Letsemeng Local Municipality

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Letsemeng
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Map of the Free State with Letsemeng highlighted.svg
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Xhariep
Seat Koffiefontein
Wards 6
Government
[1]
  Type Municipal council
  MayorThandiwe Reachable
Area
  Total9,829 km2 (3,795 sq mi)
Population
 (2011) [2]
  Total38,628
  Density3.9/km2 (10/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
[2]
   Black African 67.8%
   Coloured 23.4%
   Indian/Asian 0.3%
   White 8.1%
First languages (2011)
[3]
   Afrikaans 63.7%
   Sotho 12.4%
   Xhosa 10.8%
   Tswana 9.7%
  Other3.4%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeFS161

Letsemeng Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Xhariep District of the Free State in South Africa.

Xhariep District Municipality District municipality in Free State, South Africa

Xhariep is one of the 5 districts of Free State province of South Africa. The seat of Xhariep is Trompsburg. The largest language group is Sotho who make up 45.3% of the total population of 146,259. The district code is DC16.

South Africa Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

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Main places

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places: [4]

South African National Census of 2001

The National Census of 2001 was the 2nd comprehensive national census of the Republic of South Africa, or Post-Apartheid South Africa. It undertook to enumerate every person present in South Africa on the census night between 9–10 October 2001 at a cost of R987,000,000.

PlaceCodeArea (km2)PopulationMost spoken language
Boitumelong 40101 0.24330 Afrikaans
Bolokanang 40102 0.926,343 Tswana
Diamant Hoogte 40103 0.111,208Afrikaans
Ditlhake 40104 2.218,727Afrikaans
Jacobsdal 40105 2.251,709Afrikaans
Koffiefontein 40106 33.791,443Afrikaans
Luckhoff 40108 30.382,388Afrikaans
Oppermans 40109 0.261,167Afrikaans
Petrusburg 40110 1.99588Afrikaans
Ratanang 40111 0.624,852Afrikaans
Relebohile 40112 0.15671Afrikaans
Remainder of the municipality 40107 10,155.0013,533Afrikaans

Politics

The municipal council consists of eleven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Six councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in six wards, while the remaining five 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 eight seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election. [5] [6]

Mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation is a mixed electoral system in which voters get two votes: one to decide the representative for their single-seat constituency, and one for a political party. Seats in the legislature are filled firstly by the successful constituency candidates, and secondly, by party candidates based on the percentage of nationwide or region-wide votes that each party received. The constituency representatives are elected using first-past-the-post voting (FPTP) or another plurality/majoritarian system. The nationwide or region-wide party representatives are, in most jurisdictions, drawn from published party lists, similar to party-list proportional representation. To gain a nationwide representative, parties may be required to achieve a minimum number of constituency candidates, a minimum percentage of the nationwide party vote, or both.

First-past-the-post voting System of voting

A first-past-the-post electoral system is one in which voters indicate on a ballot the candidate of their choice, and the candidate who receives the most votes wins. This is sometimes described as winner takes all. First-past-the-post voting is a plurality voting method. FPTP is a common, but not universal, feature of electoral systems with single-member electoral divisions, and is practised in close to one third of countries. Notable examples include Canada, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as most of their current or former colonies and protectorates.

Ward (South Africa) subdivision of municipality in South Africa

In South Africa, wards are geopolitical subdivisions of municipalities used for electoral purposes. Each metropolitan and local municipality is delimited by the Municipal Demarcation Board into half as many wards as there are seats on the municipal council. Each ward then elects one councillor directly, and the remaining councillors are elected from party lists so that the overall party representation is proportional to the proportion of votes received by each party.

PartyVotesSeats
WardListTotal%WardListTotal
African National Congress 7,8137,76115,57468.5628
Democratic Alliance 1,3371,6352,97213.1022
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,2571,2832,54011.2011
Congress of the People 4383437813.4000
Freedom Front Plus 4303217513.3000
African Christian Democratic Party 62521140.5000
Total11,33711,39522,732100.06511
Spoilt votes200191391

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References

  1. "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  3. "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  5. "Results Summary – All Ballots: Letsemeng" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  6. "Seat Calculation Detail: Letsemeng" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 December 2016.

Coordinates: 29°25′11″S25°00′19″E / 29.41972°S 25.00528°E / -29.41972; 25.00528

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