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Hlabisa Local Municipality

Hlabisa was an administrative area in the Umkhanyakude District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Hlabisa is an isiZulu surname of the two nkosis (kings) in the area. The municipality was situated within the vicinity of four Tribal Authorities which are the Mkhwanazi Tribal Authority, the Mdletshe Tribal Authority, and two Hlabisa Tribal Authorities.[4]

Hlabisa
Local municipality
Official seal of Hlabisa
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uMkhanyakude
Seat Hlabisa
Wards 8
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Bhekinkosi Ntombela
Area
 • Total 1,555 km2 (600 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 71,925
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 99.4%
 • Coloured 0.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.1%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 95.0%
 • Southern Ndebele 1.5%
 • English 1.2%
 • Other 2.3%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal code KZN274

The municipality was generally characterised by isolated rural communities with high levels of poverty. The most significant land use was subsistence agriculture and dispersed settlements, plantations and agriculture are found throughout the municipality. The major draw card of Hlabisa was the tourism industry centred on the adjacent game reserve.[5]

After municipal elections on 3 August 2016 it was merged into the larger Big Five Hlabisa Local Municipality.

Contents

Main placesEdit

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[6]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Abakwahlabisa 53501 133.62 16,583
Hlabisa 53502 1.14 652
Mdletshe 53503 375.17 38,851
Mpembeni 53504 114.83 10,490
Mpukunyoni 53505 796.90 110,299

PoliticsEdit

The municipal council consisted of sixteen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Eight councillors were elected by first-past-the-post voting in eight wards, while the remaining eight were chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives was proportional to the number of votes received. In the election of 18 May 2011 no party obtained a majority. The following table shows the results of the election.[7][8]

The National Freedom Party lost a ward to the Inkatha Freedom Party in a by-election in December 2012. As a result, the IFP gained a majority of 9 seats on the council.[9]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
Inkatha Freedom Party 8,573 8,502 17,075 46.8 6 2 8
African National Congress 5,052 5,076 10,128 27.8 1 3 4
National Freedom Party 4,559 4,561 9,120 25.0 1 3 4
Democratic Alliance 35 90 125 0.3 0 0 0
Total 18,219 18,229 36,448 100.0 8 8 16
Spoilt votes 329 318 647

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. ^ KwaZulu-Natal Top Business - Hlabisa Municipality
  6. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Hlabisa" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Hlabisa" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  9. ^ http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=345549&sn=Detail&pid=71616

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