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Newcastle Local Municipality

Newcastle Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Amajuba District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Newcastle
Official seal of Newcastle
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal
DistrictAmajuba
SeatNewcastle
Wards31
Government
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorCLLR Makhosini Nkosi
Area
 • Total1,855 km2 (716 sq mi)
Population
(2011)[2]
 • Total363,236
 • Density200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African91.9%
 • Coloured0.8%
 • Indian/Asian3.2%
 • White3.9%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu85.6%
 • English6.4%
 • Afrikaans3.5%
 • Other4.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeKZN252

Contents

Main placesEdit

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[4]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Charlestown 52401 18.48 3,204
Hlubi 52402 108.11 73,931
Madadeni 52403 25.15 116,798
Newcastle 52404 199.06 44,123
Ngagane 52405 4.90 1,206
Osizweni 52406 15.35 80,265
Remainder of the municipality 52408 1,483.87 13,449

PoliticsEdit

The municipal council consists of sixty-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 majority of forty-one seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[5][6]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
African National Congress 63,352 66,149 129,501 61.2 32 9 41
Inkatha Freedom Party 18,210 17,298 35,508 16.8 0 11 11
Democratic Alliance 9,587 9,993 19,580 9.3 2 4 6
Economic Freedom Fighters 8,074 8,128 16,202 7.7 0 5 5
Royal Loyal Progress 1,522 1,437 2,959 1.4 0 1 1
Independent 2,379 2,379 1.1 0 0
Azanian People's Organisation 813 801 1,614 0.8 0 1 1
People's Revolutionary Movement 721 850 1,571 0.7 0 1 1
Freedom Front Plus 774 764 1,538 0.6 0 1 1
African Christian Democratic Party 376 381 757 0.4 0 0 0
Total 105,808 105,801 211,609 100.0 34 33 67
Spoilt votes 1,849 1,821 3,670

In a by-election held on 5 April 2017, a ward previously held by the ANC was won by an independent candidate.[7] Council composition was reconfigured as seen below:

Party Ward PR list Total
African National Congress 31 9 40
Inkatha Freedom Party 0 11 11
Democratic Alliance 2 4 6
Economic Freedom Fighters 0 5 5
Azanian People's Organisation 0 1 1
Freedom Front Plus 0 1 1
Independent 1 1
People's Revolutionary Movement 0 1 1
Royal Loyal Progress 0 1 1
Total 34 33 67

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. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  5. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Newcastle" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Newcastle" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Results of the Municipal By-Elections held on 05 April 2017". Electoral Commission of South Africa. 6 April 2017. furthermore an independent candidate won a seat previously held by the African National Congress

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