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Merafong City Local Municipality is a local municipality in
West Rand District Municipality West Rand District Municipality is one of the districts of Gauteng Gauteng ( ; tn, Gauteng; Sotho language, Northern and Southern Sotho: ''Gauteng''; zu, eGoli; Tsonga: ''Gauteng/eXilungwini;'' Southern Ndebele language, Ndebele, xh, iRhawut ...
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Gauteng Gauteng ( ; tn, Gauteng; Sotho language, Northern and Southern Sotho: ''Gauteng''; zu, eGoli; Tsonga: ''Gauteng/eXilungwini;'' Southern Ndebele language, Ndebele, xh, iRhawuti; nr, I-Gauteng; ve, Gauteng) is one of the nine provinces of Sout ...
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. Its boundaries encloses some of the richest gold mines in the world. It is situated about 65 km from Johannesburg and is serviced by a number of major roads, including the N12 from Johannesburg to Beaufort West and the N14 (the main road between Gauteng and Vryburg via Ventersdorp). Formerly a cross-border municipality, the entire municipality was transferred to the North West provinceIntegrated Development Plan.
Merafong City Local Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 6, 2009.
following the abolition of cross-border municipalities by an amendment to the South African Constitution in 2005. The municipality was a part of the North West Province (South Africa), North West Province from 2005 to 2009, when it was reincorporated into the
Gauteng Gauteng ( ; tn, Gauteng; Sotho language, Northern and Southern Sotho: ''Gauteng''; zu, eGoli; Tsonga: ''Gauteng/eXilungwini;'' Southern Ndebele language, Ndebele, xh, iRhawuti; nr, I-Gauteng; ve, Gauteng) is one of the nine provinces of Sout ...
Province by another amendment to the Constitution, following often violent protests in the township of Khutsong. Merafong's historical development is closely knit with the discovery of rich gold deposits in the early 1930s. Fochville is the oldest town in the region and was declared a town in 1951. The town Carletonville was named after Guy Carleton Jones, an engineer from the Gold Fields Ltd mining company, who played a prominent role in the discovery of the West Wits gold field, of which Carletonville forms a part. The mining company decided in November 1946 to establish the town. Carletonville was proclaimed in 1948 and attained Town Council Status on 1 July 1959.About Merafong.
Merafong City Local Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 6, 2009.
Wedela is situated in between Western Deep Levels and Elandsrand mine. The town's name is derived from the prefixes of the two mines: the "Wed-" from Western Deep Levels and the "-ela" from Elandsrand. Wedela was established as a mining village in December 1978 by Harry Oppenheimer, and municipal status was granted to the town on 1 January 1990. Attached to Fochville and Carletonville are the towns of Khutsong, Kokosi, Greenspark, Welverdiend, and Blybank.


Main places

The South African National Census of 2001, 2001 census divided the municipality into the following Populated place, main places:


Politics

The municipal council consists of fifty-five members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-eight councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-eight ward (South Africa), wards, while the remaining twenty-seven are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received. In the South African municipal election, 2016, election of 3 August 2016 the African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.


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External links


Official website
{{West Rand District Municipality Local municipalities of the West Rand District Municipality