Great Kei

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According to Census 2011, Great Kei Local Municipality has a total population of 38 991 people, of whom 91,3% are black African, and 1,3% are coloured

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The Great Kei Local Municipality is located within the Eastern Cape province and covers an area of 1 421 km². The municipality is bounded in the east by the Great Kei River and MnqumaLocal Municipality, in the south-east by the coastline between Kwelera and Kei Mouth, in the west by the Buffalo City Metropolitan, and by the AmahlathiLocal Municipality, which is situated to the north.(www.greatkeilm.gov.za)

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Kou-Kamma , Eastern Cape 40,663 186
Great Kei , Eastern Cape 38,991 187
Letsemeng , Free State 38,628 188
Mpofana , KwaZulu-Natal 38,103 189
Siyancuma , Northern Cape 37,076 190
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19,4% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

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The other population groups make up the remaining 7,4%.Of those aged 20 years and older, 7% have completed primary school, 33,6% have some secondary education, 15,2% have completed matric, and 5% have some form of higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African91,3%
Coloured1,3%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White7,2%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,6% 5,5%
5-9 4,9% 4,5%
10-14 4,3% 3,8%
15-19 5,1% 4,8%
20-24 4,6% 3,9%
25-29 3,6% 3,5%
30-34 3% 3,2%
35-39 2,6% 3,2%
40-44 2,6% 3,4%
45-49 2,3% 2,3%
50-54 2,3% 3,1%
55-59 1,9% 2,4%
60-64 1,4% 1,6%
65-69 1,2% 1,7%
70-74 1,3% 1,9%
75-79 0,5% 1%
80-84 0,3% 0,7%
85+ 0,2% 0,5%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 2,7%
English 6,9%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 87,3%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,1%
Setswana 0,1%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.2%
Not Applicable 1,7%
Group Percentage
Married 22,7%
Living together like married partners 4,6%
Never married 65,1%
Widower/Widow 5,9%
Separated 0,9%
Divorced 0,8%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,3%
Some Primary 44,8%
Completed Primary 7,4%
Some Secondary 34,4%
Completed Secondary 7,4%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 3%
Sex Percentage
Female 52%
Male 48%
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80,2% of households have access to electricity

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There are 10310 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,4 persons per household.

80,2% of households have access to electricity. Only 13,7% of households have access to piped water inside the dwelling.

Area Percentage
Urban 33,6%
Tribal/Traditional 49,9%
Farm 16,6%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 72,8% 27,2%
Computer 9,6% 90,4%
Television 64,8% 35,2%
Satellite Television 13,8% 86,2%
Radio 62,7% 37,3%
Landline / Telephone 9,5% 90,5%
Motor Car 16,8% 83,2%
Refrigerator 55,1% 44,9%
Electric / Gas-Stove 70,8% 29,2%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 63,7% 36,1% 80,2%
Gas 4,9% 1,9% 0,2%
Paraffin 15% 18,1% 14,9%
Solar 0,1% 0,3% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 4,4%
Wood 15,7% 23,4% 0%
Coal 0,3% 1,7% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 18,5% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 4,4%
From Cellphone 10,5%
From Work 1,4%
From Elsewhere 1,3%
No Access 82,4%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 10,8%
Owned and fully paid off 58,1%
Owned but not yet paid off 6,8%
Occupied rent free 20,2%
Other 4,1%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 64,8%
Borehole 9,6%
Spring 0,3%
Rain water tank 9,8%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 7,2%
River/Stream 3,7%
Water vendor 0,5%
Water tanker 3,1%
Other 1,1%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 23,8%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 9,4%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 25,4%
Chemical toilet 1,7%
Pit toilet with ventilation 9,8%
Pit toilet without ventilation 25,9%
Bucket toilet 0,8%
Other 3,1%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 33,6%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1%
Communal refuse dump 1,6%
Own refuse dump 54,8%
No rubbish disposal 8,3%
Other 0,7%
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39,7% are unemployed.

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9 512 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these,29,8% are unemployed.

Of the 4 313 economically active youth (15 – 35 years) in the area, 39,7% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 6678
Unemployed 2834
Discouraged Work Seeker 2936
Not Economically Active 11728
Income Percentage
None income 16%
R1 - R4,800 6%
R4,801 - R9,600 8,6%
R9,601 - R19,600 27,1%
R19,601 - R38,200 23,2%
R38,201 - R76,4000 9,2%
R76,401 - R153,800 4,3%
R153,801 - R307,600 3,1%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,8%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,4%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 1,793
Poultry production 2,278
Vegetable production 969
Production of other crops 160
Other 158

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 419
Animals only 2,438
Mixed farming 645
Other 56

**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 968
R1-R4 800 104
R4 801-R38 400 2,131
R38 401-R307 200 260
R307 201+ 35
Unspecified 60

Key Statistics 2011

Total population38,991
Young (0-14)28,7%
Working Age (15-64)62%
Elderly (65+)9,3%
Dependency ratio61,3
Sex ratio92,2
Growth rate-1,31% (2001-2011)
Population density22 persons/km2
Unemployment rate29,8%
Youth unemployment rate39,7%
No schooling aged 20+19,4%
Higher education aged 20+5%
Matric aged 20+15,1%
Number of households10,310
Number of Agricultural households3,559
Average household size3,4
Female headed households45,7%
Formal dwellings62,2%
Housing owned/paying off64,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage9,4%
Weekly refuse removal33,6%
Piped water inside dwelling13,7%
Electricity for lighting80,2%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population44,459
Young (0-14)32,6%
Working Age (15-64)62%
Elderly (65+)7,6%
Dependency ratio67,2%
Sex ratio88,4
Growth rate2,07% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate50,1%
Youth unemployment rate59,6%
No schooling aged 20+34,3%
Higher education aged 20+3,8%
Matric aged 20+9,9%
Number of households11,365
Average household size3,8
Female headed households47,3%
Formal dwellings46,8%
Housing owned/paying off27,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage8,9%
Weekly refuse removal20,8%
Piped water inside dwelling8,4%
Electricity for lighting71,5%