Langeberg

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Population size of 97 724 people, according to Census 2011.

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The Langeberg Local Municipality serves the towns of Ashton, Robertson, Montagu, Bonnievale and McGregor in the picturesque Breede River Valley/Klein Karoo area, where people still live close to nature. With majestic mountains on the one side and the ever-flowing Breede River on the other, the Langeberg area is a paradise for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. The Langeberg area is one of the largest wine-producing regions in South Africa. The area may be best known for its wine, but the variety of attractions and activities combined with spectacular scenery and the relaxed hospitality ensure visitors an unforgettable stay.

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Saldanha Bay , Western Cape 99,193 113
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Thaba Chweu , Mpumalanga 98,387 115
Langeberg , Western Cape 97,724 116
Maphumulo , KwaZulu-Natal 96,724 117
Umuziwabantu , KwaZulu-Natal 96,556 118
Oudtshoorn , Western Cape 95,933 119
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31,1% Female headed households.

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The Langeberg area has the fourth largest populace in the Cape Winelands District with a population size of 97 724 people, according to Census 2011. The coloured community is the dominant population group in the Langeberg area, accounting for 70% of the population; black Africans comprise 16% of the population while whites account for 12%.

The dominant language within the Langeberg area is Afrikaans with 81% of inhabitants speaking Afrikaans as a first language, while 10% of the population speaks isiXhosa, and 3% are English first-language speakers.

At least 34% of the population have received some secondary schooling, 32% have some primary schooling, 16% have completed grade 12 (standard 10), and 8% have completed primary school.

Group Percentage
Black African16,3%
Coloured70,3%
Indian/Asian0,3%
White12,3%
Other0,9%
Age Males Females
0-4 5% 5%
5-9 4,6% 4,5%
10-14 4,7% 4,5%
15-19 4,4% 4,4%
20-24 4,3% 4,4%
25-29 4,2% 4,2%
30-34 3,5% 3,4%
35-39 3,3% 3,6%
40-44 3,5% 3,8%
45-49 3% 3%
50-54 2,3% 2,7%
55-59 1,9% 2,1%
60-64 1,4% 1,6%
65-69 1,1% 1,2%
70-74 0,7% 0,9%
75-79 0,4% 0,7%
80-84 0,3% 0,4%
85+ 0,2% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 80,6%
English 3%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 10,5%
IsiZulu 0,1%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 1,2%
Setswana 0,3%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 1.1%
Not Applicable 2,3%
Group Percentage
Married 27%
Living together like married partners 11,1%
Never married 56,8%
Widower/Widow 3,5%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 1,2%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,9%
Some Primary 45,5%
Completed Primary 7,9%
Some Secondary 32,4%
Completed Secondary 9,1%
Higher Education 0,8%
Not Applicable 1,3%
Sex Percentage
Female 51%
Male 49%
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94,2% of the residents have access to electricity for lighting.

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36% of the population of the Langeberg area are employed, 24% are not economically active and 1,0% is discouraged work-seekers.

22% of employed people in the region work in the formal sector while 12% work in the informal sector. 20% of those employed earn between R801 and R1 600, 12% earn between R1 and R400, and 8% earn between R1 601 and R3 200.

83% of households have flush toilets connected to a sewerage system, followed by a flush toilet with a septic tank (6%), while 2% are still using the bucket system.

Although housing is a big concern within the area, houses are mainly brick/concrete structures on a separate stand or yard or on a farm (85%), while 6% live in informal dwellings (shack/in backyard).

Area Percentage
Urban 69,3%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 30,7%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 80,5% 19,5%
Computer 24,2% 75,8%
Television 82,5% 17,5%
Satellite Television 27% 73%
Radio 65,1% 34,9%
Landline / Telephone 22,1% 77,9%
Motor Car 35,1% 64,9%
Refrigerator 78,3% 21,7%
Electric / Gas-Stove 90,8% 9,2%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 89,3% 70% 94,2%
Gas 5,1% 2,1% 0,2%
Paraffin 1,1% 2,6% 1%
Solar 0,1% 0,4% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 3,6%
Wood 4% 10,4% 0%
Coal 0% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 14,5% 0,8%
Access Percentage
From Home 9,8%
From Cellphone 11,5%
From Work 2,9%
From Elsewhere 3,8%
No Access 72%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 29%
Owned and fully paid off 38,9%
Owned but not yet paid off 7,8%
Occupied rent free 19,7%
Other 4,5%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 72,9%
Borehole 3,4%
Spring 4,9%
Rain water tank 1,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 12,1%
River/Stream 2,5%
Water vendor 0,2%
Water tanker 1,7%
Other 1%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 3,3%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 83%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 6,1%
Chemical toilet 0,2%
Pit toilet with ventilation 0,2%
Pit toilet without ventilation 0,4%
Bucket toilet 2,5%
Other 4,3%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 71,7%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 2,6%
Communal refuse dump 1,1%
Own refuse dump 21%
No rubbish disposal 2,1%
Other 1,4%
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11,3%  unemployment rate

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Langeberg has a diverse economy made up as follows:

  • Agriculture

Grapes – the area produces 204 000 tons of wine grapes

Deciduous fruit

  • Manufacturing

Wine production

Dairy production

Fruit processing (dried and canned) – Montagu Dried Fruit produces 35% of dried fruit in South Africa and has 120 product lines

  • Tourism
  • Commercial business
Employment Status Number
Employed 34713
Unemployed 4432
Discouraged Work Seeker 1110
Not Economically Active 23773
Income Percentage
None income 9,7%
R1 - R4,800 2,3%
R4,801 - R9,600 4,4%
R9,601 - R19,600 15,5%
R19,601 - R38,200 24,9%
R38,201 - R76,4000 20%
R76,401 - R153,800 11%
R153,801 - R307,600 7,3%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,6%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,8%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 735
Poultry production 1,030
Vegetable production 1,449
Production of other crops 782
Other 430

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 1,444
Animals only 959
Mixed farming 477
Other 100

**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 379
R1-R4 800 60
R4 801-R38 400 1,613
R38 401-R307 200 699
R307 201+ 141
Unspecified 86

Key Statistics 2011

Total population97,724
Young (0-14)28,4%
Working Age (15-64)65,5%
Elderly (65+)6,1%
Dependency ratio52,6%
Sex ratio96,1
Growth rate1,79% (2001-2011)
Population density22 persons/km2
Unemployment rate11,3%
Youth unemployment rate15,1%
No schooling aged 20+6%
Higher education aged 20+6,5%
Matric aged 20+21,5%
Number of households25,125
Number of Agricultural households2,979
Average household size3,7
Female headed households31,1%
Formal dwellings90,7%
Housing owned/paying off46,8%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage83%
Weekly refuse removal71,7%
Piped water inside dwelling80,3%
Electricity for lighting94,2%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population81,684
Young (0-14)31,2%
Working Age (15-64)65,5%
Elderly (65+)5,7%
Dependency ratio58,4%
Sex ratio93,7
Growth rate3,94% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate12,2%
Youth unemployment rate16%
No schooling aged 20+12,4%
Higher education aged 20+6,6%
Matric aged 20+16,5%
Number of households21,057
Average household size3,8
Female headed households25%
Formal dwellings92,9%
Housing owned/paying off47,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage73,3%
Weekly refuse removal63,7%
Piped water inside dwelling62,3%
Electricity for lighting88,2%