Tsolwana Local Municipality

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Tsolwana
Local municipality
Official seal of Tsolwana
Seal
Location in the Eastern Cape
Location in the Eastern Cape
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Chris Hani
Seat Tarkastad
Wards 5
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor K Nqighi
Area
 • Total 6,087 km2 (2,350 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 33,281
 • Density 5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 91.0%
 • Coloured 5.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 2.8%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Xhosa 84.3%
 • Afrikaans 8.5%
 • Sotho 2.8%
 • English 2.3%
 • Other 2.1%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code EC132

Tsolwana Local Municipality was an administrative area in the Chris Hani District of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Tsolwana is an isiXhosa name which means "something with a sharp ending or a tip", referring the mountains around the whole area.[4] After municipal elections on 3 August 2016 it was merged into the larger Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality.

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Amaqwati 21901 34.36 7,777
Amavundle 21902 19.74 7,589
Basoto 21903 5.44 4,523
Hofmeyer 21904 4.57 3,199
Lammermoor 21905 1.09 3
Tarka 21906 1.89 1,858
Zola 21908 1.15 3,612
Remainder of the municipality 21907 5,956.66 3,949

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consisted of ten members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Five councillors were elected by first-past-the-post voting in five wards, while the remaining five were chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives was proportional to the number of votes received. In the election of 18 May 2011 the African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of seven 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 7,405 7,684 15,089 73.5 4 3 7
Congress of the People 644 1,296 1,940 9.4 0 1 1
Democratic Alliance 751 973 1,724 8.4 0 1 1
Independent 1,618 1,618 7.9 1 1
United Democratic Movement 26 142 168 0.8 0 0 0
Total 10,444 10,095 20,539 100.0 5 5 10
Spoilt votes 218 328 546

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: Tsolwana" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Tsolwana" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 32°01′S 26°16′E / 32.017°S 26.267°E / -32.017; 26.267