Metsimaholo Local Municipality

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Metsimaholo
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Map of the Free State with Metsimaholo highlighted.svg
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Fezile Dabi
Seat Sasolburg
Wards 21
Government
[1]
  Type Municipal council
  MayorLindiwe Tshongwe (SACP)
Area
  Total1,717 km2 (663 sq mi)
Population
 (2011) [2]
  Total149,108
  Density87/km2 (220/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
[2]
   Black African 82.3%
   Coloured 0.7%
   Indian/Asian 0.3%
   White 16.4%
First languages (2011)
[3]
   Sotho 59.9%
   Afrikaans 16.7%
   Xhosa 7.6%
   Zulu 6.0%
  Other9.8%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeFS204

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. [4]

Fezile Dabi District Municipality District municipality in Free State, South Africa

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 Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

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.

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Main places

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places: [5]

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
Bertha Village 41901 0.58666 Sotho
Coalbrook 41902 0.6930 Xhosa
Deneysville 41903 6.501,124 Afrikaans
Holly Country 41904 0.93614Afrikaans
Metsimaholo 41914 0.793,193Sotho
Oranjeville 41906 7.73297Afrikaans
Refengkgotso 41907 5.6513,792Sotho
Richmond Valley 41908 0.37209Afrikaans
Sasolburg 41909 49.8224,568Afrikaans
Taaibos 41910 1.501,301Afrikaans
Vaal Power 41911 0.65798Sotho
Viljoensdrift 41912 2.49589Sotho
Zamdela 41913 10.2157,070Sotho
Remainder of the municipality 41905 1,651.3711,723Sotho

Politics

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.

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.

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

Democratic Alliance (South Africa) political party from South Africa

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.

Freedom Front Plus political party in South Africa

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.

Economic Freedom Fighters South African political party

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.

PartyVotesSeats
WardListTotal%WardListTotal
African National Congress 20,45420,03740,49145.116319
Democratic Alliance 13,07412,95426,02829.05712
Economic Freedom Fighters 7,9828,07516,05717.9088
Metsimaholo Community Association 2,1632,2464,4094.9022
Freedom Front Plus 9569661,9222.1011
Congress of the People 661432090.2000
African Christian Democratic Party 811171980.2000
Independent 1891890.200
African People's Convention 261361620.2000
Pan Africanist Congress 59571160.1000
Alternative African Allegiance 2623490.1000
Total45,07644,75489,830100.0212142
Spoilt votes6376741,311

The municipal council failed to adopt a budget for the 2017/18 financial year because of disagreements between the coalition members. [9] As a result the council was dissolved in July 2017 and an administrator appointed by the provincial government. [10] A new council was elected on 29 November 2017. [9] 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. [11] The following table shows the results of the election. [12] [13]

African National Congress Political party in South Africa

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.

South African Communist Party political party in South Africa

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.

African Independent Congress political party from South Africa

The African Independent Congress (AIC) is a minor political party in South Africa.

PartyVotesSeats
WardListTotal%WardListTotal
African National Congress 13,17713,00126,17834.216016
Democratic Alliance 10,60310,58621 18927.65611
Economic Freedom Fighters 7,2637,74015,00319.6088
South African Communist Party 3,3233,2706,5938.6033
Freedom Front Plus 1,3481,2782,6263.4011
African Independent Congress 7161,1101,8262.4011
Metsimaholo Community Association 6296551,2841.7011
Forum 4 Service Delivery 4053917961.0011
Congress of the People 681642320.3000
People's Movement 1141152290.3000
United Democratic Movement 121902110.3000
African Christian Democratic Party 871162030.3000
Pan Africanist Congress 61631240.2000
Uniting People First 50501000.1000
Power of Africans Unity 2333560.1000
Total37,98838,66276,650100.0212142
Spoilt votes5637151,278

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Coordinates: 26°49′00″S27°49′00″E / 26.8167°S 27.8167°E / -26.8167; 27.8167

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