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Msunduzi Local Municipality is a local municipality in Umgungundlovu District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It encompasses the city of Pietermaritzburg, which is the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal province and the main economic hub of Umgungundlovu District Municipality.

Msunduzi
Official seal of Msunduzi
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Location of Msunduzi Local Municipality within KwaZulu-Natal
Location of Msunduzi Local Municipality within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 29°37′S 30°23′E / 29.617°S 30.383°E / -29.617; 30.383Coordinates: 29°37′S 30°23′E / 29.617°S 30.383°E / -29.617; 30.383
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal
DistrictuMgungundlovu
SeatPietermaritzburg
Wards37
Government
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorThemba Njilo (ANC)
Area
 • Total634 km2 (245 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total618,536
 • Density980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African81.1%
 • Coloured2.9%
 • Indian/Asian9.8%
 • White6.0%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu72.4%
 • English19.0%
 • Afrikaans1.9%
 • Xhosa1.9%
 • Other4.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeKZN225

Msunduzi Municipality is situated on the N3 highway at a junction of an industrial corridor (from Durban to Pietermaritzburg) and an agro-industrial corridor (stretching from Pietermaritzburg to Estcourt). On the regional scale, it is located at the cross section of the N3 corridor and the Greytown Road corridor to the north, a tourist route to Drakensberg and Kokstad Road to the south.[3]

The city of Pietermaritzburg is a provincial and national centre of educational excellence. Pietermaritzburg is a seat of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is home to several other institutions of higher learning. In addition, Pietermaritzburg is home to a host of private and government-owned institutions of primary and secondary education.[3] (See Educational Institutions of Pietermaritzburg.)

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PoliticsEdit

The municipal council consists of seventy-eight members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirty-nine councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirty-nine wards, while the remaining thirty-nine 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 fifty-two seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[4][5]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
African National Congress 147,297 146,938 294,235 66.1 30 22 52
Democratic Alliance 42,732 42,865 85,597 19.2 9 6 15
Inkatha Freedom Party 14,886 14,712 29,598 6.7 0 5 5
Economic Freedom Fighters 9,344 8,927 18,271 4.1 0 3 3
African Independent Congress 1,582 4,848 6,430 1.4 0 1 1
Independent 4,034 4,034 0.9 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 913 946 1,859 0.4 0 1 1
Al Jama-ah 908 653 1,561 0.4 0 1 1
African People's Convention 457 773 1,230 0.3 0 0 0
Minority Front 623 585 1,208 0.3 0 0 0
Peoples Alliance 146 266 412 0.1 0 0 0
Congress of the People 126 277 403 0.1 0 0 0
Azanian People's Organisation 117 254 371 0.1 0 0 0
Total 223,165 222,044 445,209 100.0 39 39 78
Spoilt votes 4,399 4,474 8,873

MayorsEdit

  • Hloni Glenford Zondi, ?-2006 [6]
  • Zanele Hlatshwayo, 2006-2010 [6][7]
  • Mike Tarr, May 2010-? [8]
  • Chris Ndlela, 2011-2016 [9]
  • Themba Njilo, 2016–present[10][11]

Main placesEdit

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[12]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Ashdown 51101 3.03 13,531
Edendale 51102 50.53 79,573
Imbali 51103 23.40 79,115
Inadi 51104 87.25 34,131
Mafunze 51105 60.55 36,186
Mpumuza 51106 97.56 55,260
Nxamalala 51108 12.94 14,417
Pietermaritzburg 51109 160.99 223,519
Sobantu 51110 1.07 8,155
Wilgerfontein 51111 0.43 1,073
Ximba 51112 5.51 2,947
Remainder of the municipality 51107 144.53 5,315

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 c "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b Integrated Development Plan - May 2009. Msunduzi Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Msunduzi" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Msunduzi" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Hlatshwayo snatches mayorship from Zondi". Iol.co.za. 16 March 2006.
  7. ^ "Msunduzi.gov.za". Msunduzi Municipality. Archived from the original on 24 September 2006 – via Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "MEC fires official for 13 charges". Iol.co.za. 21 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Tough year for Msunduzi Municipality". Iol.co.za. 23 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Njilo to run for mayor". News24.com. 20 June 2016.
  11. ^ "'There will be no aloof councillors'-Njilo". Maritzburgsun.co.za. 24 August 2016.
  12. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa

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