Nala Local Municipality

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Nala
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Map of the Free State with Nala highlighted.svg
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Lejweleputswa
Seat Bothaville
Wards 12
Government
[1]
  Type Municipal council
  MayorMpai Mogorosi
Area
  Total4,129 km2 (1,594 sq mi)
Population
 (2011) [2]
  Total81,220
  Density20/km2 (51/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
[2]
   Black African 93.1%
   Coloured 0.6%
   Indian/Asian 0.3%
   White 5.8%
First languages (2011)
[3]
   Sotho 73.3%
   Xhosa 8.7%
   Afrikaans 7.3%
   Tswana 3.9%
  Other6.8%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeFS185

Nala Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Lejweleputswa District of the Free State in South Africa. The name is Sesotho for "affluence or plenty". It is derived from the maize belt and economic prosperity of the area. [4]

Lejweleputswa District Municipality District municipality in Free State, South Africa

Lejweleputswa is one of the 5 districts of Free State province of South Africa. The seat of Lejweleputswa is Welkom. The majority of its 657 019 people speak Sotho. The district code is DC18.

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Main places

The 2011 census divided the municipality into the following main places: [5]

South African National Census of 2011 Comprehensive census performed by Statistics South Africa, the latest in a series

The South African National Census of 2011 is the 3rd comprehensive census performed by Statistics South Africa.

PlaceCensus codeArea (km2)Population
Balkfontein 468004 1.12154
Bothaville 468001 33.264,152
Kgotsong 468002 9.7441,878
Monyakeng 468005 3.8025,392
Wesselsbron 468006 10.261,415
Remainder of the municipality 468003 4,070.618,229

Politics

The municipal council consists of twenty-four members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twelve councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twelve wards, while the remaining twelve 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 fifteen seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election. [6] [7]

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 13,70113,67027,37161.612315
Economic Freedom Fighters 4,4754,5379,01220.3055
Democratic Alliance 2,2962,3744,67010.5033
Freedom Front Plus 1,0139171,9304.3011
Congress of the People 2822285101.2000
African Christian Democratic Party 1851843690.8000
Independent 1981980.400
Agang SA 92931850.4000
African People's Convention 101141240.3000
United Residents Front 58461040.2000
Total22,31022,16344,473100.0121224
Spoilt votes406491897

In a by-election held on 5 September 2018, a ward previously held by an ANC councillor was won by the DA candidate. [8] Council composition was reconfigured as seen below:

By-elections, also spelled bye-elections, are used to fill elected offices that have become vacant between general elections.

PartyWardPR listTotal
African National Congress 11314
Economic Freedom Fighters 055
Democratic Alliance 134
Freedom Front Plus 011
Total121224

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  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. South African Languages - Place names
  5. Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. "Results Summary – All Ballots: Nala" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  7. "Seat Calculation Detail: Nala" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  8. "DA take ward off ANC in Nala, while the ANC gets slightly decreased returns in Tshwane poll". Daily Maverick. 6 September 2018.

Coordinates: 27°23′14″S26°37′05″E / 27.38722°S 26.61806°E / -27.38722; 26.61806

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