Hibiscus Coast

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1,62% Population growth rate.

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The South Coast is the second largest domestic tourism market after Durban, with about 2,2 million visitors annually. The towns along the coast are popular holiday resorts that offer a wide range of sports amenities and recreational activities.

However, the rural areas that now form part of the municipality are relatively underdeveloped. Much property growth is currently underway with the establishment of new shopping complexes and residential developments.

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7,6% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

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According to Census 2011,Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality has a total population of 152932 people, of whom 82,4% are black African, and 10,8% are white.The other population groups make up the remaining 5,8%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 4,3% have completed primary school, 33,1% have some secondary education, 28,8% have completed matric, and 11,2% have some form of higher education, while 7,6% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African82,4%
Coloured1,4%
Indian/Asian5,1%
White10,8%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,3% 5,2%
5-9 4,4% 4,3%
10-14 4,5% 4,4%
15-19 5,1% 5,2%
20-24 5% 5,1%
25-29 5% 5,2%
30-34 3,4% 3,9%
35-39 3% 3,3%
40-44 2,3% 2,8%
45-49 2% 2%
50-54 1,7% 2,4%
55-59 1,5% 2%
60-64 1,4% 1,8%
65-69 1% 1,4%
70-74 0,8% 1,2%
75-79 0,5% 0,8%
80-84 0,3% 0,6%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 4,4%
English 13,9%
IsiNdebele 0,9%
IsiXhosa 7,5%
IsiZulu 69,2%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,3%
Setswana 0,5%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.5%
Not Applicable 2,1%
Group Percentage
Married 22%
Living together like married partners 4,6%
Never married 68%
Widower/Widow 4,1%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 0,9%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,5%
Some Primary 41%
Completed Primary 6,2%
Some Secondary 33,7%
Completed Secondary 13,4%
Higher Education 1,6%
Not Applicable 1,6%
Sex Percentage
Female 52,7%
Male 47,3%
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85,6% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 72 175 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,4 persons per household.

40,5% of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard. Only 3,8% of households do not have access to piped water.

85,6% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

Area Percentage
Urban 34,1%
Tribal/Traditional 59,8%
Farm 6,1%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 87,3% 12,7%
Computer 20,6% 79,4%
Television 72,1% 27,9%
Satellite Television 26,4% 73,6%
Radio 68,4% 31,6%
Landline / Telephone 20,9% 79,1%
Motor Car 31,2% 68,8%
Refrigerator 67% 33%
Electric / Gas-Stove 77,6% 22,4%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 76,2% 62,4% 85,6%
Gas 4,2% 1,8% 0,3%
Paraffin 9,8% 4,6% 2,5%
Solar 0,2% 0,4% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 10,9%
Wood 8,9% 11,7% 0%
Coal 0,2% 0,4% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,3% 0%
Other 0,3% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 18,4% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 10,7%
From Cellphone 17,4%
From Work 3,4%
From Elsewhere 4,3%
No Access 64,2%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 24,7%
Owned and fully paid off 48,5%
Owned but not yet paid off 10,5%
Occupied rent free 13,5%
Other 2,8%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 85,7%
Borehole 2,7%
Spring 0,6%
Rain water tank 0,7%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1,5%
River/Stream 3,6%
Water vendor 1,6%
Water tanker 1,4%
Other 2,2%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 5,2%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 29,6%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 11,9%
Chemical toilet 7,4%
Pit toilet with ventilation 11,4%
Pit toilet without ventilation 28,1%
Bucket toilet 0,8%
Other 5,6%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 38,6%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,5%
Communal refuse dump 1,7%
Own refuse dump 54,2%
No rubbish disposal 3,3%
Other 0,7%
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Of the 47 407 economically active youth 15 – 34 years in the area, 37,3% are unemployed.

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Of the 89 197 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work),  28% are unemployed. Of the 47 407 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area, 37,3% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 64194
Unemployed 25003
Discouraged Work Seeker 8940
Not Economically Active 67207
Income Percentage
None income 13,3%
R1 - R4,800 4,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 7,1%
R9,601 - R19,600 19,5%
R19,601 - R38,200 19,8%
R38,201 - R76,4000 13,4%
R76,401 - R153,800 10,1%
R153,801 - R307,600 7,3%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,9%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 1%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 3,199
Poultry production 4,611
Vegetable production 11,179
Production of other crops 4,357
Other 1,497

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 10,700
Animals only 3,440
Mixed farming 3,125
Other 639

**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 4,583
R1-R4 800 794
R4 801-R38 400 9,884
R38 401-R307 200 1,996
R307 201+ 226
Unspecified 420

Key Statistics 2011

Total population256,135
Young (0-14)28,2%
Working Age (15-64)64,6%
Elderly (65+)7,2%
Dependency ratio54,9%
Sex ratio89,7
Growth rate1,62% (2001-2011)
Population density305 persons/km2
Unemployment rate28%
Youth unemployment rate37,3%
No schooling aged 20+7,6%
Higher education aged 20+11,2%
Matric aged 20+28,7%
Number of households72,175
Number of Agricultural households17,904
Average household size3,4
Female headed households46,1%
Formal dwellings83,3%
Housing owned/paying off59%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage29,6%
Weekly refuse removal38,6%
Piped water inside dwelling40,5%
Electricity for lighting85,6%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population217,824
Young (0-14)31,9%
Working Age (15-64)64,6%
Elderly (65+)6,6%
Dependency ratio62,6%
Sex ratio86,4
Growth rate2,61% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate41,8%
Youth unemployment rate51,5%
No schooling aged 20+20,5%
Higher education aged 20+7,1%
Matric aged 20+18,8%
Number of households51,404
Average household size3,9
Female headed households45,6%
Formal dwellings77,4%
Housing owned/paying off65,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage30,8%
Weekly refuse removal36,3%
Piped water inside dwelling30,5%
Electricity for lighting74,8%