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Quick Fact
  • 158,777

  • 48,673

  • 23,9%

  • 79,7%

  • 79,5%

  • 81,9%

Benoni originally developed from a gold-mining camp. It was named in 1881 by the surveyor-general Johann Rissik, who was struggling to assign title deeds to unclaimed state property. Called Benoni, after the son of Rachel (Gen. 35:18), which in Hebrew means 'son of my sorrows'. Actor Charlize Theron (born 1975) spent her childhood growing up in Benoni. (GPS coordinates: 26.1448 S, 28.3495 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 population158,777
Young (0-14)20,3%
Working Age (15-64)72,1%
Elderly (65+)7,6%
Dependency ratio38,7
Sex ratio106,6
Population density904 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+3%
Higher education aged 20+23,9%
Matric aged 20+38,8%
Number of households48,673
Average household size2,9
Female headed households30,5%
Formal dwellings85,4%
Housing owned/paying off52,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage81,9%
Weekly refuse removal86,5%
Piped water inside dwelling79,7%
Electricity for lighting79,5%

Place names

Ekurhuleni Municipality