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Location of George Local Municipality within the Western Cape
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Melvin Naik (DA)|
|• Total||5,191 km2 (2,004 sq mi)|
|• Density||37/km2 (97/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||28.2%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
The municipality covers an area of 5,191 square kilometres (2,004 sq mi) in the Garden Route and Little Karoo regions. It includes the coastal plateau around the city of George, and extends northeast over the Outeniqua Mountains to include the eastern end of the Little Karoo as far as the Swartberg mountains and the boundary with the Eastern Cape province. It abuts on the Mossel Bay Municipality to the west, the Oudtshoorn Municipality to the northwest, the Baviaans Municipality to the northeast, the Kou-Kamma Municipality to the east, and the Bitou and Knysna Municipalities to the southeast.
According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 193,672 people in 53,551 households. Of this population, 50.4% describe themselves as "Coloured", 28.2% as "Black African", and 19.7% as "White". The first language of 67.2% of the population is Afrikaans, while 21.7% speak Xhosa and 8.1% speak English.
The majority of the residents of the municipality are in the city of George, which as of 2011 has a population of 157,394. Close to George are the coastal resorts of Herolds Bay (pop. 704) and Wilderness (pop. 6,164). Haarlem (pop. 2,376) and Uniondale (pop. 4,525) are in the interior of the municipality at the top of the Langkloof.
The municipal council consists of fifty-three members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-seven councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-seven wards, while the remaining twenty-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 Democratic Alliance (DA) won a majority of twenty-nine seats on the council.
|African National Congress||17,633||17,348||34,981||29.2%||9||7||16|
|Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners||1,983||2,024||4,007||3.3%||0||2||2|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||1,514||1,485||2,999||2.5%||0||1||1|
|Independent Civic Organisation||1,483||1,505||2,988||2.5%||0||1||1|
|Freedom Front Plus||1,029||955||1,984||1.7%||0||1||1|
|African Christian Democratic Party||877||782||1,659||1.4%||0||1||1|
|African Independent Congress||693||850||1,543||1.3%||0||1||1|
|South Africa Civics||724||755||1,479||1.2%||0||1||1|
|Democratic New Civic Association||156||211||367||0.3%||0||0||0|
|South African Religious Civic Organisation||134||138||272||0.2%||0||0||0|
|George Independent Ratepayers Forum||93||92||185||0.2%||0||0||0|
|Christian United Movement S.A.||30||57||87||0.1%||0||0||0|
|Total votes cast||60,855||60,680||121,535|
|African National Congress||10||7||17|
|Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners||0||2||2|
|African Christian Democratic Party||0||1||1|
|African Independent Congress||0||1||1|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||0||1||1|
|Freedom Front Plus||0||1||1|
|Independent Civic Organisation||0||1||1|
|South Africa Civics||0||1||1|
The local council sends six representatives to the council of the Garden Route District Municipality. As of February 2017[update] this delegation consisted of three councillors from the Democratic Alliance, two from the African National Congress and one from the African Independent Congress.