Saldanha Bay Local Municipality
Saldanha Bay Municipality is a local municipality located within the West Coast District Municipality, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2011[update] it had a population of 99,193. Its municipality code is WC014.
Location in the Western Cape
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||M Koen (DA)|
|• Acting Municipal Manager||G Smith|
|• Total||2,015 km2 (778 sq mi)|
|• Density||49/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||24.5%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
The municipality covers a total area of 2,015 square kilometres (778 sq mi) which includes the West Coast Peninsula (also known as the Vredenburg Peninsula) and stretches southeast to include the West Coast National Park and the area around Hopefield. It abuts on the Bergrivier Municipality to the north and the Swartland Municipality to the east and south.
According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 99,193 people in 28,835 households. Of this population, 55.8% describe themselves as "Coloured", 24.5% as "Black African", and 18.0% as "White". The first language of 72.5% of the population is Afrikaans, while 16.4% speak Xhosa, 6.6% speak English and 1.2% speak Sotho.
The seat of the municipality and its largest town is Vredenburg, which is situated in the center of the eponymous peninsula and according to the 2011 census has a population of 38,382. To the south of Vredenburg is the harbour town of Saldanha (pop. 28,142) on the edge of Saldanha Bay. There are several other fishing and holiday towns on the coast of the municipality: St Helena Bay (pop. 11,529) on the northern coast of the Vredenburg Peninsula, Paternoster (pop. 1,971) and Jacobsbaai (pop. 416) on the western coast of the peninsula, and Langebaan (pop. 8,297) on the opposite side of Saldanha Bay from Saldanha. In the interior of the municipality is the town of Hopefield (pop. 6,460) and the village and air force base at Langebaanweg (pop. 952).
The municipal council consists of twenty-seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Fourteen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in fourteen 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 Democratic Alliance (DA) obtained a majority of seventeen seats on the council.
|African National Congress||10,306||10,361||20,667||29.5||3||5||8|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||693||701||1,394||2.0||0||1||1|
|Saldanha Bay Residents Alliance||634||499||1,133||1.6||0||1||1|
|Freedom Front Plus||327||309||636||0.9||0||0||0|
|African Christian Democratic Party||213||238||451||0.6||0||0||0|
|National Democratic Party||210||133||343||0.5||0||0||0|
|Service to Our People's Party||142||144||286||0.4||0||0||0|
|United Democratic Movement||–||58||58||0.1||–||0||0|
|Nationalist Coloured Party||37||–||37||0.1||0||–||0|
|The Peoples Independent Civic Organisation||–||23||23||0.0||–||0||0|
|Total votes cast||36,152||35,624||71,776|
|Total voter turnout||36,212|
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