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  • 37,599

  • 12,170

  • 9,5%

  • 43,8%

  • 96%

  • 96,5%

Sharpeville was established in 1942 and named after John Lillie Sharpe, who was mayor of the Vereeniging Town Council from 1934 to 1937. It is where the infamous Sharpville massacre occurred, on the 21 March 1960, when South African police opened fire on demonstrators, killing 69 people and wounding 178. (GPS coordinates: 26.6861 S, 27.8756 E).

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population37,599
Young (0-14)23,3%
Working Age (15-64)69,3%
Elderly (65+)7,4%
Dependency ratio44,4
Sex ratio97,8
Population density7536 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2,3%
Higher education aged 20+9,5%
Matric aged 20+31,9%
Number of households12,170
Average household size3,1
Female headed households41,1%
Formal dwellings86,9%
Housing owned/paying off51,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage96,5%
Weekly refuse removal97,7%
Piped water inside dwelling43,8%
Electricity for lighting96%

Place names

Emfuleni Municipality