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Gamagara Local Municipality

Gamagara
Official seal of Gamagara
Seal
Location in the Northern Cape
Location in the Northern Cape
Coordinates: 27°40′S 23°00′E / 27.667°S 23.000°E / -27.667; 23.000
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceNorthern Cape
DistrictJohn Taolo Gaetsewe
SeatKathu
Wards7
Government
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorJames Molodi Rakoi
Area
 • Total2,619 km2 (1,011 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total41,617
 • Density16/km2 (41/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African55.0%
 • Coloured28.7%
 • Indian/Asian0.6%
 • White14.0%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans53.9%
 • Tswana33.7%
 • English3.6%
 • Sotho1.4%
 • Other7.4%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeNC453

Gamagara Local Municipality is an administrative area in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District of the Northern Cape in South Africa.

The name Gamogara is of Setswana origin. The municipality is named after a dry river which was in turn named after a man called Mogara of the Makwere clan (Batlhaping). During the early days of exploration, Mogara was the first person to settle in this part of the country. After 1887, the area became dominated by white farmers who then changed the name as they were unable to pronounce it correctly. Hence it was called Gamagara instead of Gamogara. The name is derived from a dry river that ran from Dibeng to join the Kuruman (Segonyana) river at Dikgatlong tsa ga Kganyile. Incidentally this is the route the Ba ga Motlhware followed on their way to their headquarters, Maje a Mokhothu (Langeberg).[4]

Main places

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Dibeng 32401 8.58 4,023
Dingleton 32402 1.56 2,866
Ditloung 31903 0.62 3,044
Kathu 32404 8.53 8,247
Olifantshoek 31907 3.51 3,985
Remainder of the municipality 32403 2,449.38 1,048

Politics

The municipal council consists of thirteen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Seven councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in seven wards, while the remaining six 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 seven seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total % Ward List Total
African National Congress 5,736 6,035 11,771 48.7 4 3 7
Democratic Alliance 4,103 4,608 8,711 36.0 3 2 5
Economic Freedom Fighters 709 724 1,433 5.9 0 1 1
Independent 1,164 1,164 4.8 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 273 311 584 2.4 0 0 0
Gamagara Community Forum 116 198 314 1.3 0 0 0
Congress of the People 65 137 202 0.8 0 0 0
Total 12,166 12,013 24,179 100.0 7 6 13
Spoilt votes 378 436 814

References

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Gamagara" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Gamagara" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 June 2017.

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