Lekwa

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According to Census 2011, LekwaLocal Municipality has a total population of 115 662, of whom 84,2% are black African, 11,4% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 4,4%.

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Lekwa Local Municipality was established on the 5th of  December 2000 after the amalgamation of 3 former Transitional Local Councils namely Standerton, Sakhile and Morgenzon. Lekwa Local Municipality lies on the large open plains of the Highveld region that is characterised by tall grass and is transversed by the Vaal River which flows in a westerly direction. The municipality spans an area of 4 586 km2 which equates to 15% of the overall area of GertSibande District.

The Municipality is named after the Vaal River which is commonly known as Lekwa (a Sotho name for Vaal River).

The Municipality consists of Standerton which serves as an urban node, whileMorgenzon, which is 45km North East of Standerton,serves as a satellite node. It is landlocked by the following local municipalities, Pixley ka Seme and Msukaligwa on the east, Dipaliseng on the west and Govan Mbeki on the north. The south edge is abutted by Mpumelelo Local Municipality which is in the northern part of the Free State Province. (http://www.lekwalm.gov.za)

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Emalahleni , Eastern Cape 119,460 93
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Lephalale , Limpopo 115,767 95
Lekwa , Mpumalanga 115,662 96
Nkandla , KwaZulu-Natal 114,416 97
Swartland , Western Cape 113,762 98
Imbabazane , KwaZulu-Natal 113,073 99
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11,2% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, LekwaLocal Municipality has a total population of 115 662, of whom 84,2% are black African, 11,4% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 4,4%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 4,6% have completed primary school, 34,1% have some secondary education, 25,1% have completed matric and 10,3% have some form of higher education. 11,2% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African84,2%
Coloured2,9%
Indian/Asian1,2%
White11,4%
Other0,3%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,2% 5,2%
5-9 4,6% 4,6%
10-14 4,6% 4,5%
15-19 4,8% 4,8%
20-24 5,4% 4,7%
25-29 4,8% 4,6%
30-34 3,9% 3,6%
35-39 3,4% 3,4%
40-44 2,9% 3%
45-49 2,6% 2,6%
50-54 2,3% 2,5%
55-59 2% 1,9%
60-64 1,3% 1,5%
65-69 0,9% 1,1%
70-74 0,5% 0,8%
75-79 0,3% 0,5%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,1% 0,2%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 13%
English 3,5%
IsiNdebele 1,1%
IsiXhosa 1,5%
IsiZulu 65%
Sepedi 0,6%
Sesotho 10,1%
Setswana 0,7%
Sign Language 0,3%
SiSwati 1,1%
Tshivenda 0,2%
Xitsonga 0,4%
Other 0.7%
Not Applicable 1,8%
Group Percentage
Married 19,5%
Living together like married partners 10,7%
Never married 65,6%
Widower/Widow 3%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 0,7%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,5%
Some Primary 42,7%
Completed Primary 6,3%
Some Secondary 31,9%
Completed Secondary 12,7%
Higher Education 1,5%
Not Applicable 2,4%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,2%
Male 49,8%
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88,6% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 31 071 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,6 persons per household.

90,6% of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard. Only2,4% of households do not have access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 81,9%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 18,1%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 91,7% 8,3%
Computer 17,4% 82,6%
Television 81,4% 18,6%
Satellite Television 28,4% 71,6%
Radio 70,5% 29,5%
Landline / Telephone 9,1% 90,9%
Motor Car 30,2% 69,8%
Refrigerator 75,1% 24,9%
Electric / Gas-Stove 81,4% 18,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 80,5% 60,5% 88,6%
Gas 1,1% 2% 0,7%
Paraffin 3,8% 1,4% 1,1%
Solar 0,1% 0,2% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 9,1%
Wood 5,4% 6% 0%
Coal 7,6% 21,7% 0%
Animal Dung 1,3% 1,4% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 6,8% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 6,6%
From Cellphone 17,5%
From Work 4,2%
From Elsewhere 6,7%
No Access 65,1%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 28,7%
Owned and fully paid off 39,3%
Owned but not yet paid off 10,7%
Occupied rent free 18,8%
Other 2,5%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 87,5%
Borehole 7,9%
Spring 0,2%
Rain water tank 0,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,2%
River/Stream 0,2%
Water vendor 0,4%
Water tanker 2,3%
Other 1,3%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 4,1%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 83,6%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 2,2%
Chemical toilet 0,7%
Pit toilet with ventilation 1,7%
Pit toilet without ventilation 4,7%
Bucket toilet 1%
Other 1,9%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 82,2%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,8%
Communal refuse dump 1,3%
Own refuse dump 11,5%
No rubbish disposal 3,9%
Other 0,3%
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 35,2% Youth unemployment rate.

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46 013 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these 25,9% are unemployed.

Of the 23 126 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area, 35,2% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 34118
Unemployed 11895
Discouraged Work Seeker 2600
Not Economically Active 28171
Income Percentage
None income 10,7%
R1 - R4,800 3,9%
R4,801 - R9,600 6%
R9,601 - R19,600 17,8%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,5%
R38,201 - R76,4000 15,6%
R76,401 - R153,800 10,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 7,8%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,9%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 1%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,3%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 2,402
Poultry production 3,394
Vegetable production 2,285
Production of other crops 870
Other 878

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 1,695
Animals only 3,449
Mixed farming 1,182
Other 309

**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 1,188
R1-R4 800 199
R4 801-R38 400 3,802
R38 401-R307 200 1,150
R307 201+ 161
Unspecified 134

Key Statistics 2011

Total population115,662
Young (0-14)28,6%
Working Age (15-64)66,4%
Elderly (65+)5%
Dependency ratio50,6%
Sex ratio99,4
Growth rate1,13% (2001-2011)
Population density25 persons/km2
Unemployment rate25,9%
Youth unemployment rate35,2%
No schooling aged 20+11,2%
Higher education aged 20+10,3%
Matric aged 20+25,1%
Number of households31,071
Number of Agricultural households6,635
Average household size3,6
Female headed households35,7%
Formal dwellings73,6%
Housing owned/paying off50%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage83,6%
Weekly refuse removal82,2%
Piped water inside dwelling55,2%
Electricity for lighting88,6%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population103,265
Young (0-14)32,1%
Working Age (15-64)66,4%
Elderly (65+)4,3%
Dependency ratio57,2%
Sex ratio96,2
Growth rate2,73% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate36,5%
Youth unemployment rate48%
No schooling aged 20+19,5%
Higher education aged 20+5,4%
Matric aged 20+16,8%
Number of households25,199
Average household size3,9
Female headed households33,5%
Formal dwellings54,3%
Housing owned/paying off40,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage56,2%
Weekly refuse removal59%
Piped water inside dwelling36,5%
Electricity for lighting60,6%