Umzumbe Local Municipality

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

Umzumbe
Official seal of Umzumbe
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal
DistrictUgu
SeatMtwalume
Wards19
Government
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorSizwe Ngcobo
Area
 • Total1,259 km2 (486 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total160,975
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African99.6%
 • Coloured0.1%
 • Indian/Asian0.1%
 • White0.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu95.9%
 • Southern Ndebele1.0%
 • Other3.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeKZN213

The municipality is named after the Umzumbe River.[4]

Towns within the municipal boundaries: Friedenau, KwaDweshula, St Faith’s, Umzumbe.[5]

Income levels in Umzumbe are very low, and reflect a situation of acute impoverishment. Almost 60% of all households have an income of less than R500 per month. Households rely for survival on pension and other welfare grants, migrant remittances, informal earnings and casual employment wages.[6]

Main placesEdit

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[7]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Bhekani 50301 9.38 477
Cele 50302 275.53 24,598
Dungeni 50303 39.27 5,363
Emandleni 50304 41.85 6,065
Hlongwa 50305 19.89 3,853
Mbhele / Amaphuthu 50306 62.10 8,776
Ndelu 50307 107.60 18,178
Nhlangwini 50308 83.03 16,764
Nyavini 50309 171.52 19,130
Qoloqolo 50310 54.51 14,177
Qwabe P 50311 57.40 10,504
Shiyabanye 50312 15.89 1,541
St Faith’s 50313 113.56 10,652
Thulini 50314 89.76 45,733

PoliticsEdit

The municipal council consists of thirty-nine members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty wards, while the remaining nineteen 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 thirty seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[8][9]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
African National Congress 32,816 33,309 66,125 75.6 20 10 30
Inkatha Freedom Party 7,500 7,097 14,597 16.7 0 6 6
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,415 1,584 2,999 3.4 0 1 1
Democratic Alliance 685 661 1,346 1.5 0 1 1
African People's Convention 587 628 1,215 1.4 0 1 1
Strength of Humanity 320 392 712 0.8 0 0 0
Independent 509 509 0.6 0 0
Total 43,832 43,671 87,503 100.0 20 19 39
Spoilt votes 1,244 1,284 2,528

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. ^ "Umzumbe Local Municipality Contact Details". Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Home. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  6. ^ KwaZulu-Natal Top Business - Umzumbe Municipality
  7. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  8. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Umzumbe" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Umzumbe" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 December 2016.

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Coordinates: 30°37′S 30°33′E / 30.617°S 30.550°E / -30.617; 30.550