Matzikama Local Municipality

Matzikama Local Municipality is a local municipality which governs the northernmost part of the Western Cape province of South Africa, including the towns of Vredendal, Vanrhynsdorp, Klawer and Lutzville, and the surrounding villages and rural areas. As of 2011[update] it had a population of 67,147.[1] It forms part of the West Coast District Municipality, and has municipality code WC011.

Local municipality in Western Cape, South Africa


Location in the Western Cape

Topographic map


Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Seat Vredendal
Wards 8

  Type Municipal council
  Mayor Mathilda Bains (ANC)

  Total 12,981 km2 (5,012 sq mi)

  Total 67,147
  Density 5.2/km2 (13/sq mi)
Racial makeup


  Black African 8.5%
  Coloured 74.7%
  Indian/Asian 0.6%
  White 14.8%
First languages(2011)

  Afrikaans 91.8%
  Xhosa 3.5%
  English 1.8%
  Other 2.9%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal code WC011

Matzikamma is of KHOI-KHOI origin, the first people of South Africa. It contains the KHOEKHOE words ‘ma’ which is ‘give’ , tsi for’is’ and kamma which is from x gamma and means ‘water’ and loosely translates into the water that gives.

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The municipality covers a total area of 12,981 square kilometres (5,012 sq mi) in the northernmost part of the Western Cape province, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the mountains of the Bokkeveld Escarpment in the east. The Olifants River flows through the southern part of the municipal area, while to the north lies the hilly area known as the Knersvlakte. The municipality abuts on the Kamiesberg Municipality to the north, the Hantam Municipality to the east and the Cederberg Municipality to the south.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 67,147 people in 18,835 households. Of this population, 74.7% describe themselves as “Coloured“, 14.8% as “White“, and 8.5% as “Black African“. The first language of 91.8% of the population is Afrikaans, while 3.5% speak Xhosa and 1.8% speak English.[3]

The principal town and seat of the council is Vredendal, which is situated in the valley of the Olifants River and has a population (according to the 2011 census) of 18,170. Other large towns in the municipality are Klawer (pop. 6,234) situated upstream from Vredendal, Lutzville (pop. 5,232) situated downstream from Vredendal, and Vanrhynsdorp (pop. 6,272) to the north-east towards the escarpment. In the Olifants River valley there are also smaller agricultural settlements at Ebenhaeser (pop. 1,305) and Koekenaap (pop. 1,551). South of the mouth of the Olifants River are the coastal villages of Doringbaai (pop. 1,260) and Strandfontein (pop. 431). The villages of Bitterfontein (pop. 986), Kliprand (pop. 205), Nuwerus (pop. 650) and Rietpoort (pop. 970) are situated in the sparsely-populated Knersvlakte in the northern part of the municipality.

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