Overberg District Municipality

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Overberg
District municipality
Official seal of Overberg
Seal
The Overberg District Municipality is located in the southern part of the Western Cape province, to the south-east of Cape Town.
Location in South Africa
Local municipalities within the Overberg
Local municipalities within the Overberg
Coordinates: 34°30′S 20°0′E / 34.500°S 20.000°E / -34.500; 20.000Coordinates: 34°30′S 20°0′E / 34.500°S 20.000°E / -34.500; 20.000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Seat Bredasdorp
Local municipalities
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Lincoln de Bruyn (DA)
 • Deputy Mayor Jasper du Toit-Loubser (DA)
Area
 • Total 12,241 km2 (4,726 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 258,176
 • Density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 25.6%
 • Coloured 54.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 18.9%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 70.3%
 • Xhosa 17.9%
 • English 6.8%
 • Sotho 2.1%
 • Other 2.9%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code DC3

The Overberg District Municipality is a district municipality that governs the Overberg region in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is divided into four local municipalities and includes the major towns of Grabouw, Caledon, Hermanus, Bredasdorp and Swellendam. The municipal area covers 12,241 square kilometres (4,726 sq mi) and had in 2007 an estimated population of 212,787 people in 60,056 households.[4]

Geography[edit]

The Overberg municipal area covers 12,241 square kilometres (4,726 sq mi) lying to the south-east of Cape Town. It stretches from the Hottentots-Holland mountains in the west to the Breede River mouth in the east, and as far as the Riviersonderend Mountains in the north. It includes Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point in Africa, and has coastline on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

The largest town is Grabouw (pop. 44,593) in the Elgin Valley adjacent to the Hottentots-Holland on the north-western edge of the district. The municipal headquarters are located at Bredasdorp (pop. 12,749) in the southern part of the district. Other major towns are Swellendam (pop. 13,557) on the Breede River in the north-east, Caledon (pop. 10,650) in the western interior, and Hermanus (pop. 10,500) on the Atlantic coast.

The Overberg district is divided into four local municipalities, which are described in the following table.

Name Seat Population
(2011)
Area
(km2)
Density
(inhabitants/km2)
Theewaterskloof[5] Caledon 108,790 3,232 33.7
Overstrand[6] Hermanus 80,432 1,708 47.1
Cape Agulhas[7] Bredasdorp 33,038 3,467 9.5
Swellendam[8] Swellendam 35,916 3,835 9.4
Total 258,176 12,241 21.1

It borders on the City of Cape Town to the west, the Cape Winelands District Municipality to the north, and the Eden District Municipality to the east.

Demographics[edit]

The following statistics are from the 2011 Census.[9] Note that due to fuzzing applied to statistics, columns may not sum to exactly the indicated total.

First language[edit]

Language Population  %
Afrikaans 176,037 70.3%
Xhosa 44,857 17.9%
English 17,123 6.8%
Sotho 5,377 2.1%
Tswana 1,002 0.4%
Sign language 675 0.3%
Zulu 629 0.3%
Ndebele 462 0.2%
Northern Sotho 229 0.1%
Tsonga 211 0.1%
Venda 129 0.1%
Swazi 88 0.0%
Other 3,574 1.4%
Total 250,393
Not applicable 7,781

Race[edit]

Race Population  %
Coloured 139,825 54.2%
Black African 66,151 25.6%
White 48,692 18.9%
Indian or Asian 816 0.3%
Other 2,692 1.0%
Total 258,176

Gender[edit]

Gender Population  %
Male 129,370 50.1%
Female 128,806 49.9%
Total 258,176

Age[edit]

Age group Population  %
0–4 22,804 8.8%
5–9 19,696 7.6%
10–14 19,634 7.6%
15–19 19,863 7.7%
20–24 22,349 8.7%
25–29 25,325 9.8%
30–34 20,040 7.8%
35–39 19,052 7.4%
40–44 18,159 7.0%
45–49 15,756 6.1%
50–54 13,314 5.2%
55–59 10,674 4.1%
60–64 9,983 3.9%
65–69 7,935 3.1%
70–74 6,012 2.3%
75–79 3,758 1.5%
80–84 2,181 0.8%
85+ 989 0.4%
Total 258,176

Politics[edit]

The council of the Overberg District Municipality consists of twenty-one councillors. Nine councillors are directly elected by party-list proportional representation, and twelve are appointed by the councils of the local municipalities in the district: five by Theewaterskloof, four by Overstrand, two by Cape Agulhas and one by Swellendam.

After the elections of 3 August 2016, fourteen of the councillors are Democratic Alliance (DA) representatives and seven are African National Congress (ANC) representatives. The mayor is Andries Franken and the deputy mayor is Archibald Klaas; both are members of the DA.[10][11] The following table shows the composition of the council after the 2016 election.[12]

Party Directly
elected
Appointed by local councils Total
Theewaterskloof Overstrand Cape Agulhas Swellendam
Democratic Alliance 6 3 3 1 1 14
African National Congress 3 2 1 1 0 7

The following table shows the results of the election of the nine directly-elected members on 3 August 2016.[13][14]

Party Votes Vote % Seats
Democratic Alliance 53,502 57.9% 6
African National Congress 32,707 35.4% 3
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,852 2.0% 0
Dienslewerings Party 1,417 1.5% 0
Freedom Front Plus 1,311 1.4% 0
Independent Civic Organisation 740 0.8% 0
United Democratic Movement 706 0.8% 0
People's Democratic Movement 155 0.2% 0
Total 92,390 9
Valid votes 92,390 97.9%
Spoilt votes 1,934 2.1%
Total votes cast 94,324
Registered voters 148,602
Turnout percentage 63.5%

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. ^ Community Survey, 2007: Basic Results: Municipalities (PDF) (Report). Statistics South Africa. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Theewaterskloof Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Overstrand Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cape Agulhas Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Swellendam Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Census 2011 statistical tables accessible through Stats SA SuperWEB.
  10. ^ "Executive Mayor". Overberg District Municipality. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Cllr. Archibald Klaas (Deputy Mayor)". Overberg District Municipality. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Political composition of councils February 2017" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. February 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: DC3 - Overberg" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Detailed DC 40% Ballot Results Report: DC3 - Overberg" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 

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