Thabazimbi Local Municipality

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Thabazimbi
Official seal of Thabazimbi
Seal
Location in Limpopo
Location in Limpopo
Coordinates: 24°35′S 27°10′E / 24.583°S 27.167°E / -24.583; 27.167Coordinates: 24°35′S 27°10′E / 24.583°S 27.167°E / -24.583; 27.167
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceLimpopo
DistrictWaterberg
SeatThabazimbi
Wards12
Government
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorJM Fischer [1] (Thabazimbi Residents Association)
 • SpeakerDr LH (Bertie) Joubert (DA)[2]
Area
 • Total11,190 km2 (4,320 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[4]
 • Total85,234
 • Density7.6/km2 (20/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African84.3%
 • Coloured0.6%
 • Indian/Asian0.2%
 • White14.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Tswana41.2%
 • Afrikaans15.7%
 • Xhosa12.3%
 • Northern Sotho8.0%
 • Other22.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeLIM361

Thabazimbi Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Waterberg District of Limpopo in South Africa. The seat of Thabazimbi Local Municipality is Thabazimbi.

Thabazimbi is an isiZulu name meaning "iron mountain". The Zulu and Nyasa speaking people worked on this mountain to mine iron.[6]

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[7]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Amandelbult 91401 47.73 2,076 Tswana
Ipeleng 91402 0.02 940 Tswana
Middeldrift 91403 1.15 2,138 Afrikaans
Mmebane 91404 0.01 283 Northern Sotho
Northam 91405 47.56 6,180 Tswana
Regorogile 91406 1.11 7,609 Tswana
Rooiberg Tin Mine 91407 4.32 250 Afrikaans
Rooikrans 91408 2.69 153 Tswana
Smersha Block 91409 1.33 12,875 Xhosa
Swartklip 91410 14.18 2,912 Afrikaans
Swartkop 91411 0.56 103 Afrikaans
Thabazimbi 91413 10.76 4,423 Afrikaans
Remainder of the municipality 91412 9,723.06 23,968 Tswana

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of twenty-three members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twelve councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twelve wards, while the remaining eleven 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) lost its majority on the council. Midah Moselane of the Thabazimbi Residents Association subsequently was elected mayor with support from the Democratic Alliance (DA), the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+).

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

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
African National Congress 10,210 10,151 20,361 45.3 8 2 10
Democratic Alliance 4,982 5,002 9,984 22.2 2 3 5
Economic Freedom Fighters 4,469 4,629 9,098 20.2 2 3 5
Thabazimbi Residents Association 1,891 1,878 3,769 8.4 0 2 2
Freedom Front Plus 630 583 1,213 2.7 0 1 1
United Democratic Movement 257 342 499 1.1 0 0 0
Independent 25 - 25 0.1 0 0 0
Total 22,464 22,485 44,949 100.0 12 11 23
Spoilt votes 456 459 915

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://platinumbushvelder.co.za/article.php?id=874&categoryID=6
  2. ^ http://ewn.co.za/2016/08/24/New-Thabazimbi-speaker-confident-council-can-turn-the-municipality-around
  3. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  6. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  7. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  8. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Thabazimbi" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Thabazimbi" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 August 2016.

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