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Everything you need to know about SA’s local government elections

A round-up of election news, views and analysis from politicians, voters and commentators

26 October 2021 - 17:31

Top stories 

All the news, views and analysis

Former mayor Bongani Baloyi DA’s Gauteng premier ...

Rising star is recognised for his achievements as first citizen of the Midvaal municipality

By Luyolo Mkentane

DA the front-runner in the race for Tshwane mayor

The ANC has said working with the DA may be ‘a bridge too far’ and the DA has insisted it can have ‘no formal coalition ...

By Hajra Omarjee

ANC looks set to retain eThekwini with IFP help

Parties strike a deal to give each other support but not as a coalition

By Mary Papayya and Erin Bates

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Clock ticking on municipal coalitions

Many surprises could be in store as parties are staking out who they can negotiate with while weighing up the dynamics ...

By Hajra Omarjee

Major parties, all big losers, pump up their performance

Numbers show the ANC, DA and EFF all suffered significant losses, and small new parties grew at their expense

By Hajra Omarjee

INTERACTIVE MAPS, DATA & MORE: Use our elections website to find your voting station, browse past election results for your area in detail, and track real-time results. Can't see the map? Click here.

Opinion and Analysis 

Opinion Editor's Choice

TOM EATON: Why the low turnout makes us feel so low and empty

Those explaining why they did not vote seem to have the most energy, writes Tom Eaton

Tom Eaton

BOBBY SHABANGU: Credible sources such as Wikipedia root out election ...

SA-based members hosted an ‘editathon’ to get communities to come together and build a body of knowledge

By bobby shabangu

CARTOON: Service delivery poser for coalitions

Wednesday, October 27 2021

By Brandan Reynolds

No longer a race between the big three: how SA’s voting dynamics have ...

While it is true that many South Africans are members or supporters of the ANC, DA or EFF, the bad state of local ...

By Bheki Mngomezulu

The Visual Side 

Political leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, visited polling stations across the country to cast their votes in this year’s highly contested local government elections. Some leaders, including the president, were in attendance with their spouses.

The Independent Electoral Commission says it's happy with how the local government elections have gone despite some technical glitches and allegations of tampering with ballot boxes. IEC's Sy Mamabolo fills us in on the latest.

Alexandra residents took to the area’s polling stations early on November 1, to cast their votes in the municipal elections. Many residents are dissatisfied with service delivery in the area and hope their votes will bring change.

Cape Town residents took to the polls to make their mark on who they think should be in charge of their local municipalities. We spoke to with some of the residents after they voted on November 1 2021. #LGE2021 #LGE #SAElections2021