Theewaterskloof Local Municipality

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Theewaterskloof
Local municipality
Official seal of Theewaterskloof
Seal
Location in the Western Cape
Location in the Western Cape
Coordinates: 34°10′S 19°30′E / 34.167°S 19.500°E / -34.167; 19.500Coordinates: 34°10′S 19°30′E / 34.167°S 19.500°E / -34.167; 19.500
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Seat Caledon
Wards 13
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Christelle Vosloo
Area
 • Total 3,232 km2 (1,248 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 108,790
 • Density 34/km2 (87/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 26.4%
 • Coloured 62.9%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 9.4%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 73.6%
 • Xhosa 16.9%
 • English 3.9%
 • Sotho 3.6%
 • Other 2%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code WC031

Theewaterskloof Municipality is a local municipality located within the Overberg District Municipality, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2007, the population was 108,790.[2] Its municipality code is WC031. The enormous Theewaterskloof Dam, which provides water for Cape Town and the surrounding areas, is located in this municipality.

Geography[edit]

The municipality covers an area of 3,232 square kilometres (1,248 sq mi) in the western interior of the Overberg region. It occupies the area between the Riviersonderend Mountains to the north and the Kogelberg and Kleinrivier Mountains to the south; to the west it stretches as far as the Hottentots-Holland mountains.

The western area of the municipality is the Elgin Valley, drained by the Palmiet River. The northern part is the valley of the Sonderend River including the Theewaterskloof Dam. The southeastern part is in the Overberg plain, drained by the Bot and Klein Rivers.[4]

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 108,790 people in 28,884 households. Of this population, 62.9% describe themselves as "Coloured", 26.4% as "Black African", and 9.4% as "White". The first language of 73.6% of the population is Afrikaans, while 16.9% speak Xhosa, 3.9% speak English and 3.6% speak Sotho.[5]

The largest town in the municipality is Grabouw in the Elgin Valley, which as of 2011 has a population of 30,337. However, the municipal headquarters are situated in Caledon (pop. 13,020) on the plain. Between Grabouw and Caledon is Botrivier (pop. 5,505) at the base of the Houwhoek Pass. Villiersdorp (pop. 10,004) is located in the northern part of the municipality close to the Theewaterskloof Dam. Downstream from the dam along the Sonderend River are the villages of Genadendal (pop. 5,663), Greyton (pop. 2,780) and Riviersonderend (pop. 5,245).

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of twenty-seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Fourteen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in fourteen wards, while the remaining thirteen 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 Democratic Alliance (DA) obtained a majority of fourteen seats on the council.

The following table shows the results of the 2016 election.[6][7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Democratic Alliance 16,103 16,882 32,985 51.0% 9 5 14
African National Congress 11,650 11,873 23,523 36.3% 5 5 10
United Front of the Eastern Cape 1,113 1,154 2,267 3.5% 0 1 1
Economic Freedom Fighters 799 820 1,619 2.5% 0 1 1
Independent 1,451 1,451 2.2% 0 0
Independent Civic Organisation 442 480 922 1.4% 0 1 1
United Democratic Movement 433 417 850 1.3% 0 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 229 260 489 0.8% 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 163 281 444 0.7% 0 0 0
People's Democratic Movement 31 62 93 0.1% 0 0 0
The Peoples Independent Civic Organisation 23 53 76 0.1% 0 0 0
Total 32,437 32,282 64,719 14 13 27
Valid votes 32,437 32,282 64,719 97.1%
Spoilt votes 947 971 1,918 2.9%
Total votes cast 33,384 33,253 66,637
Voter turnout 33,435
Registered voters 56,687
Turnout percentage 59.0%

The local council sends five representatives to the council of the Overberg District Municipality: three from the Democratic Alliance and two from the African National Congress.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  4. ^ C. Schoeman: The Historical Overberg. Traces of the Past in South Africa's Southernmost Region. Penguin Random House South Africa. 2017. ISBN 978-1-77609-072-3
  5. ^ "Theewaterskloof Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Theewaterskloof" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Theewaterskloof" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Voter Turnout Report: Theewaterskloof" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Political composition of councils February 2017" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. February 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 

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