Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

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Mangaung
Metropolitan municipality
Official seal of Mangaung
Seal
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
Seat Bloemfontein
Wards 50
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Olly Mlamleli
Area
 • Total 6,284 km2 (2,426 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 747,431
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 83.3%
 • Coloured 5.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 11.0%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 53.3%
 • Afrikaans 16.2%
 • Tswana 12.6%
 • Xhosa 9.9%
 • Other 8%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code MAN

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is a metropolitan municipality which governs Bloemfontein and surrounding towns in the Free State province of South Africa. Mangaung is a Sesotho name meaning "place of Cheetahs". Legend has it that when the first settlers arrived on these shores, they were stunned by the vast plains that were roamed freely by cheetahs.

Before the municipal elections of 18 May 2011 Mangaung was a local municipality under the Motheo District Municipality.[4] In the election, the ANC won 58 out of 100seats on the Metro Council, while the Democratic Alliance won 26 seats and COPE won 2 seats.

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[5]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Barolong Baga Moroka 40501 911.66 8,556 Sotho
Bloemfontein 40502 287.46 111,697 Afrikaans
Botshabelo 40503 228.79 175,822 Sotho
Mangaung 40504 46.23 217,076 Sotho
Morago 40505 221.37 3,941 Tswana
Opkoms 40506 2.84 15,397 Afrikaans
Peter Swart 40507 1.97 10,002 Sotho
Rodenbeck 40508 2.05 7,837 Sotho
Sonskyn 40509 0.80 3,630 Sotho
Thaba 'Nchu 40510 216.23 67,269 Sotho
Remainder of the municipality 40511 4,364.11 24,220 Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of one hundred members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Fifty councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in fifty wards, while the remaining fifty 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 fifty-eight seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 135,351 135,294 270,645 56.5 38 20 58
Democratic Alliance 61,874 62,449 124,323 26.0 12 15 27
Economic Freedom Fighters 20,383 21,072 41,455 8.7 0 9 9
Independent 11,847 11,847 2.5 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 4,776 4,411 9,187 1.9 0 2 2
African Independent Congress 1,551 6,527 8,078 1.7 0 2 2
Agency for New Agenda 507 3,753 4,260 0.9 0 1 1
Congress of the People 1,508 1,343 2,851 0.6 0 1 1
African Christian Democratic Party 941 925 1,866 0.4 0 0 0
African People's Convention 416 584 1,000 0.2 0 0 0
United Christian Democratic Party 276 678 954 0.2 0 0 0
Botshabelo Unemployed Movement 216 288 504 0.1 0 0 0
Dikwankwetla Party 274 224 498 0.1 0 0 0
Pan Africanist Congress 200 272 472 0.1 0 0 0
United Residents Front 225 211 436 0.1 0 0 0
Azanian Alliance Congress 137 299 436 0.1 0 0 0
Total 240,482 238,330 478,812 100.0 50 50 100
Spoilt votes 4,037 5,215 9,252

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. ^ "Buffalo City, Mangaung categorised Metros". BuaNews. Government Communication and Information Service. 9 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°06′00″S 26°13′00″E / 29.1000°S 26.2167°E / -29.1000; 26.2167