Greater Kokstad

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Greater Kokstad Municipality has a population of  65 981.

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The Greater Kokstad Municipality is one of the municipalities of the Sisonke District Municipality. It lies on the south-west tip of KwaZulu-Natal and is bordered by Matatiele Local Municipality on the west, Lesotho and part of the Eastern Cape on the north-west.The Greater Kokstad Municipality covers a land area of approximately 2 682 km² and shares its borders with KwaSani, Matatiele, Umziwabantu local municipalities, and the KwaZulu-Natal enclosed portion of the Eastern Cape. It is one of the five municipalities that make up the Sisonke District Municipality. Greater Kokstad Municipality functions as the district node and dominant commercial centre in the Sisonke district.

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Greater Kokstad , KwaZulu-Natal 65,981 150
Kai !Garib , Northern Cape 65,869 151
Richmond , KwaZulu-Natal 65,793 152
Inxuba Yethemba , Eastern Cape 65,560 153
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4,1% of those aged 20+ had no schooling.

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As opposed to most of the other districts in Kwazulu-Natal, only 7% of the population in Greater Kokstad Municipality speaks Isizulu as their first language. The largest portion of the population is represented by the black African racial group (87%), followed by the coloured racial group at 8% and a relatively small group of whites and Indians/Asians (1%).The dependency ratio for Greater Kokstad is 50.

Group Percentage
Black African87,1%
Coloured8,2%
Indian/Asian1,1%
White3,3%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,6% 5,7%
5-9 4,9% 4,7%
10-14 4,8% 4,9%
15-19 4,9% 5,3%
20-24 5,5% 5,8%
25-29 5,6% 5,4%
30-34 4,5% 4,2%
35-39 3,7% 3,7%
40-44 2,7% 3,1%
45-49 2% 2%
50-54 1,7% 2%
55-59 1,2% 1,4%
60-64 0,7% 0,9%
65-69 0,4% 0,6%
70-74 0,3% 0,5%
75-79 0,1% 0,3%
80-84 0,1% 0,2%
85+ 0,1% 0,1%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 6,8%
English 8,6%
IsiNdebele 0,2%
IsiXhosa 69,5%
IsiZulu 7,4%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 4,2%
Setswana 0,2%
Sign Language 0,6%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.5%
Not Applicable 1,5%
Group Percentage
Married 19,2%
Living together like married partners 8,2%
Never married 69,5%
Widower/Widow 2,1%
Separated 0,6%
Divorced 0,5%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,6%
Some Primary 43,3%
Completed Primary 6,5%
Some Secondary 32,2%
Completed Secondary 12,4%
Higher Education 1,6%
Not Applicable 1,4%
Sex Percentage
Female 51,5%
Male 48,5%
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80,7% Access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 19 140 households in the Greater Kokstad Municipality, with an average of 3,4 persons per household. About 85% of households reside informal dwellings and approximately 36% of residences are owned and fully paid off. 98% of households have access to piped water from either inside the dwelling, inside the yard or water on a community stand. Access to proper sanitation is high with over two thirds having access to a flush toilet connected to the sewerage system.

Area Percentage
Urban 81,2%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 18,8%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 86,6% 13,4%
Computer 12,2% 87,8%
Television 67,4% 32,6%
Satellite Television 26,1% 73,9%
Radio 59,4% 40,6%
Landline / Telephone 7,9% 92,1%
Motor Car 20,8% 79,2%
Refrigerator 57,3% 42,7%
Electric / Gas-Stove 72,7% 27,3%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 70,8% 35,6% 80,7%
Gas 5,5% 3,3% 0,2%
Paraffin 11,5% 36,4% 2,3%
Solar 0,2% 0,3% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 16,2%
Wood 11,5% 17% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,3% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 7% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 5,7%
From Cellphone 15,1%
From Work 4,4%
From Elsewhere 3,2%
No Access 71,7%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 34,3%
Owned and fully paid off 27,3%
Owned but not yet paid off 9%
Occupied rent free 27,2%
Other 2,2%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 77,5%
Borehole 9,1%
Spring 4,2%
Rain water tank 1,7%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 2,1%
River/Stream 1,9%
Water vendor 0,4%
Water tanker 1,7%
Other 1,4%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 3,3%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 60,1%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 4,9%
Chemical toilet 6,2%
Pit toilet with ventilation 9,6%
Pit toilet without ventilation 13,6%
Bucket toilet 0,3%
Other 2%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 74%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 3%
Communal refuse dump 1,2%
Own refuse dump 14%
No rubbish disposal 6,9%
Other 1%
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28,9% Unemployment rate.

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Agriculture is an important sector for the Greater Kokstad Municipality’s economy. The municipality needs to consider the impact on agriculture from all other economic activity and identify ways to preserve and strengthen this sector as a viable economic mainstream. There are various levels at which the stimulation of this sector can target the stimulating of agricultural practices for the purposes of commercial production.This aims at creating sustainable livelihoods and developing economic capacity. The “tried and tested” agricultural enterprises that dominate in the Greater Kokstad Municipality include manufacturing and industrial opportunities and local economic development.

Employment Status Number
Employed 18849
Unemployed 7654
Discouraged Work Seeker 1437
Not Economically Active 16090
Income Percentage
None income 15,8%
R1 - R4,800 3,9%
R4,801 - R9,600 7,4%
R9,601 - R19,600 20,3%
R19,601 - R38,200 19,5%
R38,201 - R76,4000 11,7%
R76,401 - R153,800 10%
R153,801 - R307,600 6,7%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,4%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,9%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 796
Poultry production 1,170
Vegetable production 3,133
Production of other crops 714
Other 485

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 2,855
Animals only 1,019
Mixed farming 641
Other 166

**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 1,064
R1-R4 800 129
R4 801-R38 400 2,267
R38 401-R307 200 963
R307 201+ 143
Unspecified 114

Key Statistics 2011

Total population65,981
Young (0-14)30,6%
Working Age (15-64)66,7%
Elderly (65+)2,7%
Dependency ratio49,9
Sex ratio94,4
Growth rate1,55% (2001-2011)
Population density25 persons/km2
Unemployment rate28,9%
Youth unemployment rate36,3%
No schooling aged 20+4,1%
Higher education aged 20+10,8%
Matric aged 20+28,3%
Number of households19,140
Number of Agricultural households4,680
Average household size3,1
Female headed households41,6%
Formal dwellings83,6%
Housing owned/paying off36,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage60,1%
Weekly refuse removal74%
Piped water inside dwelling36,1%
Electricity for lighting80,7%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population56,528
Young (0-14)30,9%
Working Age (15-64)66,7%
Elderly (65+)3%
Dependency ratio51,4%
Sex ratio100,3
Growth rate9,74% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate41,2%
Youth unemployment rate50,1%
No schooling aged 20+10,2%
Higher education aged 20+7,7%
Matric aged 20+18%
Number of households19,625
Average household size2,7
Female headed households43,9%
Formal dwellings67,3%
Housing owned/paying off28,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage59,5%
Weekly refuse removal60,7%
Piped water inside dwelling14,7%
Electricity for lighting49,9%