Emakhazeni

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Emakhazeni has a household population of 47 216.

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EmakhazeniLocal Municipality is situated in the heart of Mpumalanga,covering a total of 4 736km2with a total of about 47 216 people and eight wards.It is bordered by Mbombela Local Municipality on the east and MiddelburgLocal Municipality on the west. It is one of the six municipalitiesthat fall within the Nkangala District Municipality, and was formed through theamalgamation of four former Transitional Local Councils (TLCs) namely Belfast, Dullstroom,Machadodorp and WatervalBoven.

There are four nature reserves in the area, namely the Tullach-Mohr Reserveon the eastern boundary of the area, the Dullstroom Nature Reservesituated north of Dullstroom and the Verloren Valley Nature reservesituated in the north of Emakhazeni. Lastly, the Ntsinini Nature Reserve is situated east of Emgwenya (WatervalBoven).

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15% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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Of the 47 216 people in the municipality, 87,2% are black African, 10,8% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 2%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 28,7% have completed matric, 7,4% have some form of higher education, and 15% have no schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African87,2%
Coloured1,2%
Indian/Asian0,7%
White10,8%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,3% 5%
5-9 4,5% 4,4%
10-14 4,6% 4,1%
15-19 4,7% 4,6%
20-24 5,3% 4,9%
25-29 5,6% 4,6%
30-34 4,3% 3,7%
35-39 3,6% 3,2%
40-44 3,1% 3%
45-49 2,5% 2,5%
50-54 2% 2,2%
55-59 1,7% 1,9%
60-64 1,4% 1,4%
65-69 1% 1,2%
70-74 0,7% 0,8%
75-79 0,3% 0,5%
80-84 0,3% 0,4%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 10,5%
English 4,3%
IsiNdebele 18,4%
IsiXhosa 0,6%
IsiZulu 21,4%
Sepedi 6,6%
Sesotho 3,9%
Setswana 0,8%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 27,8%
Tshivenda 0,3%
Xitsonga 2%
Other 1.1%
Not Applicable 1,9%
Group Percentage
Married 22,6%
Living together like married partners 6,9%
Never married 65,8%
Widower/Widow 3,3%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 0,9%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,4%
Some Primary 40,6%
Completed Primary 6,9%
Some Secondary 32,7%
Completed Secondary 13,7%
Higher Education 1,1%
Not Applicable 1,7%
Sex Percentage
Female 49%
Male 51%
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83,6% Use electricity for lighting.

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The majority of households (55%) have access to piped water inside their dwelling, 32,8% of households have access to piped water inside their yard, and 4,7% of households have no access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 78,5%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 21,5%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 91,8% 8,2%
Computer 16,8% 83,2%
Television 71,3% 28,7%
Satellite Television 29,9% 70,1%
Radio 74,2% 25,8%
Landline / Telephone 8% 92%
Motor Car 28,8% 71,2%
Refrigerator 67% 33%
Electric / Gas-Stove 66,4% 33,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 49,5% 37,1% 83,6%
Gas 2,8% 2,1% 0,2%
Paraffin 2,9% 0,9% 0,8%
Solar 0,1% 0,3% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 14,9%
Wood 20,5% 22,8% 0%
Coal 23,8% 26,5% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 10,3% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 6,2%
From Cellphone 20,9%
From Work 2,8%
From Elsewhere 3,4%
No Access 66,8%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 28,3%
Owned and fully paid off 44,4%
Owned but not yet paid off 8,4%
Occupied rent free 13,8%
Other 5,2%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 77,6%
Borehole 9,5%
Spring 2,1%
Rain water tank 1,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1,9%
River/Stream 2,1%
Water vendor 0,3%
Water tanker 3,7%
Other 1,7%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 6,5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 74,5%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3,3%
Chemical toilet 0,8%
Pit toilet with ventilation 1,7%
Pit toilet without ventilation 9,1%
Bucket toilet 1,3%
Other 2,9%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 71,7%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,8%
Communal refuse dump 1,4%
Own refuse dump 19,4%
No rubbish disposal 4,3%
Other 1,4%
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25,9% Youth unemployment rate.

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Farming is the dominant economic activity in the Emakhazeni area, occupying thelargest part of the physical area. Small towns have developed throughout the area, which serve as service centres to the agricultural sector.

 One in four (25,9%) of the 18 454 economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) people in the municipality are unemployed.

Among the 9 694 economically active youth (15–35 years) in the area, 34,2% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 13671
Unemployed 4783
Discouraged Work Seeker 1573
Not Economically Active 11243
Income Percentage
None income 12%
R1 - R4,800 3,4%
R4,801 - R9,600 5%
R9,601 - R19,600 21,1%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,1%
R38,201 - R76,4000 15,9%
R76,401 - R153,800 10,9%
R153,801 - R307,600 5,9%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,7%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,7%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 947
Poultry production 1,090
Vegetable production 1,050
Production of other crops 307
Other 301

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 874
Animals only 1,339
Mixed farming 390
Other 111

**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 498
R1-R4 800 81
R4 801-R38 400 1,559
R38 401-R307 200 469
R307 201+ 48
Unspecified 59

Key Statistics 2011

Total population47,216
Young (0-14)28%
Working Age (15-64)66,2%
Elderly (65+)5,8%
Dependency ratio51%
Sex ratio104,2
Growth rate0,93% (2001-2011)
Population density10 persons/km2
Unemployment rate25,9%
Youth unemployment rate34,2%
No schooling aged 20+15%
Higher education aged 20+7,4%
Matric aged 20+28,6%
Number of households13,722
Number of Agricultural households2,715
Average household size3,3
Female headed households35,9%
Formal dwellings81,8%
Housing owned/paying off52,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage74,4%
Weekly refuse removal71,7%
Piped water inside dwelling55%
Electricity for lighting83,6%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population43,007
Young (0-14)31,5%
Working Age (15-64)66,2%
Elderly (65+)5%
Dependency ratio57,5%
Sex ratio96,6
Growth rate3,01% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate30%
Youth unemployment rate39%
No schooling aged 20+27,4%
Higher education aged 20+5,8%
Matric aged 20+17%
Number of households9,723
Average household size3,8
Female headed households35,3%
Formal dwellings68,1%
Housing owned/paying off51,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage65,5%
Weekly refuse removal56,9%
Piped water inside dwelling36,9%
Electricity for lighting70,4%