Okhahlamba Local Municipality

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Okhahlamba
Local municipality
Official seal of Okhahlamba
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 28°44′S 29°22′E / 28.733°S 29.367°E / -28.733; 29.367Coordinates: 28°44′S 29°22′E / 28.733°S 29.367°E / -28.733; 29.367
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uThukela
Seat Bergville
Wards 14
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Vikizitha Richard Mlotshwa
Area
 • Total 3,971 km2 (1,533 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 132,068
 • Density 33/km2 (86/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 97.1%
 • Coloured 0.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 2.1%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 93.2%
 • English 2.0%
 • Southern Ndebele 1.2%
 • Afrikaans 1.0%
 • Other 2.6%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN235

Okhahlamba Local Municipality is a municipality in the Uthukela District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Society and Culture[edit]

Museums, monuments and memorials[edit]

Spion Kop[edit]

British memorial at Spion Kop
Main article: Battle of Spion Kop
Media related to Spioenkop Battlefield Memorials at Wikimedia Commons

This large battlefield located some 30 km outside Ladysmith contains the mass graves of British soldiers, individual graves as well as a number of memorials, including a Boer memorial, British memorial, South Lancashire memorial and Imperial Light Infantry memorial.

Nature reserves[edit]

Spioenkop Nature Reserve[edit]

25 kilometres (16 mi) from Ladysmith is one of South Africa’s popular wildlife sanctuaries, Spioenkop Nature Reserve. This 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi) reserve is home to animals such as the rhino, giraffe and zebra. The sporting activities that Spioenkop offers include hiking, horse riding, angling, yachting, water-skiing and power boating. Spioenkop is also supplies other parts of Gauteng with water because in Gauteng there is a shortage of water.

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[4]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Amangwane 51701 737.10 67,829
Amazizi 51702 95.71 16,010
Bergville Part 1 51703 80.11 27,670
Bergville Part 2 51715 2.53 702
Drakensberg 51704 0.40 75
Driefontein, KwaZulu-Natal 51705 1.41 231
Estcourt 51706 4.79 988
Geluksburg 51707 1.08 209
Jagersrust 51708 0.63 199
Northern Natal Drakensberg 51709 142.17 3
Rugged Glen Nature Reserve 51711 7.66 15
Spioenkop Dam Nature Reserve 51712 41.63 48
Van Reenen 51713 0.48 78
Winterton 51714 1.81 2,186
Remainder of the municipality 51710 2,365.82 21,277

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of twenty-nine members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Fifteen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in fifteen wards, while the remaining fourteen 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 fifteen seats on the council.

The following table shows the results of the election.[5][6]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 17,722 18,697 36,419 52.3 14 1 15
Inkatha Freedom Party 7,844 7,869 15,713 22.6 1 6 7
Congress of the People 3,633 3,599 7,232 10.4 0 3 3
Democratic Alliance 1,984 1,990 3,974 5.7 0 2 2
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,241 1,155 2,396 3.4 0 1 1
African Independent Congress 1,117 1,207 2,324 3.3 0 1 1
Independent 1.427 1,427 2.1 0 0
Peoples Revolutionary Movement 30 149 179 0.3 0 0 0
Total 34,998 34,666 69,664 100.0 15 14 29
Spoilt votes 1,051 1,131 2,182

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. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Okhahlamba" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Okhahlamba" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 

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