Laingsburg

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Laingsburg Municipality is a Category B Municipality in the Central Karoo District.  It is the smallest in the Western Cape Province and in South Africa. Laingsburg is the entry point to the Central Karoo District if driving from Cape Town along N1 to Johannesburg.

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Renosterberg , Northern Cape 10,978 222
Ikwezi , Eastern Cape 10,537 223
Kamiesberg , Northern Cape 10,187 224
Laingsburg , Western Cape 8,289 225
Mier , Northern Cape 7,003 226
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11,7% of aged 20+ have no form of schooling.

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According to the 2011 Census, Laingsburg Local Municipality has a total population of 8 289 people, of which 79,0 are coloured, 13,3% white7,0% are black African, , with the other population groups making up the remaining 0,7%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 7,7% have completed primary school, 34,3% have some secondary education, 21,5% have completed matric, 7,1% have some form of higher education; and 10,2% have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African7%
Coloured79%
Indian/Asian0,2%
White13,3%
Other0,5%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,9% 4,8%
5-9 4,3% 4,2%
10-14 4,2% 4%
15-19 3,9% 4,1%
20-24 3,6% 3,3%
25-29 4% 3,5%
30-34 3,7% 3,5%
35-39 3,6% 4%
40-44 3,7% 3,9%
45-49 3,1% 3,1%
50-54 3% 2,9%
55-59 2,3% 2,7%
60-64 2% 2%
65-69 1,4% 1,4%
70-74 0,9% 0,9%
75-79 0,5% 0,7%
80-84 0,4% 0,4%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 90,1%
English 1,6%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 1,2%
IsiZulu 0,4%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,4%
Setswana 0,7%
Sign Language 0,3%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.3%
Not Applicable 4,5%
Group Percentage
Married 27,3%
Living together like married partners 11,5%
Never married 54,7%
Widower/Widow 4,8%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 1,3%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,8%
Some Primary 43,2%
Completed Primary 7,8%
Some Secondary 31,8%
Completed Secondary 7,8%
Higher Education 1,6%
Not Applicable 4,1%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,1%
Male 49,9%
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79,4% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 2 408 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,3 persons per household.

There are a very high proportion of households (97,2%) who have access to piped water either in their dwellings or in the yard. Only 0,6% of households do not have access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 73,5%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 26,5%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 70,2% 29,8%
Computer 18% 82%
Television 71,2% 28,8%
Satellite Television 22,7% 77,3%
Radio 67,1% 32,9%
Landline / Telephone 23,8% 76,2%
Motor Car 30,7% 69,3%
Refrigerator 67,3% 32,7%
Electric / Gas-Stove 83,9% 16,1%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 73,4% 65% 79,3%
Gas 9,4% 3% 0,4%
Paraffin 0,2% 1,1% 0,5%
Solar 0,1% 0,5% 8%
Candles 0% 0% 11,7%
Wood 16,7% 24% 0%
Coal 0% 0% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 6,4% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 6,4%
From Cellphone 11,3%
From Work 2,7%
From Elsewhere 5%
No Access 74,6%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 27,9%
Owned and fully paid off 29,1%
Owned but not yet paid off 7,1%
Occupied rent free 34,5%
Other 1,4%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 54,3%
Borehole 25,6%
Spring 6,2%
Rain water tank 0,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 8,9%
River/Stream 0,8%
Water vendor 0,2%
Water tanker 3,5%
Other 0,2%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 4,9%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 68,2%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 14,6%
Chemical toilet 1%
Pit toilet with ventilation 5,6%
Pit toilet without ventilation 3,9%
Bucket toilet 1,4%
Other 0,5%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 59,5%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 6,2%
Communal refuse dump 4,7%
Own refuse dump 27,6%
No rubbish disposal 1,5%
Other 0,4%
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17,9% Unemployment rate.

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The municipality has 3 735 people who are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these 17,9% are unemployed.

22,0% of the 1 544 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the municipality are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 2935
Unemployed 638
Discouraged Work Seeker 211
Not Economically Active 1708
Income Percentage
None income 5,3%
R1 - R4,800 2%
R4,801 - R9,600 2,9%
R9,601 - R19,600 20,9%
R19,601 - R38,200 25,4%
R38,201 - R76,4000 21,8%
R76,401 - R153,800 11%
R153,801 - R307,600 6,6%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,9%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,7%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,5%
R2,457,601+ 0%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 345
Poultry production 246
Vegetable production 126
Production of other crops 102
Other 106

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 48
Animals only 282
Mixed farming 156
Other 4

**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 23
R1-R4 800 11
R4 801-R38 400 287
R38 401-R307 200 133
R307 201+ 33
Unspecified 4

Key Statistics 2011

Total population8,289
Young (0-14)26,5%
Working Age (15-64)66,3%
Elderly (65+)7,2%
Dependency ratio50,9
Sex ratio99,5
Growth rate2,16% (2001-2011)
Population density1 persons/km2
Unemployment rate17,9%
Youth unemployment rate22%
No schooling aged 20+11,7%
Higher education aged 20+8,7%
Matric aged 20+16,7%
Number of households2,408
Number of Agricultural households490
Average household size3,3
Female headed households31%
Formal dwellings96,6%
Housing owned/paying off36,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage68,1%
Weekly refuse removal59,5%
Piped water inside dwelling66,3%
Electricity for lighting79,4%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population6,680
Young (0-14)29,3%
Working Age (15-64)66,3%
Elderly (65+)7,7%
Dependency ratio58,7%
Sex ratio93,4
Growth rate2,44% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate26,3%
Youth unemployment rate37%
No schooling aged 20+20%
Higher education aged 20+5,9%
Matric aged 20+12,4%
Number of households1,922
Average household size3,3
Female headed households30,4%
Formal dwellings96,6%
Housing owned/paying off55%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage62,8%
Weekly refuse removal63,1%
Piped water inside dwelling60,1%
Electricity for lighting73,7%