Waterberg District Municipality

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Waterberg
District Municipality
Official seal of Waterberg
Seal
Location in Limpopo
Location in Limpopo
Coordinates: 24°42′S 28°24′E / 24.700°S 28.400°E / -24.700; 28.400Coordinates: 24°42′S 28°24′E / 24.700°S 28.400°E / -24.700; 28.400
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
Seat Modimolle
Local municipalities
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Rosina Mokgotlane
Area
 • Total 44,913 km2 (17,341 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 679,336
 • Density 15/km2 (39/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 91.2%
 • Coloured 0.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 7.6%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Northern Sotho 56.4%
 • Tswana 11.5%
 • Tsonga 8.3%
 • Afrikaans 7.7%
 • Other 16.1%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal code DC36
Pre-2011 map of South Africa showing Waterberg (within Limpopo province)

Waterberg is one of the 5 districts of Limpopo province of South Africa. The seat of Waterberg is Modimolle. The majority of its 745 758 people speak Sepedi, also known as Northern Sotho (2016 Community Survey). The district code is DC36.

Geography

The municipality contains much of the Waterberg Biosphere, a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. The Waterberg Biosphere is a massif of approximately 654,033 hectare. Waterberg is the first region in the northern part of South Africa to be named as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The extensive rock formation was shaped by hundreds of millions of years of riverine erosion to yield diverse bluff and butte landform.[4] The ecosystem can be characterised as a dry deciduous forest or Bushveld. Within the Waterberg there are archaeological finds dating to the Stone Age, and nearby are early evolutionary finds related to the origin of humans.

The following sets forth neighboring municipalities and principal municalities within the Waterberg District Municipality:

Neighbours

Waterberg is surrounded (clockwise) by:

Local municipalities

The district contains the following local municipalities:

Local municipality Population % Dominant language
Mogalakwena 325 291 43.62% Sepedi (Northern Sotho)
Lephalale 140 240 18.81% Sepedi (Northern Sotho)
Modimolle/Mookgophong 107 699 14.44% Sepedi (Northern Sotho)
Thabazimbi 96 232 12.90 Setswana
Bela-Bela 76 296 10.23 Sepedi (Northern Sotho)

Source: Statistics South Africa, Community Survey 2016

Demographics

The following statistics are from the 2016 Community Survey

Language Population %
Sepedi (Northern Sotho) 450 575 60.42
Setswana 91 750 12.30
Xitsonga 47 738 6.40
Afrikaans 57 832 7.75
Isindebele 15 672 2.10
Sesotho 14 791 1.98
Isixhosa 11 763 1.58
English 7 690 1.03
Tshivenda 7 021 0.94
Isizulu 4 284 0.57
Siswati 1372 0.18

Gender

Gender Population %
Female 364 265 48.84%
Male 381 493 51.16%

Ethnic group

Ethnic group Population %
Black African 680 815 91.29
White 59 998 8.05
Coloured 2 272 0.30
Indian/Asian 2 673 0.36

Age

Age Population %
000 - 004 98 391 13.19 %
005 - 009 84 122 11.28 %
010 - 014 74 195 9.95 %
015 - 019 64 258 8.62 %
020 - 024 66 169 8.87 %
025 - 029 70 743 9.49 %
030 - 034 57 856 7.76 %
035 - 039 45 331 6.08 %
040 - 044 38 129 5.11 %
045 - 049 34 767 4.66 %
050 - 054 29 852 4.00 %
055 - 059 24 442 3.28 %
060 - 064 19 397 2.6 %
065 - 069 13 120 1.76 %
070 - 074 10 651 1.43 %
075 - 079 7 386 0.99 %
080 - 084 3 783 0.51 %
085 + 3 167 0.42 %

Politics

Election results

Election results for Waterberg in the South African Municipal election, 2016

Party Votes %
African National Congress 95 383 57.87 %
Democratic Alliance 26 791 16.26 %
Freedom Front Plus 4 403 2.67 %
United Christian Democratic Party 357 0.22 %
Pan African Congress 370 0.22 %
Congress of The People 1467 0.89 %
Economic Freedom Fighters 32 578 19.77 %
Mogalakwena Residents 1 253 0.76 %
South African Christian 308 0.19 %
Thabazimbi Residents 1900 1.15 %
Total 0 100.00%

See also

References

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. 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. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Mark L. Cooke and Helen Murray, The Waterberg Biosphere, Lumina Technologies, May 22, 2006. [1]

External links

  • Waterberg District Municipality
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