Merafong City Local Municipality (GT484)

  • OVERVIEW

    Contact Details

    Postal: PO Box 3, Carletonville, 2500
    Physical: 3 Halite Street, Carletonville
    Tel: 018 788 9500
    Fax: 018 786 1105
    Web: www.merafong.gov.za

    Resident Queries

    Geography, History and Economy

    Area: 1 631km²
    Description: The Merafong City Local Municipality is a Category B municipality situated within the West Rand District in the Gauteng Province. It is the largest of three municipalities in the district, making up almost half of its geographical area. It is situated about 65km from Johannesburg and is serviced by a number of major roads, including the N12 from Johannesburg to Cape Town and the N14, which is the main road between Gauteng and Mahikeng (previously Mafikeng) via Ventersdorp. Its boundaries enclose some of the richest gold mines in the world.
     Formerly a cross-border municipality, the entire municipality was transferred to the North West Province following the abolition of cross-border municipalities by an amendment to the South African Constitution in 2005. The municipality was part of the North West Province from 2005 to 2009, when it was reincorporated into the Gauteng 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.
     Wedela is situated 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.

    Cities/Towns: Carletonville, Fochville, Wedela
    Main Economic Sectors: Mining (50.7%), trade (9.7%), finance and business services (9.9%), community services (9.2%), general government (9.1%)
  • MAP

  • MANAGEMENT

    Political Management

    Composition of Council: ANC 30, DA 12, EFF 9, AIC 1, IFP 1, UDM 1, VF PLUS 1
    Controlling Party: ANC
    Mayor: S M Mogale Letsie
    Other Members of Council: T E Mphithikezi (Speaker), W T Mosiane (Chief Whip), M Ngqele (Portfolio Head: Corporate and Shared Services), E M Lekopa (Portfolio Head: Health and Social Development), N Best (Portfolio Head: LED, Tourism and Rural Development)

    Administrative Management

    Municipal Manager: Mr Langa Thibini (Acting)
    Chief Financial Officer: Ms Antoinette Ngwenya
    Communications Officer: Mr Chris Spies (Manager: Corporate Communication and Marketing)
    LED Officer: Mr Albie Nieuwoudt (Executive Director: Economic Development, Planning and Environmental Management)
    Other Senior Management: Ziwa Hobe (Executive Director: Community Services), Lekgau Maja (Executive Director: Infrastructure Development)
  • DEMOGRAPHIC
      20162011
    Population 188 843197 520
    Age Structure
    Population under 15 23.3%24.1%
    Population 15 to 64 72.2%72.5%
    Population over 65 4.5%3.4%
    Dependency Ratio
    Per 100 (15-64) 38.537.9
    Sex Ratio
    Males per 100 females 115.3118.6
    Population Growth
    Per annum -1.02%n/a
    Labour Market
    Unemployment rate (official) n/a27.2%
    Youth unemployment rate (official) 15-34 n/a37.8%
    Education (aged 20 +)
    No schooling 4.1%6.5%
    Matric 29.4%26.3%
    Higher education 9.0%7.1%
    Household Dynamics
    Households 79 83466 624
    Average household size 2.42.7
    Female headed households 29.2%29.4%
    Formal dwellings 81.3%74.7%
    Housing owned 36.9%29.8%
    Household Services
    Flush toilet connected to sewerage 85.8%81.0%
    Weekly refuse removal 75.2%74.9%
    Piped water inside dwelling 62.1%52.9%
    Electricity for lighting 86.7%82.8%

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

  • FINANCIAL
    All values: R'0002015/162014/152013/142012/13
    AUDIT OUTCOME n/aFinancially unqualified with findingsFinancially unqualified with findingsFinancially unqualified with findings
    FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
    Property rates215 275142 151269 438262 877
    Service charges597 455536 340514 044472 582
    Investment revenue5 2038 19416 86317 089
    Transfers recognised - operational188 110324 708527 030515 332
    Other own revenue98 23272 96061 17449 977
    Total Revenue (excluding capital transfers and contributions)1 104 2751 084 3541 388 5481 317 857
    Employee costs298 743312 717299 183259 848
    Remuneration of councillors19 79518 76217 75316 619
    Depreciation & asset impairment74 877127 213111 469102 666
    Finance charges8 6543 8194 4526 993
    Materials and bulk purchases391 379373 917313 927326 731
    Transfers and grants7 895111 712144 966134 358
    Other expenditure418 032460 685421 594314 025
    Total Expenditure1 219 3741 408 8251 313 3431 161 240
    Surplus/(Deficit)(115 099)(324 471)75 205156 617
    Transfers recognised - capital-164 661-28
    Contributions recognised - capital & contributed assets----
    Surplus/(Deficit) after capital transfers & contributions(115 099)(159 811)75 205156 644
    Share of surplus/(deficit) of associate----
    Surplus/(Deficit) for the year(115 099)(159 811)75 205156 644
    CAPITAL EXPENDITURE & FUNDS SOURCES
    Capital expenditure155 902200 042181 143179 014
    Transfers recognised - capital144 924164 496168 350179 014
    Public contributions & donations----
    Borrowing10 55923 3894 052-
    Internally generated funds41912 1588 742-
    Total sources of capital funds155 902200 042181 143179 014
    FINANCIAL POSITION
    Total current assets332 125355 701658 204658 204
    Total non current assets3 148 0002 996 9262 873 0642 814 605
    Total current liabilities405 096400 710578 057574 673
    Total non current liabilities226 213250 647165 530146 823
    Community wealth/Equity2 848 8162 701 2712 787 6822 751 314
    CASH FLOWS
    Net cash from (used) operating41 47071 033(41 102)341 941
    Net cash from (used) investing(124 330)(200 041)(181 143)(185 532)
    Net cash from (used) financing(13 298)11 010(8 247)(27 135)
    Cash/cash equivalents at the year end(10 610)85 948203 946434 438
    UNAUTHORISED, IRREGULAR, FRUITLESS & WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE
    Unauthorised expendituren/a-65 690-
    Irregular expendituren/a-308 62328 370
    Fruitless & wasteful expendituren/a396--
    SOURCES71 UnauditedS71 AuditedS71 AuditedS71 Audited

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

  • EMPLOYMENT
      2014/152013/142012/132011/12
    Employment
    Employment Costs (R’000) 312 717299 183259 848241 890
    Remuneration of councillors (R’000) 18 76217 75316 61915 332
     
    Total Employee Positions 1 4931 1561 3671 683
    Total Vacant Employee Positions 3262293583
    Total Vacancy Percentage 21.84%0.17%21.43%34.64%
     
    Managerial Positions - S57 7777
    Vacant Managerial Positions - S57 1114
    Managerial Positions - by organogram 35352739
    Vacant Managerial Positions - by organogram 1142
    Community And Social Service Positions 277229244303
    Vacant Community And Social Service Positions 11017188
    Finance And Administration Positions 22612699232
    Vacant Finance And Administration Positions 4702898
    Electricity Positions 226104121133
    Vacant Electricity Positions 11703857
    Enviromental Protection Positions 0058149
    Vacant Enviromental Protection Positions 001517
    Health Positions 7007
    Vacant Health Positions 1000
    Public Safety Positions 175150157164
    Vacant Public Safety Positions 2604628
    Road Transport Positions 625910062
    Vacant Road Transport Positions 1703315
    Sport And Recreation Positions 234187198
    Vacant Sport And Recreation Positions 001073
    Waste Management Positions 253181247240
    Vacant Waste Management Positions 7304884
    Waste Water Management Positions 4765640
    Vacant Waste Water Management Positions 130200
    Water Positions 9952156149
    Vacant Water Positions 1903317
    Other Positions 5610700
    Vacant Other Positions 0000

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

  • SERVICE DELIVERY
      2014/152013/142012/132011/12
    Water
    Blue Drop Score n/a84.56n/a92.21
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNoNoNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 106 158100 71298 23890 613
    Number of domestic households/delivery points 105 23199 70498 23863 269
    Inside the yard 79 44473 91772 45162 380
    Less than 200m from yard 25 78725 78725 787889
    More than 200m from yard 0000
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 7 1095 3264 2724 750

    Electricity
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? YesYesYesYes
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 49 18347 56946 77946 779
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 7 1095 3264 2724 750

    Sewerage and Sanitation
    Green Drop Score n/an/a00
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNoNoNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 69 40668 98166 38763 269
    Number of households using
    Flush toilet - public sewerage 65 14956 76755 30153 967
    Flush toilet - septic tank 1 3861 3001 3001 300
    Ventilated pit latrine 1 5249 9069 7867 900
    Bucket system 000102
    Other 420000
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 7 1095 3264 2724 750

    Solid Waste Services
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNoNoNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 43 47843 42843 42830 012
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 7 1095 3264 2724 750

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

  • LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Key Projects

    Support cooperatives through training; small business centre in Khutsong, Khutsong South, Hive Phase 2 and informal trading area in Carletonville Phase 2; hawker support through building of informal trading area; tourism support through the Tourism Association.

    Key Investment Opportunities

    Agriculture hub-related export; N12 Treasure Route; PPP with mines; business process outsourcing.
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