This post gives the potted history of Nquthu municipality and the surrounding areas, helping to explain why so many parties seem to be campaigning so hard for a relatively unimportant municipality.
All the buzz and hubbub is around the four metros where coalitions will be needed (Nelson Mandela Bay, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni) but there are another 23 municipalities with no clear winners.
Below is the map of the status of South African municipalities after the 2016 municipal elections. The municipalities have been divided into those which have a clear majority and those which should need coalition governments. Those with a clear majority have been further divided into those which are relatively safe for the particular governing party […]
Elections are less than four weeks away. Do you know which parties are contesting your ward?
Barring some kind of miracle, the National Freedom Party (NFP) isn’t going to be contesting the upcoming municipal elections. It’s an ignoble end to the party’s 2016 campaign and it’s quite possibly the end of the party as a regional force in northern KwaZulu-Natal. All available information suggests that the party has been in decline […]
I know, I know, the headline is a little bit clickbaity. But you know that we have the good stuff on this blog. Here are two maps which will give you the solid background you need to speak intelligibly and intelligently about the upcoming municipal elections.
Here’s a map of the 2011 municipal ward winners by party. It was made using CartoDB, which is one of my favourite mapping programmes. As you can see, it’s ridiculously easy to make really beautiful maps with it. If you click on a particular ward you’ll see a little information box pop up with the […]
I talk about the DA’s dies horribilis, catching feelings from responses to my by-election reports, and how political affiliations makes you stupid
Here’s a very quick and informal update on the 30 September by-elections. It’s really a bunch of random thoughts with some analysis thrown in, plus a threadbare apology for not keeping in contact with you.
Wednesday’s municipal by-elections had just enough incident and spectacle to hold the interest of the casual observer. The ANC lost another KwaZulu-Natal ward to the IFP and the DA came agonisingly close to winning back a Western Cape ward (and possibly the whole municipality) from the ANC.