Witzenberg Local Municipality

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Witzenberg
Local municipality
Official seal of Witzenberg
Seal
The Witzenberg Local Municipality is located in the Cape Winelands district, to the north-east of Cape Town.
Location in the Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°00′S 19°40′E / 33.000°S 19.667°E / -33.000; 19.667Coordinates: 33°00′S 19°40′E / 33.000°S 19.667°E / -33.000; 19.667
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Cape Winelands
Seat Ceres
Wards 12
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Cllr. Barnito Klaasen (Democratic Alliance)
 • Municipal Manager David Nasson
Area
 • Total 10,753 km2 (4,152 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 115,946
 • Density 11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 25.3%
 • Coloured 65.9%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 7.7%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 75.2%
 • Xhosa 16.6%
 • Sotho 4.5%
 • English 2.0%
 • Other 1.7%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code WC022

Witzenberg Municipality is a local municipality located within the Cape Winelands District Municipality, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2011 it had a population of 115,946.[2]

Geography[edit]

The municipality covers an area of 10,753 square kilometres (4,152 sq mi) which includes the Land van Waveren (Tulbagh) valley, the Warm Bokkeveld, the Koue Bokkeveld and the Ceres-Karoo. It stretches from the Groot Winterhoek Mountains in the west and the Hex River Mountains in the south as far as the Northern Cape provincial border in the north and east. It abuts on the Hantam Municipality to the north, the Karoo Hoogland Municipality to the northeast, the Laingsburg Municipality to the southeast, the Breede Valley Municipality to the south, the Drakenstein Municipality to the southwest, the Bergrivier Municipality to the west and the Cederberg Municipality to the northwest.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 115,946 people in 27,419 households. Of this population, 65.9% describe themselves as "Coloured", 25.3% as "Black African", and 7.7% as "White". The first language of 75.2% of the population is Afrikaans, while 16.6% speak Xhosa, 4.5% speak Sotho and 2.0% speak English.[4]

The principal town and location of the municipal head office is Ceres on the eastern slope of the Skurweberg mountains, which as of 2011 has a population of 33,224.[5] To the west of Ceres, on the other side of the mountains, is the Land van Waveren valley with the towns of Wolseley (pop. 12,130)[6] and Tulbagh (pop. 8,969).[7] To the north of Ceres is the town of Prince Alfred Hamlet (pop. 6,810),[8] and further north, in the Koue Bokkeveld, the village of Op-die-Berg (pop. 1,531).[9]

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of twenty-three members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twelve councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twelve wards, while the remaining eleven 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 2016 no party obtained a majority of seats. The following table shows the results of the 2016 election.[10][11][12]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
Democratic Alliance 10,886 10,985 21,871 46.0 7 4 11
African National Congress 7,497 7,861 15,358 32.3 5 3 8
Witzenberg Aksie 1,172 1,201 2,373 5.0 0 1 1
Independent Civic Organisation 873 944 1,817 3.8 0 1 1
Economic Freedom Fighters 773 783 1,556 3.3 0 1 1
Congress of the People 389 423 812 1.7 0 1 1
Land Claims Fighters 424 337 761 1.6 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 349 327 676 1.4 0 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 324 302 626 1.3 0 0 0
Democratic Association of Witzenberg Independence 312 264 576 1.2 0 0 0
Patriotic Alliance 221 270 491 1.0 0 0 0
Independent 426 426 0.9 0 0
People's Democratic Movement 170 70 240 0.5 0 0 0
Total 23,816 23,767 47,583 12 11 23
Valid votes 23,816 23,767 47,583 98.1
Spoilt votes 432 475 907 1.9
Total votes cast 24,248 24,242 48,490
Total voter turnout 24,282
Registered voters 46,980
Turnout percentage 51.7

The eleven councillors from the Democratic Alliance (DA) formed a coalition with the single councillor from the Congress of the People (COPE) to govern the municipality.[13] The local council sends three representatives to the council of the Cape Winelands District Municipality: two from the Democratic Alliance and one from the African National Congress.[13]

Municipal Leadership[edit]

Name Title
David Nasson Municipal Manager
Cobus Kritzinger Director: Finance
Joseph Barnard Director: Technical Services
Monwabisi Mpeluza Director: Corporate Services
Jo-Ann Krieger Director: Community Services

Partners[edit]

Since 2002 Witzenberg has an official town twinning agreement with the town Essen in Belgium. The city-to-city cooperation consists of sustainable development programs in the vulnarable areas concerning youth, local economic development and environment.

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. ^ "Witzenberg Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  5. ^ Sum of the Main Places Bella Vista, Ceres and eNduli from Census 2011.
  6. ^ Sum of the Main Places Wolseley, Pine Valley and Montana from Census 2011.
  7. ^ Main Place Tulbagh from Census 2011.
  8. ^ Main Place Prince Alfred Hamlet from Census 2011.
  9. ^ Main Place Op-die-Berg from Census 2011.
  10. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Witzenberg" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Witzenberg" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Voter Turnout Report: Witzenberg" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Political composition of councils February 2017" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. February 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 

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