Location in the Free State
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Lebohang Masoetsa (acting) (ANC)|
|• Total||6,284 km2 (2,426 sq mi)|
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||83.3%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is a metropolitan municipality which governs Bloemfontein and surrounding towns in the Free State province of South Africa. Mangaung is a Sesotho name meaning "place of Cheetahs". Legend has it that when the first settlers arrived, they were stunned by the vast plains that were roamed freely by cheetahs.
Before the municipal elections of 18 May 2011 Mangaung was a local municipality under the Motheo District Municipality.In the election, the ANC won 58 out of 100 seats on the Metro Council, while the Democratic Alliance won 26 seats and COPE won 2 seats.
The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:
|Place||Code||Area (km2)||Population||Most spoken language|
|Barolong Baga Moroka||40501||911.66||8,556||Sotho|
|Remainder of the municipality||40511||4,364.11||24,220||Sotho|
The municipal council consists of one hundred members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Fifty councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in fifty wards, while the remaining fifty 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 fifty-eight seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.
|African National Congress||135,351||135,294||270,645||56.5||38||20||58|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||20,383||21,072||41,455||8.7||0||9||9|
|Freedom Front Plus||4,776||4,411||9,187||1.9||0||2||2|
|African Independent Congress||1,551||6,527||8,078||1.7||0||2||2|
|Agency for New Agenda||507||3,753||4,260||0.9||0||1||1|
|Congress of the People||1,508||1,343||2,851||0.6||0||1||1|
|African Christian Democratic Party||941||925||1,866||0.4||0||0||0|
|African People's Convention||416||584||1,000||0.2||0||0||0|
|United Christian Democratic Party||276||678||954||0.2||0||0||0|
|Botshabelo Unemployed Movement||216||288||504||0.1||0||0||0|
|Pan Africanist Congress||200||272||472||0.1||0||0||0|
|United Residents Front||225||211||436||0.1||0||0||0|
|Azanian Alliance Congress||137||299||436||0.1||0||0||0|
The following people have served as the Executive Mayor of the municipality since its founding in 2000:
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