Thembelihle Local Municipality

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Thembelihle
Local municipality
Official seal of Thembelihle
Seal
Location in the Northern Cape
Location in the Northern Cape
Coordinates: 29°45′S 23°45′E / 29.750°S 23.750°E / -29.750; 23.750Coordinates: 29°45′S 23°45′E / 29.750°S 23.750°E / -29.750; 23.750
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Pixley ka Seme
Seat Hopetown
Wards 4
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Lynette Olifant
Area
 • Total 8,023 km2 (3,098 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 15,701
 • Density 2.0/km2 (5.1/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 15.2%
 • Coloured 70.7%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 13.1%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 90.4%
 • Xhosa 5.1%
 • English 1.3%
 • Tswana 1.3%
 • Other 1.9%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code NC076

Thembelihle Local Municipality is a local municipality in the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality district of the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Thembelihle is a Xhosa name meaning "good hope".[4]

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Hopetown 31201 190.21 8,048 Afrikaans
Orania 31202 9.45 519 Afrikaans
Strydenburg 31203 37.99 2,347 Afrikaans
Remainder of the municipality 31204 6,740.15 3,064 Afrikaans

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 2011 the African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of four seats on the council.

The opposition took control of the council in December 2011, after ANC lost a by-election to an independent candidate. The independent, former ANC member Danny Jonas, became the new mayor of the municipality supported by the Congress of the People and the Democratic Alliance.[6]

The following table shows the results of the May 2011 election.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 3,255 3,300 6,555 55.8 4 0 4
Congress of the People 1,799 1,744 3,543 30.2 0 2 2
Democratic Alliance 681 726 1,407 12.0 0 1 1
Freedom Front Plus 131 104 235 2.0 0 0 0
Total 5,866 5,874 11,740 100.0 4 3 7
Spoilt votes 62 54 116

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, age in 5 year groups and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, language and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2011-12-09-by-elections-the-da-and-cope-learn-how-to-steal-anc-marbles-by-and-by/
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Thembelihle" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Thembelihle" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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