Moqhaka Local Municipality

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Moqhaka
Local municipality
Official seal of Moqhaka
Seal
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Fezile Dabi
Seat Kroonstad
Wards 25
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Cllr. M. Mokgosi
 • Municipal Manager Mr. S.M Mqwathi
Area
 • Total 7,925 km2 (3,060 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 160,532
 • Density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 87.2%
 • Coloured 2.9%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 9.3%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 74.6%
 • Afrikaans 13.6%
 • Xhosa 3.9%
 • English 2.5%
 • Other 5.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code FS201

Moqhaka is a municipality in the Fezile Dabi District, Free State Province, South Africa.[4] In 2001 the population was 267 881 with a total area of 7925 km ². The seat of local government is Kroonstad.[5] The community name is the South-Sotho-word for "crown".[6]

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[7]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Kroonstad 41701 232.04 23,992 Afrikaans
Maokeng 41702 12.62 67,929 Sotho
Matlwangtlwang 41703 1.59 6,441 Sotho
Rammulutsi 41705 4.03 24,578 Sotho
Steynsrus 41706 1.66 1,192 Afrikaans
Vaal Reefs Mine 41707 12.04 5,050 Sotho
Vierfontein 41708 2.84 832 Afrikaans
Viljoenskroon 41709 13.73 2,514 Afrikaans
Remainder of the municipality 41704 7,619.38 35,362 Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of forty-five members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-three councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-three wards, while the remaining twenty-two 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 twenty-seven seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[8][9]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 25,188 25,084 50,272 60.1 20 7 27
Democratic Alliance 10,350 10,397 20,747 24.8 3 8 11
Economic Freedom Fighters 3,301 3,451 6,752 8.1 0 4 4
Freedom Front Plus 1,462 1,369 2,831 3.4 0 2 2
Congress of the People 882 819 1,701 2.0 0 1 1
African People's Convention 127 232 359 0.4 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 170 175 345 0.4 0 0 0
Pan Africanist Congress 171 155 326 0.4 0 0 0
Azanian People's Organisation 108 175 283 0.3 0 0 0
Independent 25 25 0.0 0 0
Total 41,784 41,857 83,641 100.0 23 22 45
Spoilt votes 666 705 1,371

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. ^ Website of Moqhaka Local Municipality
  5. ^ Municipal Demarcation Board
  6. ^ "South African Place Names explained". Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  7. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  8. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Moqhaka" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Moqhaka" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°39′S 27°14′E / 27.650°S 27.233°E / -27.650; 27.233