Bitou

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According to Census 2011, Bitou Local Municipality has a total population of 49 162 people, of whom 45,2% are black African, 31,2% are coloured, and 16,9% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 6,7%.

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Bitou Local Municipality, formerly known as Plettenberg Bay Municipality, forms part of the Eden District Municipality, which is located in the Western Cape province. (www.localgoverment.co.za)

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33,5% Female headed households.

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According to Census 2011, Bitou Local Municipality has a total population of 49 162 people, of whom 45,2% are black African, 31,2% are coloured, and 16,9% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 6,7%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 6,1% have completed primary school, 38,7% have some secondary education, 28,3% have completed matric, and 12,1% have some form of higher education, while 2,4% have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African45,2%
Coloured31,2%
Indian/Asian0,5%
White16,9%
Other6,1%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,9% 4,6%
5-9 3,9% 4,3%
10-14 3,7% 3,9%
15-19 3,8% 3,7%
20-24 4,2% 4,3%
25-29 5,1% 5,1%
30-34 4,9% 4,5%
35-39 4,5% 4,2%
40-44 3,6% 3,6%
45-49 3% 3%
50-54 2,3% 2,4%
55-59 1,7% 1,9%
60-64 1,4% 1,5%
65-69 1% 1,4%
70-74 0,9% 0,9%
75-79 0,5% 0,6%
80-84 0,2% 0,4%
85+ 0,2% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 42,3%
English 13%
IsiNdebele 0,3%
IsiXhosa 37%
IsiZulu 0,6%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,7%
Setswana 0,5%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,3%
Other 2.1%
Not Applicable 2,5%
Group Percentage
Married 28,9%
Living together like married partners 10,1%
Never married 55,7%
Widower/Widow 2,9%
Separated 0,8%
Divorced 1,7%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,2%
Some Primary 41,9%
Completed Primary 7,2%
Some Secondary 31,4%
Completed Secondary 12,7%
Higher Education 1,5%
Not Applicable 2,1%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,2%
Male 49,8%
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94,0% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 16 645 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 2,8 persons per household.

82,5% of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard. Only 1,5% of households do not have access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 89,7%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 10,3%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 87% 13%
Computer 24,2% 75,8%
Television 77,9% 22,1%
Satellite Television 33,9% 66,1%
Radio 65,4% 34,6%
Landline / Telephone 20,3% 79,7%
Motor Car 32,6% 67,4%
Refrigerator 70,4% 29,6%
Electric / Gas-Stove 90,4% 9,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 84,5% 47,3% 94%
Gas 9,6% 4,2% 0,2%
Paraffin 3,1% 10,2% 1,6%
Solar 0,1% 0,3% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 3,8%
Wood 2,2% 9% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,2% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,5% 28,7% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 14,2%
From Cellphone 14,4%
From Work 4,3%
From Elsewhere 6,1%
No Access 60,9%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 30%
Owned and fully paid off 35,8%
Owned but not yet paid off 10,1%
Occupied rent free 19%
Other 5%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 87,2%
Borehole 4,9%
Spring 0,5%
Rain water tank 3,5%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1,9%
River/Stream 1%
Water vendor 0,1%
Water tanker 0,5%
Other 0,5%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 2,5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 75,6%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 8,4%
Chemical toilet 0,2%
Pit toilet with ventilation 3,6%
Pit toilet without ventilation 8,1%
Bucket toilet 0,8%
Other 0,9%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 87,7%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,8%
Communal refuse dump 4,7%
Own refuse dump 4,3%
No rubbish disposal 1,1%
Other 1,3%
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37,9% Youth unemployment rate.

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23 599 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these,30,1% are unemployed.

Of the 11 929 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area, 37,9% are unemployed.

 

Employment Status Number
Employed 16493
Unemployed 7106
Discouraged Work Seeker 1493
Not Economically Active 8555
Income Percentage
None income 18,1%
R1 - R4,800 4,4%
R4,801 - R9,600 5,5%
R9,601 - R19,600 16,4%
R19,601 - R38,200 19,7%
R38,201 - R76,4000 13,8%
R76,401 - R153,800 9%
R153,801 - R307,600 6,7%
R307,601 - R614,400 4%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 1,5%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,5%
R2,457,601+ 0,4%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 360
Poultry production 362
Vegetable production 974
Production of other crops 201
Other 397

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 854
Animals only 360
Mixed farming 245
Other 146

**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 290
R1-R4 800 40
R4 801-R38 400 609
R38 401-R307 200 478
R307 201+ 117
Unspecified 71

Key Statistics 2011

Total population49,162
Young (0-14)25,2%
Working Age (15-64)68,4%
Elderly (65+)6,4%
Dependency ratio46,1
Sex ratio99,1
Growth rate5,22% (2001-2011)
Population density50 persons/km2
Unemployment rate30,1%
Youth unemployment rate37,9%
No schooling aged 20+2,4%
Higher education aged 20+12,1%
Matric aged 20+28,2%
Number of households16,645
Number of Agricultural households1,605
Average household size2,8
Female headed households33,5%
Formal dwellings72,2%
Housing owned/paying off45,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage75,6%
Weekly refuse removal87,7%
Piped water inside dwelling58,5%
Electricity for lighting94%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population29,182
Young (0-14)26%
Working Age (15-64)68,4%
Elderly (65+)5,8%
Dependency ratio46,6%
Sex ratio96,7
Growth rate9,19% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate26,3%
Youth unemployment rate33,4%
No schooling aged 20+7,3%
Higher education aged 20+11,4%
Matric aged 20+24,5%
Number of households8,763
Average household size3,2
Female headed households32,7%
Formal dwellings79,8%
Housing owned/paying off58,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage71%
Weekly refuse removal86,2%
Piped water inside dwelling47%
Electricity for lighting80,7%