Location in the Western Cape
|o Type||Municipal council|
|o Mayor||Conrad Poole (DA)|
|o Legislature||Drakenstein Municipal Council|
|o Total||1,538 km2 (594 sq mi)|
|o Density||160/km2 (420/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|o Black African||22.7%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
Drakenstein Municipality is a local municipality located within the Cape Winelands District Municipality, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2011 it had a population of 251,262. Its municipality code is WC023.
The municipality covers a total area of 1,538 square kilometres (594 sq mi) in the valley of the Berg River to the west of the Boland mountain ranges. It stretches about 75 kilometres (47 mi) from Saron in the north to beyond Paarl in the south. It abuts on the Witzenberg Municipality and Breede Valley Municipality to the east, the Stellenbosch Municipality to the south, the City of Cape Town and the Swartland Municipality to the west, and the Bergrivier Municipality to the north.
According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 251,262 people in 59,774 households. Of this population, 62.5% describe themselves as "Coloured", 22.7% as "Black African", and 13.5% as "White". The first language of 75.0% of the population is Afrikaans, while 16.7% speak Xhosa and 5.1% speak English.
The principal town and location of the municipal headquarters is Paarl, situated in the south of the municipality, which as of 2011 has a population of 112,045 people. Paarl is the southernmost part of a continuous built-up area along the Berg River which also includes Mbekweni (pop. 30,875) and Wellington (pop. 55,543). In the northern part of the municipality are the smaller towns of Gouda (pop. 3,441) and Saron (pop. 7,843).
The municipal council consists of sixty-five members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirty-three councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirty-three wards, while the remaining thirty-two 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 Democratic Alliance (DA) obtained a majority of forty-three seats on the council.
|African National Congress||17,858||20,975||38,833||23.6||6||9||15|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||1,988||1,901||3,889||2.4||0||2||2|
|People's Democratic Movement||2,349||291||2,640||1.6||1||0||1|
|African Christian Democratic Party||1,180||1,085||2,265||1.4||0||1||1|
|Federation of Democrats||685||543||1,228||0.7||0||1||1|
|Independent Civic Organisation||638||578||1,216||0.7||0||1||1|
|Freedom Front Plus||593||551||1,144||0.7||0||1||1|
|Congress of the People||597||503||1,100||0.7||0||0||0|
|Alliance for Democratic Freedom||526||467||993||0.6||0||0||0|
|South African Progressive Civic Organisation||461||410||871||0.5||0||0||0|
|Pan Africanist Congress||168||227||395||0.2||0||0||0|
|South Africa People's Party||32||44||76||0.0||0||0||0|
|Total votes cast||83,519||83,477||166,996|
|Total voter turnout||83,666|
The local council sends eight representatives to the council of the Cape Winelands District Municipality: five from the Democratic Alliance, two from the African National Congress, and one from the Economic Freedom Fighters.