Hessequa

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According to Census 2011, the Hessequa Local Municipality has a total population of 52 642.

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Hessequa Local Municipality lies at the foot of the Langeberg mountains, with its boundaries stretching along the Southern Cape Coast from the Breede River in the West to Gouritsmond in the east. The total area of Hessequa is approximately 5 730 square kilometers. (http://www.hessequa.gov.za)

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4,6% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

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According to Census 2011, the Hessequa Local Municipality has a total population of 52 642, of which 68,5% are coloured, 23,2% are white, 7,4% are black African, with other population groups making up the remaining 0,9%.

Of those 20 years and older, 8,3% have completed primary school, 34,6% have some secondary education, 23,6% have completed matric, 10,5% have some form of higher education, and 4,6% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African7,4%
Coloured68,5%
Indian/Asian0,4%
White23,2%
Other0,4%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,2% 4,1%
5-9 4% 3,9%
10-14 4,2% 4%
15-19 3,7% 3,8%
20-24 3,4% 3,6%
25-29 3,7% 4%
30-34 3% 2,9%
35-39 3,1% 3,3%
40-44 3,5% 3,9%
45-49 3,3% 3,3%
50-54 2,7% 3,1%
55-59 2,5% 2,7%
60-64 2,3% 2,5%
65-69 1,9% 2,2%
70-74 1,4% 1,6%
75-79 0,9% 1,1%
80-84 0,5% 0,7%
85+ 0,3% 0,5%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 90,3%
English 3,5%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 2%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,3%
Setswana 0,6%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.5%
Not Applicable 2,2%
Group Percentage
Married 34,2%
Living together like married partners 9,4%
Never married 49,1%
Widower/Widow 5,1%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 1,8%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,8%
Some Primary 44,6%
Completed Primary 8,3%
Some Secondary 33,1%
Completed Secondary 8,9%
Higher Education 1%
Not Applicable 0,3%
Sex Percentage
Female 51,5%
Male 48,5%
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94,9% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 15 873 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,2 persons per household. 81,0% of households have access to piped water inside dwelling/institution and 14,0% have water in their yard; only 2,0% of households do not have access piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 78%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 22%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 84,2% 15,8%
Computer 28,4% 71,6%
Television 86,4% 13,6%
Satellite Television 34,1% 65,9%
Radio 77,8% 22,2%
Landline / Telephone 31,8% 68,2%
Motor Car 46,2% 53,8%
Refrigerator 83,4% 16,6%
Electric / Gas-Stove 91,8% 8,2%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 84,2% 66,4% 94,9%
Gas 10% 2,8% 0,3%
Paraffin 0,2% 0,6% 0,2%
Solar 0,3% 0,7% 0,5%
Candles 0% 0% 3,9%
Wood 4,8% 10,7% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 18,6% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 13,8%
From Cellphone 11,8%
From Work 2,8%
From Elsewhere 1,9%
No Access 69,7%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 21,2%
Owned and fully paid off 53,9%
Owned but not yet paid off 6,4%
Occupied rent free 15%
Other 3,5%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 82,3%
Borehole 3,6%
Spring 3,2%
Rain water tank 2,6%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 3,8%
River/Stream 1,8%
Water vendor 0,4%
Water tanker 1,6%
Other 0,6%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 1,9%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 80,7%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 10%
Chemical toilet 0,1%
Pit toilet with ventilation 3,1%
Pit toilet without ventilation 2,1%
Bucket toilet 1%
Other 1,1%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 78,7%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,6%
Communal refuse dump 1,2%
Own refuse dump 15,9%
No rubbish disposal 1,6%
Other 2%
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14,1%  unemployment rate

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There are 17 052 employed persons in the municipality; the unemployment rate is estimated at 14,1%, which does not include the 1 458 discouraged work-seekers who have given up looking for work.  Amongst the youth in the area, 7 010 are employed; the youth unemployed rate is estimated at 18,9%, which does not include the 863 youth who fall within the discouraged work-seeker group.

Employment Status Number
Employed 17052
Unemployed 2803
Discouraged Work Seeker 1458
Not Economically Active 12674
Income Percentage
None income 7,9%
R1 - R4,800 1,7%
R4,801 - R9,600 3%
R9,601 - R19,600 14,1%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,5%
R38,201 - R76,4000 22,5%
R76,401 - R153,800 14,3%
R153,801 - R307,600 9%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,6%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,9%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,3%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 1,224
Poultry production 1,048
Vegetable production 929
Production of other crops 363
Other 470

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 691
Animals only 1,298
Mixed farming 571
Other 108

**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 309
R1-R4 800 37
R4 801-R38 400 1,270
R38 401-R307 200 815
R307 201+ 127
Unspecified 110

Key Statistics 2011

Total population52,642
Young (0-14)24,4%
Working Age (15-64)64,6%
Elderly (65+)11,1%
Dependency ratio54,9
Sex ratio94,1
Growth rate1,77% (2001-2011)
Population density9 persons/km2
Unemployment rate14,1%
Youth unemployment rate18,9%
No schooling aged 20+4,6%
Higher education aged 20+10,4%
Matric aged 20+23,5%
Number of households15,873
Number of Agricultural households2,668
Average household size3,2
Female headed households34,1%
Formal dwellings93,8%
Housing owned/paying off60,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage80,7%
Weekly refuse removal78,7%
Piped water inside dwelling81%
Electricity for lighting94,9%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population44,114
Young (0-14)27%
Working Age (15-64)64,6%
Elderly (65+)8,8%
Dependency ratio55,9%
Sex ratio93,6
Growth rate2,69% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate14%
Youth unemployment rate19,8%
No schooling aged 20+8,4%
Higher education aged 20+9,4%
Matric aged 20+19,4%
Number of households12,510
Average household size3,4
Female headed households27,6%
Formal dwellings93,2%
Housing owned/paying off58,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage67,2%
Weekly refuse removal71,6%
Piped water inside dwelling68,5%
Electricity for lighting86,3%