Tswelopele Local Municipality

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Tswelopele
Local municipality
Official seal of Tswelopele
Seal
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Lejweleputswa
Seat Bultfontein
Wards 8
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Rosy Phukuntse
Area
 • Total 6,524 km2 (2,519 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 47,625
 • Density 7.3/km2 (19/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 91.2%
 • Coloured 1.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 6.9%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 54.0%
 • Xhosa 19.9%
 • Tswana 12.0%
 • Afrikaans 8.3%
 • Other 5.8%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code FS183

Tswelopele Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Lejweleputswa District of the Free State in South Africa. The name is a Sesotho word meaning "progress".[4]

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Bultfontein 40901 42.75 1,034 Afrikaans
Hoopstad 40902 28.34 662 Afrikaans
Phahameng 40903 3.37 20,063 Sotho
Tikwana 40904 1.73 11,032 Sotho
Remainder of the municipality 40905 6,447.20 20,913 Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of fifteen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Eight councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in eight wards, while the remaining seven 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) won a majority of eleven 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 11,231 11,237 22,468 72.7 8 3 11
Democratic Alliance 2,521 2,473 4,994 16.2 0 3 3
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,217 1,183 2,400 7.8 0 1 1
Freedom Front Plus 266 280 546 1.8 0 0 0
Congress of the People 103 140 243 0.8 0 0 0
African People's Convention 125 114 239 0.8 0 0 0
Total 15,463 15,427 30,890 100.0 8 7 15
Spoilt votes 320 299 619

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: Tswelopele" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Tswelopele" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 

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Coordinates: 28°17′27″S 26°09′00″E / 28.29083°S 26.15000°E / -28.29083; 26.15000