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The municipal council consists of twenty-seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Fourteen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in fourteen wards, while the remaining thirteen are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received.
Marie Ferreira of the Democratic Alliance (DA) became executive mayor after the March 2006 local government elections when the DA formed a coalition with Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA) since no single party had obtained an outright majority. The DA held 10 seats in the (then) 23-seat council followed by 8 for the African National Congress (ANC) and 3 for ICOSA. Following the September 2007 floor-crossing window the DA gained an outright majority when 3 councillors defected to the DA resulting in the DA holding 13 seats out of 23 while the ANC lost a seat to the DA and currently has 7. ICOSA lost its representation in the council when 2 councillors defected to the DA and its one ward councillor became an independent.
|African National Congress||24,527||36.6||4||6||10|
|African Christian Democratic Party||1,544||2.3||0||1||1|
|Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa||694||1.0||0||0||0|
|Congress of the People||614||0.9||0||0||0|
|United Democratic Movement||159||0.2||0||0||0|
The local council sends four representatives to the council of the Eden District Municipality: two from the Democratic Alliance and one each from the African National Congress and the African Christian Democratic Party.
- Marie Ferreira (March 2006 - Present) (Democratic Alliance)
|Place||Code||Population||Most spoken language|
|Groot Brak Rivier||11707||1,774||Afrikaans|
|Jonkersberg State Forest||11712||135||Afrikaans|
|Klein Brak Rivier||11713||1,475||Afrikaans|
|Ruitersbos State Forest||11718||15||Afrikaans|
|Vyf Brakke Fonteinen||11721||797||Afrikaans|
|Remainder of the municipality||11723||8,211||Afrikaans|
- Hessequa Local Municipality (west)
- Oudtshoorn Local Municipality (north)
- George Local Municipality (east)
Low crime rates
In 2007, crime figures revealed that Mossel Bay recorded the lowest in the country for crime figures. Between August 2006 and July 2007, there were no murders, hijackings, or business robberies. The low unemployment rate has been cited as a factor for the low crime rates.
Towns and villages
Towns and villages in Mossel Bay Local Municipality include:
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- "Table: Census 2011, Municipalities, household size by population group of head of the household". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
- "Table: Census 2011 by municipalities,language, gender and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
- "Results Summary – All Ballots: Mossel Bay". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Seat Calculation Detail: Mossel Bay". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Political composition of councils". Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
- "Mossel Bay the safest place to visit". IOL. 2000-07-12.