Dipaleseng

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The total population in the municipality is 42 390 people. Almost 90% of the population is black African, with the white population making up 8,6%. The other population groups make up the remaining 1,4%.

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Dipaleseng Local Municipality is situated in the southern part of the GertSibande District Municipality. Balfour is located in the heart of world-renowned coalfields and the Goldfields belt. This modern and predominantly industrial town is located in close proximity (80km) to the nationally well-known industrial areas of Johannesburg. The Balfour/Siyathemba urban area is 340km from Nelspruit and 80km from Johannesburg. The internationally known abattoir, the “biggest abattoir in Africa”, is found in Dipaleseng (Balfour town), with a vast number of by-products including inorganic chemicals, fertilizers, etc.being manufactured in the area.

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Nama Khoi , Northern Cape 47,041 180
Dikgatlong , Northern Cape 46,841 181
Maletswai , Eastern Cape 43,800 182
Dipaleseng , Mpumalanga 42,390 183
Emthanjeni , Northern Cape 42,356 184
Gamagara , Northern Cape 41,617 185
Kou-Kamma , Eastern Cape 40,663 186
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12% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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The total population in the municipality is 42 390 people. Almost 90% of the population is black African, with the white population making up 8,6%. The other population groups make up the remaining 1,4%. The majority of the population is the youth (15–35 years), and the high unemployment rate leads to socio-economic problems such as substance abuse, crime and early pregnancy, to name a few.

Group Percentage
Black African89,8%
Coloured0,5%
Indian/Asian0,9%
White8,6%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,5% 5,4%
5-9 4,5% 4,3%
10-14 4,2% 4,3%
15-19 4,7% 4,7%
20-24 5,2% 4,7%
25-29 5,4% 4,5%
30-34 4,4% 3,7%
35-39 3,6% 3,3%
40-44 3% 2,7%
45-49 2,5% 2,5%
50-54 2,1% 2,2%
55-59 1,7% 2%
60-64 1,4% 1,5%
65-69 0,9% 1,3%
70-74 0,7% 1%
75-79 0,3% 0,6%
80-84 0,2% 0,4%
85+ 0,2% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 8,9%
English 3%
IsiNdebele 1,1%
IsiXhosa 2,4%
IsiZulu 55,6%
Sepedi 1%
Sesotho 24%
Setswana 1%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 0,5%
Tshivenda 0,2%
Xitsonga 0,4%
Other 0.6%
Not Applicable 0,9%
Group Percentage
Married 18,9%
Living together like married partners 12,8%
Never married 63,8%
Widower/Widow 3,5%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 0,5%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,8%
Some Primary 43,4%
Completed Primary 6,7%
Some Secondary 33,5%
Completed Secondary 12,2%
Higher Education 1%
Not Applicable 0,4%
Sex Percentage
Female 49,4%
Male 50,6%
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83,1% Use electricity for lighting.

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Dipaleseng Local Municipality has the smallest population in Mpumalanga, with a third of its total population still living in informal settlements.The quality of water is within acceptable standards though poor at times; much needs to be done to improve the quality of drinking water.

Although Dipaleseng Local Municipality has the lowest population, it also has the highest HIV prevalence in the province. The municipality does not have a hospital, but does have clinics in all three nodal towns. As much as these clinics seek to address the needs of the communities, the demand far exceeds them.

Area Percentage
Urban 90,5%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 9,5%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 86,8% 13,2%
Computer 14,2% 85,8%
Television 74,6% 25,4%
Satellite Television 22,2% 77,8%
Radio 65% 35%
Landline / Telephone 6,7% 93,3%
Motor Car 25,9% 74,1%
Refrigerator 66% 34%
Electric / Gas-Stove 75% 25%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 73,4% 57,6% 83,1%
Gas 2% 1,8% 0%
Paraffin 6% 3,2% 0,8%
Solar 0,1% 0,2% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 15,4%
Wood 7,9% 9,2% 0%
Coal 10% 20,3% 0%
Animal Dung 0,3% 0,3% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 7,3% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 3,9%
From Cellphone 18,2%
From Work 2,8%
From Elsewhere 2,1%
No Access 73%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 20,3%
Owned and fully paid off 51,6%
Owned but not yet paid off 5,4%
Occupied rent free 21,2%
Other 1,4%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 83,6%
Borehole 6,5%
Spring 0,1%
Rain water tank 0,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,4%
River/Stream 0,2%
Water vendor 2,2%
Water tanker 3,5%
Other 3,3%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 6,1%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 74,9%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 2,2%
Chemical toilet 0,3%
Pit toilet with ventilation 1,6%
Pit toilet without ventilation 13,1%
Bucket toilet 0,8%
Other 1%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 81,8%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,3%
Communal refuse dump 0,6%
Own refuse dump 11,2%
No rubbish disposal 5,5%
Other 0,5%
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45,2% Youth unemployment rate.

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Seeing that the jurisdiction of Dipaleseng is rural, the majority of the economic sector in the municipality is agricultural, followed by mining, electricity, wholesale and retail trade, transport, construction and manufacturing fields. Although the economy reflects growth, the pace is slow and discouraging. With the boost of the introduction of new mining prospects and new developments within the area, it is hoped this will have a positive impact on the economic activities of Dipaleseng.

Employment Status Number
Employed 10546
Unemployed 6244
Discouraged Work Seeker 1295
Not Economically Active 9877
Income Percentage
None income 12,9%
R1 - R4,800 4,4%
R4,801 - R9,600 6,9%
R9,601 - R19,600 19,9%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,9%
R38,201 - R76,4000 15,4%
R76,401 - R153,800 9,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 5,3%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,2%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,4%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,1%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 776
Poultry production 1,037
Vegetable production 1,306
Production of other crops 491
Other 356

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 1,261
Animals only 1,114
Mixed farming 407
Other 166

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

Income category of heads of agricultural households
Annual income category of agricultural household heads Number
No income 731
R1-R4 800 84
R4 801-R38 400 1,659
R38 401-R307 200 367
R307 201+ 41
Unspecified 65

Key Statistics 2011

Total population42,390
Young (0-14)28,2%
Working Age (15-64)66%
Elderly (65+)5,8%
Dependency ratio51,6%
Sex ratio102,6
Growth rate0,93% (2001-2011)
Population density16 persons/km2
Unemployment rate37,2%
Youth unemployment rate45,2%
No schooling aged 20+12%
Higher education aged 20+5,7%
Matric aged 20+24,1%
Number of households12,637
Number of Agricultural households2,947
Average household size3,3
Female headed households35,2%
Formal dwellings67,4%
Housing owned/paying off57%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage74,9%
Weekly refuse removal81,8%
Piped water inside dwelling38,2%
Electricity for lighting83,1%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population38,618
Young (0-14)32,9%
Working Age (15-64)66%
Elderly (65+)5,3%
Dependency ratio61,8%
Sex ratio92,9
Growth rate-0,22% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate45,7%
Youth unemployment rate56,5%
No schooling aged 20+27,4%
Higher education aged 20+3,4%
Matric aged 20+13,2%
Number of households9,474
Average household size4
Female headed households35,2%
Formal dwellings57,6%
Housing owned/paying off60,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage38,7%
Weekly refuse removal65,6%
Piped water inside dwelling20,1%
Electricity for lighting67,6%