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  • 95,840

  • 30,892

  • 27,1%

  • 90,7%

  • 97,8%

  • 92,8%

Vanderbijlpark began as a steel producing town and was proclaimed in 1949. It was named after Dr Hendrik Johannes van der Bijl (1887-1948), the first chairman of Eskom and founder of the South African Iron and Steel Industrial Corporation (Iscor). (GPS coordinates: 26.6988 S, 27.7984 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population95,840
Young (0-14)20%
Working Age (15-64)73%
Elderly (65+)7%
Dependency ratio37,1
Sex ratio98,2
Population density539 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+1,4%
Higher education aged 20+27,1%
Matric aged 20+39,9%
Number of households30,892
Average household size2,8
Female headed households27,2%
Formal dwellings97,4%
Housing owned/paying off52,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage92,8%
Weekly refuse removal89,3%
Piped water inside dwelling90,7%
Electricity for lighting97,8%

Place names

Emfuleni Municipality