Mbhashe Local Municipality

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Mbhashe
Local municipality
Official seal of Mbhashe
Seal
Location in the Eastern Cape
Location in the Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 32°10′S 28°35′E / 32.167°S 28.583°E / -32.167; 28.583Coordinates: 32°10′S 28°35′E / 32.167°S 28.583°E / -32.167; 28.583
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Amathole
Seat Dutywa
Wards 31
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Nonceba Olga Mfecane
Area
 • Total 3,169 km2 (1,224 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 254,909
 • Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 99.4%
 • Coloured 0.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.2%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Xhosa 95.7%
 • English 1.6%
 • Other 2.7%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code EC121

The Mbhashe Municipality is a remote outpost of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

The Mbhashe Municipality was constituted in terms of the Municipal Structures Act. No. 117 of 1998 (as amended) and comprises the areas that previously formed the Elliotdale, Willowvale and Dutywa TLCs and TRCs. The Municipality is located in the North Eastern part of the Amatole District Municipalities area of jurisdiction. The main administrative office of the Municipality is situated in Dutywa.

Its primary claim to fame is as the birthplace of the former president Thabo Mbeki. The Mbanyana Falls, Mbhashe Cultural Village and Donald Wood's Snooker Room number among its attractions.[4]

The name Mbashe is derived from Xhosa. The municipality is named after the Mbashe river that cuts through the three areas, namely Xhora (Elliotdale), Gatyana (Willowvale) and Dutywa.[5] The area also boats the head offices of the AmaXhosa Kingdom at Nqadu Great Place.

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Bashee 21001 213.82 13,524
Bonkolo 21002 158.19 9,394
Cizela 21003 143.92 8,903
Ebongweni 21004 19.86 1,223
Ebotwe 21005 771.80 49,869
Elliotdale 21006 8.21 1,012
Emvelini 21007 177.44 17,348
Gcaleka-Ngchana 21008 146.50 11,403
Hala 21009 22.36 1,442
Idutywa Part 1 21010 275.97 28,957
Idutywa Part 2 21019 9.19 4,828
Jalamba 21011 277.47 31,914
Kwamkoloza 21012 306.87 18,655
Mpeko 21013 2.14 0
Ngqwangele 21014 105.63 12,998
Ngubezulu 21015 238.10 27,130
Ntonga 21016 101.36 8,466
Ntshatshongo 21017 48.53 3,779
Willowvale 21018 5.54 2,546

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of sixty-three members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirty-two councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirty-two wards, while the remaining thirty-one 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 forty-seven 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 48,135 50,370 98,505 73.1 30 17 47
United Democratic Movement 9,309 10,147 19,456 14.4 0 9 9
Independent 6,442 6,442 4.8 2 2
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,942 2,401 4,343 3.2 0 2 2
Democratic Alliance 1,437 1,533 2,970 2.2 0 2 2
Congress of the People 406 751 1,157 0.9 0 1 1
Pan Africanist Congress 375 466 841 0.6 0 0 0
African People's Convention 54 496 550 0.4 0 0 0
United Front of the Eastern Cape 140 350 490 0.4 0 0 0
Total 68,240 66,514 134,754 100.0 32 31 63
Spoilt votes 1,294 2,716 4,010

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. ^ Mbhashe Municipality Archived 7 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  6. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Mbhashe" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Mbhashe" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 

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