Location in South Africa
Local municipalities within the Garden Route District
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Memory Booysen (DA) (2016-)|
|• Total||23,331 km2 (9,008 sq mi)|
|• Density||25/km2 (64/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||24.7%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
The Garden Route District Municipality (formerly known as the Eden District Municipality) is a district municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Its municipality code is DC4.
The Garden Route district covers an area of 23,331 square kilometres (9,008 sq mi) in the southeastern part of the Western Cape, covering the regions known as the Garden Route and the Little Karoo. It stretches to the Breede River mouth and the Langeberg mountains on the west, where it abuts the Overberg District Municipality and (for a short distance) the Cape Winelands District Municipality. To the north the boundary with the Central Karoo District Municipality runs along the Swartberg mountains. In the east the municipality runs up to the Eastern Cape provincial boundary.
The district is divided into seven local municipalities, described in the following table.
|Mossel Bay||Mossel Bay||89,430||2,011||44.5|
The council of the Garden Route District Municipality consists of thirty-five councillors. Fourteen councillors are directly elected by party-list proportional representation, and twenty-one are appointed by the councils of the local municipalities in the district: six by George, four by Mossel Bay, three each by Oudtshoorn and Knysna, two each by Hessequa and Bitou, and one by Kannaland.
After the election of 3 August 2016 there are twenty-one councillors from the Democratic Alliance (DA), twelve from the African National Congress (ANC), and one each from the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA) and the African Independent Congress (AIC).
The following table shows the detailed composition of the council.
|Appointed by local councils||Total|
|African National Congress||5||1||1||2||1||1||1||12|
|Independent Civic Organisation||1||1|
|African Independent Congress||1||1|
|African National Congress||61,755||30.9%||5|
|Independent Civic Organisation||10,791||5.4%||1|
|Freedom Front Plus||3,965||2.0%||0|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||3,604||1.8%||0|
|African Independent Congress||3,380||1.7%||0|
|Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners||2,592||1.3%||0|
|African Christian Democratic Party||2,439||1.2%||0|
|Congress of the People||1,804||0.9%||0|
|South African Religious Civic Organisation||1,018||0.5%||0|
|South Africa Civics||858||0.4%||0|
|Knysna Unity Congress||525||0.3%||0|
|Democratic New Civic Organisation||378||0.2%||0|
|George Independent Ratepayers Forum||163||0.1%||0|
|Total votes cast||203,647|
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- "Eden DM officially changed to Garden Route District Municipality" (Press release). George: Garden Route District Municipality. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
- "Kannaland Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- "Hessequa Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- "Mossel Bay Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- "George Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- "Oudtshoorn Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- "Bitou Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- "Knysna Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
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- "Political composition of councils February 2017" (PDF). Western Cape Department of Local Government. February 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
- "Detailed DC 40% Ballot Results Report: DC4 - Eden" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
- "Seat Calculation Detail: DC4 - Eden" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2017.