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Bela-Bela Local Municipality is located in the Waterberg District Municipality of Limpopo province, South Africa. The seat of Bela-Bela Local Municipality is Bela-Bela.

Bela-Bela
Official seal of Bela-Bela
Seal
Location in Limpopo
Location in Limpopo
Coordinates: 24°55′S 28°15′E / 24.917°S 28.250°E / -24.917; 28.250Coordinates: 24°55′S 28°15′E / 24.917°S 28.250°E / -24.917; 28.250
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceLimpopo
DistrictWaterberg
SeatBela-Bela
Wards9
Government
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorSello Freddy Hlungwane
Area
 • Total3,406 km2 (1,315 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total66,500
 • Density20/km2 (51/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African84.8%
 • Coloured1.5%
 • Indian/Asian0.6%
 • White12.9%
First languages (2011)
 • Northern Sotho38.4%
 • Tswana16.7%
 • Afrikaans13.5%
 • Tsonga10.6%
 • Other20.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeLIM366

"Bela" is a Sesotho word meaning "to boil", referring to the hot water springs found in the area.[4]

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Main placesEdit

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Bela-Bela 981003 23.29 45,001
Bela-Bela NU 981002 3,373.73 13,616
Pienaarsrivier 981009 2.06 1,897
Rapotokwane 981007 2.17 2,787
Rust De Winter 981008 0.38 105
Settlers 981005 1.17 819
Vingerkraal 981001 1.14 827
Welgegund Village 981006 1.94 1,448

PoliticsEdit

The municipal council consists of seventeen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Nine councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in nine wards, while the remaining eight 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 narrow majority of nine seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
African National Congress 8,410 8,509 16,919 51.5 7 2 9
Democratic Alliance 4,461 4,471 8,932 27.2 2 3 5
Economic Freedom Fighters 2,121 2,168 4,289 13.1 0 2 2
Bushbuckridge Residents Association 928 940 1,868 5.7 0 1 1
Independent 211 211 0.6 0 0
Ubuntu Party 85 94 179 0.6 0 0 0
Congress of the People 88 70 158 0.5 0 0 0
South African Christian Movement 39 82 121 0.4 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 25 60 85 0.3 0 0 0
Pan Africanist Congress 43 35 78 0.2 0 0 0
Total 16,411 16,429 32,840 100.0 9 8 17
Spoilt votes 303 313 616

In a by-election held on 17 July 2018, a ward previously held by a DA councillor was won by an ANC candidate.[8] Council composition was reconfigured as seen below:

Party Ward PR list Total
African National Congress 8 2 10
Democratic Alliance 1 3 4
Economic Freedom Fighters 0 2 2
Bushbuckridge Residents Association 0 1 1
Total 9 8 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "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[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Bela-Bela" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Bela-Bela" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  8. ^ "ANC wins Bela-Bela local municipality by-election". The Citizen. 24 July 2018.

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