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.
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 […]
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.
Wowee, but our president and his humble pied–à–terre have been been the focus of all this attention. Here’s a bit more focus, looking at Nkandla the municipality which plays host to Nkandla the family home / compound / homestead / etc.
Here’s a summary of the by-elections in Mtubatuba
Here’s the first part of the 6 May by-elections review, looking at 8 wards outside of Mtubatuba
This is the second part of the May 6 by-elections review, focusing on the 19 wards contested in the Mtubatuba local municipality