Metsimaholo Local Municipality

Metsimaholo Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Fezile Dabi District of the Free State in South Africa. "Metsimaholo" means "big water" in Sesotho.[4]

Official seal of Metsimaholo
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceFree State
DistrictFezile Dabi
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorLindiwe Tshongwe (SACP)
 • Total1,717 km2 (663 sq mi)
 • Total149,108
 • Density87/km2 (220/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African82.3%
 • Coloured0.7%
 • Indian/Asian0.3%
 • White16.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Sotho59.9%
 • Afrikaans16.7%
 • Xhosa7.6%
 • Zulu6.0%
 • Other9.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeFS204

Main placesEdit

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[5]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Bertha Village 41901 0.58 666 Sotho
Coalbrook 41902 0.69 30 Xhosa
Deneysville 41903 6.50 1,124 Afrikaans
Holly Country 41904 0.93 614 Afrikaans
Metsimaholo 41914 0.79 3,193 Sotho
Oranjeville 41906 7.73 297 Afrikaans
Refengkgotso 41907 5.65 13,792 Sotho
Richmond Valley 41908 0.37 209 Afrikaans
Sasolburg 41909 49.82 24,568 Afrikaans
Taaibos 41910 1.50 1,301 Afrikaans
Vaal Power 41911 0.65 798 Sotho
Viljoensdrift 41912 2.49 589 Sotho
Zamdela 41913 10.21 57,070 Sotho
Remainder of the municipality 41905 1,651.37 11,723 Sotho


The municipal council consists of forty-six members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-three councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-three wards, while the remaining twenty-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 1 November 2021, no party won a majority on the council. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) formed a coalition with the African National Congress (ANC). The EFF's Selloane Motjeane was elected mayor, while Lucas Fisher of the ANC was elected Speaker and Fikile Msokweni of the ANC the Council Whip.

The following table shows the results of the 2021 election.[6]

African National Congress12,61234.231512,86034.71116
Democratic Alliance9,61226.0969,74426.30612
Economic Freedom Fighters9,16024.8629,52125.691012
Freedom Front Plus1,8264.9601,8424.9733
Independent candidates1,1783.2000
African Independent Congress5881.6005261.4211
Metsimaholo Community Association4181.1304921.3311
African Transformation Movement3871.0504591.2411
Agency for New Agenda1320.3603460.9300
Batho Ba Qetile1890.5101800.4900
African Christian Democratic Party1690.4601830.4900
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania1660.4501630.4400
Inkatha Freedom Party900.2402060.5600
Forum for Service Delivery1090.3001550.4200
Metsimaholo Progressive People Forum910.2501660.4500
Africa Restoration Alliance520.140440.1200
United Independent Movement300.080610.1600
Congress of the People130.040660.1800
Disability and Older Person Political Party240.070400.1100
Valid votes36,84698.3337,05498.66
Invalid/blank votes6251.675021.34
Total votes37,471100.0037,556100.00
Registered voters/turnout81,37946.0581,37946.15


  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. ^ "Election Result Table for LGE2021 — Metsimaholo". Retrieved 2021-11-20.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 26°49′00″S 27°49′00″E / 26.8167°S 27.8167°E / -26.8167; 27.8167