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 Sello Hlasa (MCA)
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 3 August 2016, no party won a majority of seats on the council. The Democratic Alliance formed a coalition with smaller political parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters, Metsimaholo Community Association (MCA) and the Freedom Front Plus to govern the municipality. The DA was awarded 12 seats in the council to the 19 held by the African National Congress. The MCA's Sello Hlasa was elected mayor of the municipality, while Arnoldi du Ploy and Linda Radebeof of the DA were elected as Speaker and Council Whip respectively.[6] The following table shows the results of the election.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 20,454 20,037 40,491 45.08 16 3 19
Democratic Alliance 13,074 12,954 26,028 28.97 5 7 12
Economic Freedom Fighters 7,982 8,075 16,057 17.87 0 8 8
[[Metsimaholo Community Association|]] 2,163 2,246 4,409 4.91 0 2 2
Freedom Front Plus 956 966 1,922 2.14 0 1 1
Other parties 447 476 923 1.03 0 0 0
Total 45,076 44,754 89,830 100.00 21 21 42
Spoilt votes 637 674 1,311

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. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "DA UNSEATS ANC IN METSIMAHOLO MUNICIPALITY IN FREE STATE". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Metsimaholo" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Metsimaholo" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

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