JB Marks Local Municipality

JB Marks Local Municipality is a local municipality of South Africa. It was established after the August 2016 local elections by the merging of Tlokwe Local Municipality (which included Potchefstroom) and Ventersdorp Local Municipality.[3]

JB Marks Local Municipality
Map of the North West with JB Marks highlighted
Map of the North West with JB Marks highlighted
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceNorth West
DistrictDr Kenneth Kaunda
SeatPotchefstroom
Government
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorKgotso Khumalo (ANC)
 • SpeakerElisa Mogoeemang (ANC)
Area
 • Total6,398 km2 (2,470 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total219,464
 • Density34/km2 (89/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeNW405

The municipality was renamed after JB Marks in 2017, following the creation of the new municipality the year before. Other name proposals included Josie Mpama.[4] Marks was born in Ventersdorp while Mpama was born in Potchefstroom.

PoliticsEdit

The municipal council consists of seventy-seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirty-four councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirty-four wards, while the remaining thirty-three 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 thirty-four seats on the council. In October 2020, JB Marks mayor Kgotso Moses Khumalo and municipal director Cyril Hendry were arrested for fraud and theft involving R5m and appeared in the Potchefstroom Magistrate's Court.[5]

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

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
ANC 33,420 33,269 66,689 50.9 24 10 34
Democratic Alliance 21,009 21,222 42,231 32.2 10 12 22
Economic Freedom Fighters 4,927 4,885 9,812 7.5 0 5 5
Freedom Front Plus 3,586 3,471 7,057 5.4 0 4 4
Independent Councillors 2,101 2,036 4,137 3.2 0 2 2
Congress of the People 21 574 595 0.5 0 0 0
Independent 396 - 396 0.3 0 0 0
Pan Africanist Congress 44 151 195 0.2 0 0 0
Total 65,504 65,608 131,112 100.0 34 33 67
Spoilt votes 1,169 1,374 2,543

LanguagesEdit

The 2011 census indicated the following prevalence of languages for the combined municipalities of Tlokwe and Ventersdorp: 67.1% Setswana; 17.4% Afrikaans; 4.2% English; 1.4% IsiZulu; 1.3% Sesotho; 1.0% IsiXhosa; 0.8% IsiNdebele ... [8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DA to be watchdog of ANC in North West". OFM.
  2. ^ a b Sum of the statistics from Census 2011 for Tlokwe, Ventersdorp.
  3. ^ "The Local Government Handbook". Retrieved 6 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ News24 - New names for Potch municipality. Retrieved on 5 April 2017
  5. ^ "Hawks arrest JB Marks mayor and director for fraud and theft involving R5m". News 24. 23 October 2020. Retrieved 24 December 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Potchefstroom" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Potchefstroom" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Africa, Statistics South. "Local Municipality | Statistics South Africa".

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