Location in the Free State
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Lindiwe Tshongwe (SACP)|
|• Total||1,717 km2 (663 sq mi)|
|• Density||87/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||82.3%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
Metsimaholo Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Fezile Dabi District of the Free State in South Africa. "Metsimaholo" means "big water" in Sesotho.
Fezile Dabi District Municipality, formerly known as Northern Free State District Municipality, is one of the 5 districts of Free State province of South Africa. The seat of Northern Free State is Sasolburg. The majority of its 460 289 people speak Sesotho. The district code is DC20.
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Bantu ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European, Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.
The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:
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.
|Place||Code||Area (km2)||Population||Most spoken language|
|Remainder of the municipality||41905||1,651.37||11,723||Sotho|
The municipal council consists of forty-two members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-one councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-one wards, while the remaining twenty-one are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received.
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.
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.
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.
In the election of 3 August 2016, no party won a majority on the council. The Democratic Alliance (DA) formed a coalition with the Metsimaholo Community Association (MCA) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+), supported by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), to govern the municipality. The MCA's Sello Hlasa was elected mayor, while Arnoldi du Ploy and Linda Radebe of the DA were elected Speaker and Council Whip respectively.The following table shows the results of the election.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is a South African political party and the official opposition to the governing African National Congress (ANC). The present leader is Mmusi Maimane, who succeeded former Mayor of Cape Town and Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille on 10 May 2015. The party is broadly centrist, and has been attributed both centre-left and centre-right policies. It is a member of the Liberal International and the Africa Liberal Network. The DA traces its roots to the founding of the anti-apartheid Progressive Party in 1959, with many mergers and name changes between that time and the present.
The Freedom Front Plus is a national South African political party that was formed in 1994. It is led by Pieter Groenewald. Its current stated policy positions include amending affirmative action and land reform to protect the interests of Afrikaners.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is a South African far-left political party. It was founded by expelled former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President Julius Malema, and his allies, in 2013. Malema is President of the EFF, heading the Central Command Team which serves as the central structure of the party.
|African National Congress||20,454||20,037||40,491||45.1||16||3||19|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||7,982||8,075||16,057||17.9||0||8||8|
|Metsimaholo Community Association||2,163||2,246||4,409||4.9||0||2||2|
|Freedom Front Plus||956||966||1,922||2.1||0||1||1|
|Congress of the People||66||143||209||0.2||0||0||0|
|African Christian Democratic Party||81||117||198||0.2||0||0||0|
|African People's Convention||26||136||162||0.2||0||0||0|
|Pan Africanist Congress||59||57||116||0.1||0||0||0|
|Alternative African Allegiance||26||23||49||0.1||0||0||0|
The municipal council failed to adopt a budget for the 2017/18 financial year because of disagreements between the coalition members.As a result the council was dissolved in July 2017 and an administrator appointed by the provincial government. A new council was elected on 29 November 2017. Once again, no party won a majority on the council. The African National Congress (ANC) regained control by forming a coalition with the South African Communist Party (SACP), the African Independent Congress (AIC), Metsimaholo Community Association (MCA) and the Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) to govern the municipality. Lindiwe Tshongwe of the SACP was elected mayor. The following table shows the results of the election.
The African National Congress (ANC) is the Republic of South Africa's governing political party. It has been the ruling party of post-apartheid South Africa since the election of Nelson Mandela in the 1994 election, winning every election since then. Cyril Ramaphosa, the incumbent President of South Africa, has served as leader of the ANC since 18 December 2017.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) is a communist party in South Africa. It was founded in 1921, was declared illegal in 1950 by the governing National Party, and participated in the struggle to end the apartheid system. It is a partner of the Tripartite Alliance with the African National Congress and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and through this it influences the South African government.
The African Independent Congress (AIC) is a minor political party in South Africa.
|African National Congress||13,177||13,001||26,178||34.2||16||0||16|
|Democratic Alliance||10,603||10,586||21 189||27.6||5||6||11|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||7,263||7,740||15,003||19.6||0||8||8|
|South African Communist Party||3,323||3,270||6,593||8.6||0||3||3|
|Freedom Front Plus||1,348||1,278||2,626||3.4||0||1||1|
|African Independent Congress||716||1,110||1,826||2.4||0||1||1|
|Metsimaholo Community Association||629||655||1,284||1.7||0||1||1|
|Forum 4 Service Delivery||405||391||796||1.0||0||1||1|
|Congress of the People||68||164||232||0.3||0||0||0|
|United Democratic Movement||121||90||211||0.3||0||0||0|
|African Christian Democratic Party||87||116||203||0.3||0||0||0|
|Pan Africanist Congress||61||63||124||0.2||0||0||0|
|Uniting People First||50||50||100||0.1||0||0||0|
|Power of Africans Unity||23||33||56||0.1||0||0||0|
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