About Us

Kopanong Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Xhariep District of the Free State in South Africa. The name is a Sesotho word meaning “meeting place or where people are invited”. The name earmarks unity and seeks to encourage co-operation.

 

Politics

The municipal council consists of fifteen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Eight councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in eight wards, while the remaining seven 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 eleven seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.

Racial makeup (2011)

Black African – 71.5%
Coloured – 18.2%
Indian/Asian – 0.4%
White – 9.4%

First Languages

Sotho – 37.9%
Afrikaans – 34.8%
Xhosa – 20.6%
Tswana – 2.4%
Other – 4.3%

POPULATION (2011)

Total – 49,171
Density – 3.1/km2 (8.1/sq mi)

AREA

Total – 15,645 km2 (6,041 sq mi)