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Location in the Eastern Cape
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Zamuxolo Peter (ANC)|
|• Municipal Manager||Dr Pravine Naidoo|
|• Total||4,376 km2 (1,690 sq mi)|
|• Density||18/km2 (48/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||78.0%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
Makana Local Municipality is the local municipality which governs the town of Grahamstown and surrounding areas in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It forms part of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality. The municipality is named after a Xhosa prophet, Makana.
|Place||Code||Population||Area (km2)||Most spoken language|
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 African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of seventeen seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.
|African National Congress||14,087||15,078||29,165||61.8||11||6||17|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||1,127||1,382||2,509||5.3||0||2||2|
|Azanian People's Organisation||142||208||350||0.7||0||0||0|
|United Democratic Movement||0||195||195||0.4||0||0||0|
In February 2011, Makana Municipality entered into a "Friendship Co-operation Agreement" with Raseborg Municipality in Finland. The project, which is to last three years, seeks to facilitate information sharing in the fields of economic development, arts & culture, women development, youth development, and education.
On 28 August 2014 the Municipality was placed under administration in response to financial and infrastructural crises. The interim administration order, made in terms of section 139(1)(b) of the South African Constitution, is expected to be reviewed after three months. Shortly after the administration order was announced, news of a damning forensic report — the Kabuso report — naming several municipal officials purported to be involved in financial impropriety was made public.