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 Veruschska Wentzel (ANC)
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 UTC+2 (SAST)
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.

Karoo Hoogland elected the first (and so far only) mayor from COPE, Jan Julies, in 2011, as a COPE-DA coalition took control of the council after the election of 18 May 2011.[5] This lasted until the 2016 elections.

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 3 August 2016 the African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of four 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 2,401 2,429 4,830 54.4 3 1 4
Democratic Alliance 1,340 1,441 2,781 31.3 1 1 2
Congress of the People 323 332 655 7.4 0 1 1
Freedom Front Plus 113 124 237 2.7 0 0 0
Economic Freedom Fighters 84 82 166 1.9 0 0 0
Independent 164 164 1.9 0 0
Civic Independent 12 31 43 0.5 0 0 0
Total 4,437 4,439 8,876 100.0 4 3 7
Spoilt votes 71 72 143

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. ^ "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 12 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Karoo Hoogland" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 12 May 2017.

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