Lesedi Local Municipality

Lesedi Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Sedibeng District of Gauteng in South Africa.

Lesedi
Official seal of Lesedi
Seal
Location in Gauteng
Location in Gauteng
Coordinates: 26°30′S 28°30′E / 26.500°S 28.500°E / -26.500; 28.500Coordinates: 26°30′S 28°30′E / 26.500°S 28.500°E / -26.500; 28.500
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceGauteng
DistrictSedibeng
SeatHeidelberg
Wards13
Government
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorLerato Maloka
Area
 • Total1,484 km2 (573 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total99,520
 • Density67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African77.3%
 • Coloured1.2%
 • Indian/Asian1.3%
 • White19.7%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu40.8%
 • Sotho21.9%
 • Afrikaans19.5%
 • English5.0%
 • Other12.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeGT423

Heidelberg is the seat of the municipality. During the first war of independence, Heidelberg served as capital of the South African Republic, from 1880 to 1883.

Lesedi is a Sesotho word meaning "light". The name was decided upon because the municipality represents the light of the area.[4]

PoliticsEdit

The municipal council consists of twenty-six members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirteen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirteen wards, while the remaining thirteen 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 seats on the council.

The planned abolition of the Lesedi, and its absorption into Ekurhuleni after the 2016 municipal elections, was blocked by the High Court of South Africa in 2015. [5]

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

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
African National Congress 18,829 18,888 37,717 62.1 10 6 16
Democratic Alliance 7,207 7,235 14,442 23.8 3 3 6
Economic Freedom Fighters 3,070 3,005 6,075 10.0 0 3 3
Freedom Front Plus 1,041 1,058 2,099 3.5 0 1 1
Inkatha Freedom Party 118 167 285 0.5 0 0 0
Independent 133 - 133 0.2 0 0 0
Total 30,398 30,353 60,751 100.0 13 13 26
Spoilt votes 367 373 740

Main placesEdit

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[8]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Devon 70601 1.72 704 Afrikaans
Heidelberg 70602 30.16 11,614 Afrikaans
Impumelelo 70603 1.44 6,226 Zulu
Ratanda 70606 4.15 35,145 Zulu
Remainder of the municipality 70604 1,378.90 16,350 Zulu

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. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Lesedi" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Lesedi" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  8. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa[permanent dead link]

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