Eden District Municipality

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Eden
District municipality
Official seal of Eden
Seal
Location in South Africa
Location in South Africa
Local municipalities within Eden
Local municipalities within Eden
Coordinates: 33°45′S 22°00′E / 33.750°S 22.000°E / -33.750; 22.000Coordinates: 33°45′S 22°00′E / 33.750°S 22.000°E / -33.750; 22.000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Seat George
Local municipalities
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Saried Stennet
Area
 • Total 23,331 km2 (9,008 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 574,265
 • Density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 24.7%
 • Coloured 54.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 19.2%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 70.8%
 • Xhosa 18.3%
 • English 7.5%
 • Other 3.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code DC4

The Eden District Municipality is a district municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Its municipality code is DC4.

Geography[edit]

The Eden district covers an area of 23,331 square kilometres (9,008 sq mi) in the southeastern part of the Western Cape, covering the regions known as the Garden Route and the Little Karoo. It stretches to the Breede River mouth and the Langeberg mountains on the west, where it abuts the Overberg District Municipality and (for a short distance) the Cape Winelands District Municipality. To the north the boundary with the Central Karoo District Municipality runs along the Swartberg mountains. In the east the municipality runs up to the Eastern Cape provincial boundary.

The district is divided into seven local municipalities, described in the following table.

Name Seat Population
(2011)
Area
(km2)
Density
(inhabitants/km2)
Kannaland[4] Ladismith 24,767 4,758 5.2
Hessequa[5] Riversdale 52,642 5,733 9.2
Mossel Bay[6] Mossel Bay 89,430 2,011 44.5
George[7] George 193,672 5,191 37.3
Oudtshoorn[8] Oudtshoorn 95,933 3,537 27.1
Bitou[9] Plettenberg Bay 49,162 992 49.6
Knysna[10] Knysna 68,659 1,109 61.9
Total 574,265 23,331 24.6

Demographics[edit]

The following statistics are from the 2011 Census.[11] Note that due to fuzzing applied to statistics, columns may not sum to exactly the indicated total.

First language[edit]

Language Population  %
Afrikaans 397,462 70.8%
Xhosa 102,740 18.3%
English 42,266 7.5%
Sotho 3,412 0.6%
Tswana 2,675 0.5%
Zulu 1,960 0.3%
Sign language 1,856 0.3%
Ndebele 1,014 0.2%
Tsonga 739 0.1%
Northern Sotho 654 0.1%
Venda 527 0.1%
Swazi 296 0.1%
Other 5,687 1.0%
Total 561,288
Not applicable 12,975

Race[edit]

Race Population  %
Coloured 311,178 54.2%
Black African 141,830 24.7%
White 110,314 19.2%
Indian or Asian 2,526 0.4%
Other 8,418 1.5%
Total 574,265

Gender[edit]

Gender Population  %
Female 293,346 51.1%
Male 280,919 48.9%
Total 574,265

Age[edit]

Age group Population  %
0–4 53,344 9.3%
5–9 47,897 8.3%
10–14 47,222 8.2%
15–19 47,552 8.3%
20–24 48,218 8.4%
25–29 50,138 8.7%
30–34 42,028 7.3%
35–39 41,617 7.2%
40–44 40,188 7.0%
45–49 35,231 6.1%
50–54 29,921 5.2%
55–59 24,726 4.3%
60–64 21,322 3.7%
65–69 16,455 2.9%
70–74 12,525 2.2%
75–79 7,845 1.4%
80–84 4,559 0.8%
85+ 2,162 0.4%
Total 574,265

Politics[edit]

The council of the Eden District Municipality consists of thirty-five councillors. Fourteen councillors are directly elected by party-list proportional representation, and twenty-one are appointed by the councils of the local municipalities in the district: six by George, four by Mossel Bay, three each by Oudtshoorn and Knysna, two each by Hessequa and Bitou, and one by Kannaland.

After the election of 3 August 2016 there are twenty-one councillors from the Democratic Alliance (DA), twelve from the African National Congress (ANC), and one each from the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA) and the African Independent Congress (AIC).[12]

The following table shows the detailed composition of the council.[12]

Party Directly
elected
Appointed by local councils Total
Kannaland Hessequa Mossel Bay George Oudtshoorn Bitou Knysna
Democratic Alliance 8 1 1 3 3 2 1 2 21
African National Congress 5 1 1 2 1 1 1 12
Independent Civic Organisation 1 1
African Independent Congress 1 1

The following table shows the results of the election of the fourteen directly elected councillors.[13][14]

Party Votes Vote % Seats
Democratic Alliance 106,242 53.2% 8
African National Congress 61,755 30.9% 5
Independent Civic Organisation 10,791 5.4% 1
Freedom Front Plus 3,965 2.0% 0
Economic Freedom Fighters 3,604 1.8% 0
African Independent Congress 3,380 1.7% 0
Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners 2,592 1.3% 0
African Christian Democratic Party 2,439 1.2% 0
Congress of the People 1,804 0.9% 0
South African Religious Civic Organisation 1,018 0.5% 0
South Africa Civics 858 0.4% 0
Knysna Unity Congress 525 0.3% 0
Democratic New Civic Organisation 378 0.2% 0
Christian Democrats 314 0.2% 0
George Independent Ratepayers Forum 163 0.1% 0
Total 199,828 14
Valid votes 199,828 98.1%
Spoilt votes 3,819 1.9%
Total votes cast 203,647
Registered voters 326,165
Turnout percentage 62.4%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. 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. ^ "Kannaland Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hessequa Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mossel Bay Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "George Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Oudtshoorn Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bitou Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Knysna Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Census 2011 statistical tables accessible through Stats SA SuperWEB Archived September 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine..
  12. ^ a b "Political composition of councils February 2017" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. February 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Detailed DC 40% Ballot Results Report: DC4 - Eden" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  14. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: DC4 - Eden" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 

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