Kou-Kamma Local Municipality

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Kou-Kamma
Local municipality
Official seal of Kou-Kamma
Seal
Location in the Eastern Cape
Location in the Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 33°57′S 24°17′E / 33.950°S 24.283°E / -33.950; 24.283Coordinates: 33°57′S 24°17′E / 33.950°S 24.283°E / -33.950; 24.283
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Sarah Baartman
Seat Kareedouw
Wards 6
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Cllr Samuel Vuso (ANC)
 • Manager Mr Sabelo Nkuhlu
Area
 • Total 3,593 km2 (1,387 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 40,663
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 30.6%
 • Coloured 59.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 8.2%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 73.8%
 • Xhosa 19.9%
 • English 2.7%
 • Sotho 1.1%
 • Other 2.5%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code EC109

The Kou-Kamma Municipality is a local municipality in South Africa. It is situated in the southwest corner of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality along the Indian Ocean coastline, in the southwestern sector of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. To the west lies the Western Cape Province. Kou-Kamma also borders the Baviaans Local Municipality in the north and the Kouga Local Municipality to the east. The geographical area of the Municipality is 12,540 square kilometres. Its name is a blend of the names of the Kouga (Kou-) and Tsitsikamma (-Kamma) mountains, which in turn were named after the rivers Kouga and Tsitsikamma.[4]

The municipality is a relatively poor area with high unemployment and low levels of literacy. Settlements tend to be scattered, which has posed challenges to the provision of infrastructure and basic services such as water, sanitation, and electricity.

The Kou-Kamma Municipality is composed of two distinct regions: the coastal belt (referred to as the Tsitsikamma or the Western Coastal Zone, which includes settlements such as Coldstream, Storms River and Clarkson), and the inland area of the Langkloof (including settlements such as Kareedouw, Twee Riviere, Joubertina and Louterwater). The two areas are separated by the Tsitsikamma Mountains.

The nature of the two areas differs vastly. The Coastal Zone is characterised by a diverse and fast-growing economy driven by tourism and agriculture, a fast-growing population linked to the economic opportunities, a good water supply, and a wealth of holiday destinations and indigenous forests.

In contrast, employment in the Langkloof is characterised by seasonal agriculture with high labour requirements. The area has greater challenges in terms of sufficient water supply, with additional pressure due to a high population growth related to migrant labour.[5]

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Boskop 20901 1.03 531 Xhosa
Coldstream 20902 3.26 954 Afrikaans
Joubertina 20903 2.68 845 Afrikaans
Kagiso Height 20904 0.09 854 Xhosa
Kareedouw 20905 1.67 743 Afrikaans
Krakeel Rivier 20907 1.23 1,667 Afrikaans
Louterwater 20908 1.03 2,535 Afrikaans
Sanddrif 20909 1.63 1,872 Afrikaans
Stormsrivier 20910 1.67 598 Afrikaans
Thornham 20911 3.85 1,026 Afrikaans
Tsitsikamma National Park 20912 11.05 284 Afrikaans
Tweeriviere 20913 0.64 3,995 Afrikaans
Uitkyk 20914 1.21 2,303 Afrikaans
Witelsbos 20915 2.47 42 Afrikaans
Woodslands 20916 0.35 1,304 Afrikaans
Remainder of the municipality 20906 3,541.35 14,729 Afrikaans

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of eleven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Six councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in six wards, while the remaining five 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 six 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 5,972 6,134 12,106 50.9 5 1 6
Democratic Alliance 5,109 5,281 10,390 43.7 1 4 5
Economic Freedom Fighters 237 308 545 2.3 0 0 0
Independent 421 421 1.8 0 0
Koukamma Independent Party 171 167 338 1.4 0 0 0
Total 11,910 11,890 23,800 100.0 6 5 11
Spoilt votes 195 218 413

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. ^ Local and district municipality's names, South African Geographical Names System, archived from the original on January 2004 
  5. ^ "Kou-Kamma Municipality – Integrated Development Plan: 2007-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-10-05. [dead link]
  6. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Kou-Kamma" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Kou-Kamma" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 

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