Langeberg Local Municipality

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Langeberg
Local municipality
Official seal of Langeberg
Seal
The Langeberg Local Municipality is located in the Cape Winelands District Municipality, to the east of Cape Town.
Location in the Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°50′S 20°00′E / 33.833°S 20.000°E / -33.833; 20.000Coordinates: 33°50′S 20°00′E / 33.833°S 20.000°E / -33.833; 20.000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Cape Winelands
Seat Ashton
Wards 12
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Diana Gagiano (DA)
Area
 • Total 4,518 km2 (1,744 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 97,724
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 16.3%
 • Coloured 70.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 12.3%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 82.5%
 • Xhosa 10.7%
 • English 3.1%
 • Sotho 1.3%
 • Other 2.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code WC026

Langeberg Municipality (before 28 August 2009, Breede River/Winelands Local Municipality[4]) is a local municipality located within the Cape Winelands District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2011 it had a population of 97,724.[2] Its municipality code is WC026.

Geography[edit]

The municipality covers a land area of 4,518 square kilometres (1,744 sq mi) in the Breede River Valley and the west end of the Little Karoo. The Langeberg mountains run from northwest to southeast through the centre of the municipality, and the Breede River flows in the same direction south of the Langeberg. The Riviersonderend Mountains form the southern boundary of the municipality and the Koega Mountains form the northern boundary. It abuts on the Breede Valley Municipality to the northwest, the Laingsburg and Kannaland Municipalities to the northeast, the Swellendam Municipality to the southeast, and the Theewaterskloof Municipality to the southwest.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 97,724 people in 25,125 households. Of this population, 70.3% describe themselves as "Coloured", 16.3% as "Black African", and 12.3% as "White". The first language of 82.5% of the population is Afrikaans, while 10.7% speak Xhosa, 3.1% speak English and 1.3% speak Sotho.[5]

The largest town in the municipality is Robertson, which as of 2011 has a population of 27,715. Montagu (pop. 15,176) is situated on the northeastern side of the Langeberg at the entrance to the Cogmanskloof gorge, while Ashton (pop. 13,325), the site of the municipal headquarters, is situated on the other side of the mountains at the gorge's exit. Bonnievale (pop. 9,092) is on the Breede River downstream from Robertson and Ashton, and McGregor (pop. 3,125) is south of Robertson in the foothills of the Riviersonderend Mountains.

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of twenty-three members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twelve councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twelve wards, while the remaining eleven 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 Democratic Alliance (DA) obtained a majority of twelve seats.

The following table shows the results of the 2016 election.[6][7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Democratic Alliance 12,400 12,753 25,153 50.1 9 3 12
African National Congress 6,387 6,827 13,214 26.3 3 3 6
People's Democratic Movement 1,049 1,078 2,127 4.2 0 1 1
Congress of the People 1,063 977 2,040 4.1 0 1 1
Langeberg Independent Party 838 800 1,638 3.3 0 1 1
Independent Civic Organisation 683 620 1,303 2.6 0 1 1
Economic Freedom Fighters 459 506 965 1.9 0 1 1
Independent 910 910 1.8 0 0
Community and Workers Alliance 420 390 810 1.6 0 0 0
Civic Independent 404 386 790 1.6 0 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 268 260 528 1.1 0 0 0
Western Cape Community 224 254 478 1.0 0 0 0
Alliance for Democratic Freedom 101 141 242 0.5 0 0 0
Nationalist Coloured Party 31 31 0.1 0 0
Total 25,237 24,992 50,229 12 11 23
Valid votes 25,237 24,992 50,229 98.3
Spoilt votes 337 512 849 1.7
Total votes cast 25,574 25,504 51,078
Total voter turnout 25,629
Registered voters 43,290
Turnout percentage 59.2

The local council sends three representatives to the council of the Cape Winelands District Municipality: two from the Democratic Alliance and one from the African National Congress.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. 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. ^ Bredell, Anton (Provincial Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning) (28 August 2009). "Breede River/Winelands Municipality (WC026) Fifth Establishment Amendment Notice" (PDF). Provincial Gazette. Cape Town: Provincial Government of the Western Cape. 6652: 1683–1684. 
  5. ^ "Langeberg Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Langeberg" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Langeberg" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Voter Turnout Report: Langeberg" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Political composition of councils February 2017" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. February 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 

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