Greater Letaba

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Greater Letaba Municipality has a population size of 212 701, which is the third largest municipality in terms of population in the Mopani District.

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Greater Letaba Local Municipality (GLM) is characterised by contrasts such as varied topography, population densities (low in the south, relatively dense in the north-east), and prolific vegetation in the south (timber) and sparse vegetation in the north (bushveld). The availability of natural resources such as dams, tourism attractions, nature reserves and proximity to intensive economic activities create opportunities for economic spin-offs. The “gates” to the municipal area are considered to be Sekgopo in the west, Modjadjiskloof in the south, MamailaKolobetona in the north and Makgakgapatse in the east. The municipalityincorporates the proclaimed towns of Modjadjiskloof and Ga-Kgapane, situated in the south of the municipal area, and Senwamokgope towards the north-west of the area.

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Greater Letaba , Limpopo 212,701 43
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27% of those 20+ have no schooling.

 

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Greater Letaba Municipality has a population size of 212 701, which is the third largest municipality in terms of population in the Mopani District. Of the population,98,8% areblack African, with whites being second at 0,8%. Other population groups combined form 0,4% of the population as per Census 2011 results. For every 100 women, there are80 men. Most of the people speak Sepedi as their first language at 80,1%, followed by Xitsonga at 12,5%.Other official languages make up 7,4%.

Group Percentage
Black African98,8%
Coloured0,1%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White0,8%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,4% 6,4%
5-9 5,4% 5,4%
10-14 5,6% 5,3%
15-19 6,8% 6,5%
20-24 5,2% 5,2%
25-29 3,1% 4,2%
30-34 2,2% 3,4%
35-39 2% 3,1%
40-44 1,6% 2,8%
45-49 1,4% 1,4%
50-54 1,2% 2,1%
55-59 1% 1,8%
60-64 0,9% 1,5%
65-69 0,7% 1,4%
70-74 0,6% 1,4%
75-79 0,3% 0,9%
80-84 0,2% 0,7%
85+ 0,2% 0,6%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,9%
English 0,8%
IsiNdebele 0,4%
IsiXhosa 0,1%
IsiZulu 0,6%
Sepedi 80,1%
Sesotho 1,6%
Setswana 0,3%
Sign Language 0,1%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,5%
Xitsonga 12,5%
Other 1.7%
Not Applicable 0,3%
Group Percentage
Married 16,3%
Living together like married partners 6,2%
Never married 70,9%
Widower/Widow 5,2%
Separated 0,8%
Divorced 0,6%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,1%
Some Primary 42,1%
Completed Primary 6,3%
Some Secondary 39%
Completed Secondary 9,2%
Higher Education 0,9%
Not Applicable 0,5%
Sex Percentage
Female 55,2%
Male 44,8%
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90,8% Use electricity for lightning.

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Greater Letaba Municipality had a total of 58 261 households in 2011. A total of 25 194 households (43,2%) are headed by males, while 33 067 households (56,8%) are female-headed households. Of the total population in the municipality, 14,4% does not have any source of income.

Area Percentage
Urban 2,1%
Tribal/Traditional 93,3%
Farm 4,6%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 85,5% 14,5%
Computer 8% 92%
Television 70,5% 29,5%
Satellite Television 14,5% 85,5%
Radio 58,3% 41,7%
Landline / Telephone 2,1% 97,9%
Motor Car 14% 86%
Refrigerator 67% 33%
Electric / Gas-Stove 58,2% 41,8%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 31,2% 31,5% 90,8%
Gas 0,6% 0,5% 0,1%
Paraffin 0,9% 0,8% 0,3%
Solar 0% 0,3% 0,1%
Candles 0% 0% 8,4%
Wood 67% 57,1% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 9,7% 0,4%
Access Percentage
From Home 1,6%
From Cellphone 17,7%
From Work 0,9%
From Elsewhere 3%
No Access 76,7%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 9,2%
Owned and fully paid off 42,4%
Owned but not yet paid off 3,7%
Occupied rent free 41,6%
Other 3,1%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 61,5%
Borehole 14,4%
Spring 2,3%
Rain water tank 0,4%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 8,6%
River/Stream 4,8%
Water vendor 1,7%
Water tanker 3,6%
Other 2,7%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 10,8%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 6,8%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3,4%
Chemical toilet 0,8%
Pit toilet with ventilation 19,5%
Pit toilet without ventilation 56,7%
Bucket toilet 0,6%
Other 1,4%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 8,5%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,8%
Communal refuse dump 1,1%
Own refuse dump 72,6%
No rubbish disposal 16,2%
Other 0,7%
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49,9% Youth unemployment rate.

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Of the 46 644 economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) people in the municipality, 40,3% are unemployed.

49,9% of the 24 633 economically active youth (15–35 years) in the area are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 27838
Unemployed 18806
Discouraged Work Seeker 7900
Not Economically Active 70056
Income Percentage
None income 14,4%
R1 - R4,800 8,5%
R4,801 - R9,600 15,9%
R9,601 - R19,600 26%
R19,601 - R38,200 21%
R38,201 - R76,4000 6,5%
R76,401 - R153,800 3,7%
R153,801 - R307,600 2,4%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,1%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,2%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,1%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 8,685
Poultry production 9,922
Vegetable production 2,872
Production of other crops 8,997
Other 1,962

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 6,368
Animals only 10,622
Mixed farming 4,614
Other 720

**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 8,865
R1-R4 800 879
R4 801-R38 400 10,974
R38 401-R307 200 1,185
R307 201+ 102
Unspecified 319

Key Statistics 2011

Total population212,701
Young (0-14)34,5%
Working Age (15-64)58,6%
Elderly (65+)6,9%
Dependency ratio70,7
Sex ratio81,2
Growth rate-0,29% (2001-2011)
Population density112 persons/km2
Unemployment rate40,3%
Youth unemployment rate49,9%
No schooling aged 20+27%
Higher education aged 20+6%
Matric aged 20+17,7%
Number of households58,261
Number of Agricultural households22,324
Average household size3,6
Female headed households56,8%
Formal dwellings91,9%
Housing owned/paying off46,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage6,8%
Weekly refuse removal8,5%
Piped water inside dwelling10,2%
Electricity for lighting90,8%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population218,873
Young (0-14)40,2%
Working Age (15-64)58,6%
Elderly (65+)5,4%
Dependency ratio83,9%
Sex ratio80,5
Growth rate1,45% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate42%
Youth unemployment rate50,2%
No schooling aged 20+46%
Higher education aged 20+4,5%
Matric aged 20+8,3%
Number of households49,451
Average household size4,1
Female headed households57,1%
Formal dwellings68%
Housing owned/paying off68,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage7,5%
Weekly refuse removal7%
Piped water inside dwelling5,4%
Electricity for lighting65,7%