Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (EC145)

Walter Sisulu Local Municipality was established by the amalgamation of Gariep Local Municipality and Maletswai Local Municipality on 3 August 2016. Financial, Employment and Service Delivery information is not yet available for the new municipality. View historical information for Gariep Local Municipality and Maletswai Local Municipality.


    Contact Details

    Postal: PO Box 13, Burgersdorp, 9744
    Physical: 1 Greyling Street, Burgersdorp, 9744
    Tel: 051 653 1777
    Fax: 051 653 0056

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    Geography, History and Economy

    Area: 13 269km²
    Description: The Walter Sisulu Local Municipality is a Category B municipality located in the west of the Joe Gqabi District in the Eastern Cape Province, south of the Orange River and Gariep Dam. The Orange River separates Walter Sisulu from both the Northern Cape and Free State Provinces. The municipality is the largest of the three in the district, making up half of its geographical area. It was established by the amalgamation of the Gariep and Maletswai Local Municipalities in August 2016.
     The Walter Sisulu Local Municipality has fairly diverse vegetation and is home to three distinct vegetation types, one of which – Eastern Mixed Nama Karoo – is recognised as a nationally significant biome. It is characterised by mountains, hills and valleys. This area is well known for its stock farming, of which sheep production is one of the dominating sectors. The streams and rivers team with fish, trout being a common species. Rock foundations have beautiful artwork made years ago by the founders of the area – the Khoisan.
     A thermal springs resort, named Aliwal Spa, is located within the municipal area and produces salty water, rich in minerals, from underground.

    Main Economic Sectors: Government services, community services, transport and communication, finance and business services, manufacturing, agriculture, trade, construction
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    Political Management

    Composition of Council: ANC 15, DA 5, EFF 1, MALETSWAI CIVIC ASSOCIATION 1
    Controlling Party: ANC
    Mayor: Bulelwa Khweyiya
    Other Members of Council: B Khweyiya (Exco Chairperson), Ngubo (Exco), Davids (Exco), Hardkopf (Exco), Schoeman (Finance Committee), Mdumisa (Finance Committee), Masina (Finance Committee), Mangali (Finance Committee), Hardkopf (Chairperson: Finance Committee), D De Jongh (Corporate Services Committee), Z Mqokrwana (Corporate Services Committee), M Solani (Corporate Services Committee), Y Zweni (Corporate Services Committee), V Davids (Chairperson: Corporate Services Committee), E Theron (Community Services Committee), L Nkunzi (Community Services Committee), B Khweyiya (Chairperson: Community Services Committee), M Mtshingana (Community Services Committee), X Mabusela (Technical Services Committee), B Ndika (Technical Services Committee), N Ngubo (Technical Services Committee), M Mokhoabane (Technical Services Committee)

    Administrative Management

    Municipal Manager: Mr Thembinkosi Mawonga
    Chief Financial Officer: Mr Thomas Maseko
    Communications Officer: Ms Buli Mgojo
    LED Officer: Mr R Khamali
    Other Senior Management: Mr S Botha (Director: Corporate Services), Mr P Pungwani (Director: Community Services), Ms N B B Mokhantso (Director: Institutional Planning and Economic Development)
    Population 87 26377 477
    Age Structure
    Population under 15 35.5%32.1%
    Population 15 to 64 60.8%62.0%
    Population over 65 3.7%6.0%
    Dependency Ratio
    Per 100 (15-64) 64.661.4
    Sex Ratio
    Males per 100 females 90.892.2
    Population Growth
    Per annum 2.70%n/a
    Labour Market
    Unemployment rate (official) n/an/a
    Youth unemployment rate (official) 15-34 n/an/a
    Education (aged 20 +)
    No schooling 7.4%12.5%
    Matric 24.8%19.2%
    Higher education 7.9%8.5%
    Household Dynamics
    Households 23 70621 874
    Average household size 3.73.4
    Female headed households 42.4%42.4%
    Formal dwellings 89.3%90.2%
    Housing owned 60.9%47.9%
    Household Services
    Flush toilet connected to sewerage 83.0%72.1%
    Weekly refuse removal 83.4%82.1%
    Piped water inside dwelling 48.1%45.4%
    Electricity for lighting 87.4%87.0%

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

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