Setsoto Local Municipality

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Setsoto
Local municipality
Official seal of Setsoto
Seal
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Seat Ficksburg
Wards 18
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Mbothoma Solomon Maduna
Area
 • Total 5,966 km2 (2,303 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 112,597
 • Density 19/km2 (49/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 92.3%
 • Coloured 1.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 5.7%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 87.2%
 • Afrikaans 7.1%
 • English 2.9%
 • Sign language 1.2%
 • Other 1.6%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code FS191

Setsoto Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Thabo Mofutsanyane District of the Free State in South Africa. The name is a Sesotho word meaning "beauty". Setsoto is headed by Ficksburg, followed by Senekal, Clocolan and Marquard. It is the getaway municipality to the Kingdom of Lesotho through Ficksburg. Setsoto is rich in agriculture as well as producing cherries.

The first mayor was Ms M.Molete and the current is Mr M.S Maduna.[4]

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[5]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Clocolan 41201 16.71 1,366 Sotho
Ficksburg 41202 21.63 8,307 Sotho
Hlohlolwane 41203 2.25 15,275 Sotho
Mafeleng 41204 0.23 1,255 Sotho
Marquard 41205 1.56 1,024 Afrikaans
Matwabeng 41206 3.65 19,218 Sotho
Meqheleng 41207 4.13 25,900 Sotho
Moemaneng 41208 1.86 12,067 Sotho
Senekal 41209 33.40 3,333 Sotho
Remainder of the municipality 41210 5,880.95 35,434 Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of thirty-three members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Seventeen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in seventeen wards, while the remaining sixteen 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-one seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 18,835 19,090 37,925 61.4 16 5 21
Democratic Alliance 5,076 4,935 10,011 16.2 1 4 5
Economic Freedom Fighters 2,693 2,629 5,322 8.6 0 3 3
United Front of Civics 1,398 3,259 4,657 7.5 0 3 3
Independent 1,532 1,532 2.5 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 534 461 995 1.6 0 1 1
Congress of the People 532 532 0.9 0 0 0
Dikwankwetla Party 205 177 382 0.6 0 0 0
African People's Convention 83 269 352 0.6 0 0 0
Inkatha Freedom Party 0 63 63 0.1 0 0 0
Total 30,888 30,883 61,771 100.0 17 16 33
Spoilt votes 806 819 1,625

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. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Setsoto" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Setsoto" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 

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Coordinates: 28°52′25″S 27°52′41″E / 28.87361°S 27.87806°E / -28.87361; 27.87806