Prince Albert Local Municipality

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Prince Albert
Local municipality
Official seal of Prince Albert
Seal
Location in the Western Cape
Location in the Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°00′S 22°00′E / 33.000°S 22.000°E / -33.000; 22.000Coordinates: 33°00′S 22°00′E / 33.000°S 22.000°E / -33.000; 22.000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Central Karoo
Seat Prince Albert
Wards 4
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Magdalene Benjamin
Area
 • Total 8,153 km2 (3,148 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 13,136
 • Density 1.6/km2 (4.2/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 2.8%
 • Coloured 84.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 11.8%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 93.5%
 • English 3.6%
 • Other 2.9%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code WC052

Prince Albert Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

Geography[edit]

The municipality covers an area of 8,153 square kilometres (3,148 sq mi) in the Great Karoo, immediately north of the Swartberg mountains. It abuts on the Beaufort West Municipality to the north, the Baviaans Municipality to the east, the Oudtshoorn and Kannaland Municipalities to the south, and the Laingsburg Municipality to the west.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 13,136 people in 3,578 households. Of this population, 84.5% describe themselves as "Coloured", 11.8% as "White", and 2.8% as "Black African". The first language of 93.5% of the population is Afrikaans, while 3.6% speak English and 0.9% speak Xhosa.[4]

The main town in the municipality is Prince Albert, which as of 2011 has a population of 7,054. North of Prince Albert on the N1 national road is the village of Leeu-Gamka (pop. 2,727), while Klaarstroom (pop. 584) is to the east of Prince Albert at the mouth of Meiringspoort.[5]

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Four councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in four wards, while the remaining three 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 2016 no party obtained a majority of seats; the Democratic Alliance (DA) won three seats, while the Karoo Gemeenskap Party (KGP) and the African National Congress won two each. The DA and the KGP formed a coalition to govern the municipality.[6]

The following table shows the results of the 2016 election.[7][8][9]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Democratic Alliance 1,848 1,845 3,693 33.5% 1 2 3
Karoo Gemeenskap Party 1,759 1,823 3,582 32.5% 2 0 2
African National Congress 1,775 1,709 3,484 31.6% 1 1 2
Independent Civic Organisation 50 50 100 0.9% 0 0 0
Economic Freedom Fighters 37 45 82 0.7% 0 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 37 37 74 0.7% 0 0 0
Total 5,506 5,509 11,015 4 3 7
Valid votes 5,506 5,509 11,015 98.7%
Spoilt votes 73 73 146 1.3%
Total votes cast 5,579 5,582 11,161
Voter turnout 5,582
Registered voters 7,386
Turnout percentage 75.6%

The local council sends one representative to the council of the Central Karoo District Municipality. As of February 2017 that councillor is from the Karoo Gemeenskap Party.[6]

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. ^ "Prince Albert Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  5. ^ G. Ross: Romance of Cape Mountain Passes. New Africa Books. 2004. ISBN 0864866631, 9780864866639. p.89.
  6. ^ a b "Political composition of councils February 2017" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. February 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Prince Albert" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Prince Albert" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Voter Turnout Report: Prince Albert" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 

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