Ubuntu Local Municipality

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Ubuntu
Local municipality
Location in the Northern Cape
Location in the Northern Cape
Coordinates: 31°20′S 23°00′E / 31.333°S 23.000°E / -31.333; 23.000Coordinates: 31°20′S 23°00′E / 31.333°S 23.000°E / -31.333; 23.000
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Pixley ka Seme
Seat Victoria West
Wards 4
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Paula Jantjies (independent)
Area
 • Total 20,389 km2 (7,872 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 18,601
 • Density 0.91/km2 (2.4/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 21.3%
 • Coloured 69.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 7.6%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 82.7%
 • Xhosa 12.5%
 • English 1.8%
 • Other 3%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code NC071

Ubuntu Local Municipality is a local municipality in the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality of the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

Its seat is Victoria West; other towns in the municipality are Richmond, Loxton and two small railway villages Hutchinson and Merriman.

Main places[edit]

The 2011 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[4]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Hutchinson 369007 2.0 367 Afrikaans
Loxton 369006 77.6 1,053 Afrikaans
Merriman 369001 0.5 78 Afrikaans
Richmond 369003 82.7 3,793 Afrikaans
Sabelo 369004 0.4 1,329 Xhosa
Victoria West 369005 78.9 8,254 Afrikaans
Remainder 369002 20,147.1 3,727 Afrikaans
Total 20,389.2 18,601 Afrikaans

Criticism[edit]

The Ubuntu Municipality has been criticised for illegal traffic fines and harassing motorists.[5][6]

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 3 August 2016 no party obtained a majority on the council; the Democratic Alliance (DA) formed a coalition with two independents to govern the municipality.

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

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 2,547 2,758 5,305 42.0 1 2 3
Democratic Alliance 1,717 2,222 3,939 31.2 1 1 2
Independent 1,736 1,736 13.8 2 2
Congress of the People 78 825 903 7.2 0 0 0
Economic Freedom Fighters 205 329 534 4.2 0 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 69 134 203 1.6 0 0 0
Total 6,352 6,268 12,620 100.0 4 3 7
Spoilt votes 156 243 399

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. ^ "Ubuntu Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  5. ^ "Money-grubbing municipalities". News24.com. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  6. ^ Lunga Biyela (2010-09-01). "Officials harass drivers over paid fines". News24. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Ubuntu" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Ubuntu" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 

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