Metsimaholo Local Municipality

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Metsimaholo
Local municipality
Official seal of Metsimaholo
Seal
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Fezile Dabi
Seat Sasolburg
Wards 21
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Tshepo Brutus Mahlaku
Area
 • Total 1,717 km2 (663 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 149,108
 • Density 87/km2 (220/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 82.3%
 • Coloured 0.7%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 16.4%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 59.9%
 • Afrikaans 16.7%
 • Xhosa 7.6%
 • Zulu 6.0%
 • Other 9.8%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code FS204

Metsimaholo Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Fezile Dabi District of the Free State in South Africa. "Metsimaholo" means "big water" in Sesotho.[4]

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Bertha Village 41901 0.58 666 Sotho
Coalbrook 41902 0.69 30 Xhosa
Deneysville 41903 6.50 1,124 Afrikaans
Holly Country 41904 0.93 614 Afrikaans
Metsimaholo 41914 0.79 3,193 Sotho
Oranjeville 41906 7.73 297 Afrikaans
Refengkgotso 41907 5.65 13,792 Sotho
Richmond Valley 41908 0.37 209 Afrikaans
Sasolburg 41909 49.82 24,568 Afrikaans
Taaibos 41910 1.50 1,301 Afrikaans
Vaal Power 41911 0.65 798 Sotho
Viljoensdrift 41912 2.49 589 Sotho
Zamdela 41913 10.21 57,070 Sotho
Remainder of the municipality 41905 1,651.37 11,723 Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of forty-two members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-one councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-one wards, while the remaining twenty-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 18 May 2011 the African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of twenty-six 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 24,404 24,697 49,101 63.0 16 10 26
Democratic Alliance 13,770 13,662 27,432 35.2 5 10 15
Freedom Front Plus 627 584 1,211 1.6 0 1 1
Independent 113 113 0.1 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 30 30 0.0 0 0
Total 38,944 38,943 77,887 100.0 21 21 42
Spoilt votes 457 443 900

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, age in 5 year groups and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, language and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Metsimaholo" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Metsimaholo" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 26°49′00″S 27°49′00″E / 26.8167°S 27.8167°E / -26.8167; 27.8167