Bergrivier

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Growth rate 2.85%

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Bergrivier Local Municipality, with its central administration in Piketberg, serves an area of 4 407 km2 in the Western Cape. It governs the towns of Redelinghuys, Eendekuil, Aurora, Velddrif, Porterville, Piketberg, Dwarskersbos, Laaiplek, Goedverwacht and Wittewater.

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Masilonyana , Free State 63,334 156
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Bergrivier , Western Cape 61,897 159
Ndlambe , Eastern Cape 61,176 160
Mamusa , North West 60,355 161
Nketoana , Free State 60,324 162
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 6.4% No schooling aged 20+

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According to Census 2011, the Bergrivier Local Municipality has a total population estimated at 61 897, of which 11,3% are black African, 16,9% are white, 70,9% are coloured, and 0,4% are Indian/Asian. Of those aged 20 years and older, 9,3% have completed primary school, 35,5% have some secondary education, 22,3% have completed matric, and 7,7% have some form of higher education, while 6,4% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Language spoken

Afrikaans is the most spoken language in the municipality at 84,9%. 3,5% of the population speaks Xhosa, and 2,4% speak English.

Group Percentage
Black African11,3%
Coloured70,9%
Indian/Asian0,4%
White16,9%
Other0,4%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,4% 4,4%
5-9 4,1% 4%
10-14 4% 4%
15-19 4,1% 4,4%
20-24 4,2% 4,8%
25-29 4,2% 4,4%
30-34 3,6% 3,7%
35-39 3,8% 3,9%
40-44 3,6% 3,7%
45-49 3% 3%
50-54 2,6% 2,7%
55-59 2,3% 2,2%
60-64 1,7% 1,8%
65-69 1,1% 1,3%
70-74 0,9% 1,2%
75-79 0,5% 0,7%
80-84 0,2% 0,5%
85+ 0,1% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 84,9%
English 2,4%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 3,5%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,6%
Setswana 0,8%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.7%
Not Applicable 6,3%
Group Percentage
Married 30,4%
Living together like married partners 7,9%
Never married 55,8%
Widower/Widow 4,2%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 1,3%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,7%
Some Primary 41,3%
Completed Primary 7,1%
Some Secondary 30,5%
Completed Secondary 9%
Higher Education 0,8%
Not Applicable 7,6%
Sex Percentage
Female 51,4%
Male 48,6%
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94.9% Use electricity for lighting 

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There are 16 275 households in the municipality with an average household size of 3,5 persons per household. Of these households, 83,5% have access to piped water inside their dwelling, 13,8% have access to water in their yard, and only 0,7% of households do not have access to piped water. 94,9% of households have access to electricity.

Area Percentage
Urban 60,3%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 39,7%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 82,2% 17,8%
Computer 24,9% 75,1%
Television 82,6% 17,4%
Satellite Television 26,8% 73,2%
Radio 67,2% 32,8%
Landline / Telephone 26,7% 73,3%
Motor Car 39,4% 60,6%
Refrigerator 79,2% 20,8%
Electric / Gas-Stove 90% 10%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 89,3% 74% 94,9%
Gas 5,7% 1,2% 0,3%
Paraffin 0,5% 0,5% 0,7%
Solar 0,1% 0,4% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 3,4%
Wood 3,7% 11,9% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,2% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,4% 11,8% 0,5%
Access Percentage
From Home 10,7%
From Cellphone 9,9%
From Work 3,5%
From Elsewhere 1,6%
No Access 74,2%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 25,2%
Owned and fully paid off 39,2%
Owned but not yet paid off 7,2%
Occupied rent free 21,5%
Other 6,8%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 66%
Borehole 16,9%
Spring 3%
Rain water tank 1,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 5%
River/Stream 4,2%
Water vendor 0,1%
Water tanker 2,5%
Other 1,1%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 4,1%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 72,2%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 17,2%
Chemical toilet 0,3%
Pit toilet with ventilation 0,7%
Pit toilet without ventilation 0,3%
Bucket toilet 2%
Other 3,2%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 67%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 3,6%
Communal refuse dump 2,5%
Own refuse dump 25%
No rubbish disposal 1,2%
Other 0,8%
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6.8% Unemployment rate

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A total of 25 493 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) in the municipality; these, 6,8% are unemployed. Of the 11 485 economically active youth (15–34 years) in the area, 9,6% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 23761
Unemployed 1732
Discouraged Work Seeker 462
Not Economically Active 16183
Income Percentage
None income 9,3%
R1 - R4,800 1,4%
R4,801 - R9,600 1,9%
R9,601 - R19,600 13,5%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,3%
R38,201 - R76,4000 22,4%
R76,401 - R153,800 14%
R153,801 - R307,600 9,1%
R307,601 - R614,400 4,4%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,8%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,4%
R2,457,601+ 0,4%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 562
Poultry production 530
Vegetable production 718
Production of other crops 606
Other 329

**An agricultural household may engage in more than one agricultural activity

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 852
Animals only 561
Mixed farming 374
Other 126

**An agricultural household may not fall under more than one agricultural activity

Income category of agricultural households
Annual income category of agricultural household heads Number
No income 170
R1-R4 800 22
R4 801-R38 400 989
R38 401-R307 200 497
R307 201+ 93
Unspecified 142

Key Statistics 2011

Total population61,897
Young (0-14)24,9%
Working Age (15-64)68,1%
Elderly (65+)7%
Dependency ratio46,9
Sex ratio94,4
Growth rate2,85% (2001-2011)
Population density14 persons/km2
Unemployment rate6,8%
Youth unemployment rate9,6%
No schooling aged 20+6,4%
Higher education aged 20+7,7%
Matric aged 20+22,3%
Number of households16,275
Number of Agricultural households1,913
Average household size3,5
Female headed households31,5%
Formal dwellings93,4%
Housing owned/paying off46,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage72,3%
Weekly refuse removal67%
Piped water inside dwelling83,5%
Electricity for lighting94,9%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population46,538
Young (0-14)26,7%
Working Age (15-64)68,1%
Elderly (65+)6,1%
Dependency ratio48,8%
Sex ratio99,7
Growth rate4,33% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate7,6%
Youth unemployment rate10%
No schooling aged 20+10,4%
Higher education aged 20+6,7%
Matric aged 20+19,4%
Number of households11,766
Average household size3,3
Female headed households33%
Formal dwellings93,4%
Housing owned/paying off50,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage51,5%
Weekly refuse removal57,2%
Piped water inside dwelling75,4%
Electricity for lighting91,5%