sutherland. Although the towns are separated by more than 100 km by road, they share many administrative tasks.

Jan Julies was elected the first COPE mayor of the municipality in 2011, as a COPE-DA coalition took control of the council after the election of 18 May 2011.[5]

Main places[edit]

The 2011 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[6]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Fraserburg 367003 98.9 3,029
Sutherland 367004 36.0 2,836
Williston 367001 77.9 3,368
Remainder 367002 32,061.1 3,356
Total 32,273.9 12,588

Politics[edit]

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. In the election of 18 May 2011 no party obtained a majority on the council; the Congress of the People (COPE) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) formed a coalition to govern the municipality. The following table shows the results of the election.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 2,187 2,205 4,392 45.2 2 1 3
Congress of the People 1,523 1,485 3,008 31.0 1 1 2
Democratic Alliance 1,006 1,027 2,033 20.9 1 1 2
African Christian Democratic Party 147 134 281 2.9 0 0 0
Total 4,863 4,851 9,714 100.0 4 3 7
Spoilt votes 48 59 107

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. 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. ^ "First COPE mayor sworn in". IOL. Sapa. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Karoo Hoogland Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Karoo Hoogland" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Karoo Hoogland" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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