Matzikama

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According to Census 2011, the Matzikama Local Municipality has a total population estimated at 67 147.

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Matzikama Municipality is the most northern of the local municipalities under the West Coast District. The municipality covers an area just more than 5 000 km2 between the N7 freeway north and the Atlantic Ocean. Translated as ‘place of water’, Matzikama is roughly 240km north of the City of Cape Town and includes the towns of Vredendal, Lutzville and Van Rhynsdorp. (http://www.westerncapebusiness.co.za).

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6,2% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

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According to Census 2011, the Matzikama Local Municipality has a total population estimated at 67 147. Of the population, 74,7% are coloured, 14,8% are white, 8,5% are black African, with other population groups making up the remaining 2,0%.

Of those aged 20 years and above, 8,9% have completed primary school, 39,1% have some secondary education, 20,3% have completed matric, and 6,9% have some form of higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African8,5%
Coloured74,7%
Indian/Asian0,6%
White14,8%
Other1,3%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,9% 4,8%
5-9 4,3% 4,4%
10-14 4,3% 4,1%
15-19 4,4% 4,5%
20-24 4,7% 4,5%
25-29 4,2% 4,1%
30-34 3,7% 3,5%
35-39 3,4% 3,3%
40-44 3,5% 3,4%
45-49 3,4% 3,4%
50-54 2,8% 2,8%
55-59 2,2% 2,1%
60-64 1,5% 1,6%
65-69 1,1% 1,3%
70-74 0,7% 0,8%
75-79 0,4% 0,7%
80-84 0,3% 0,4%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 89,2%
English 1,7%
IsiNdebele 0,2%
IsiXhosa 3,4%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,4%
Setswana 0,5%
Sign Language 0,6%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.7%
Not Applicable 2,8%
Group Percentage
Married 24,5%
Living together like married partners 13%
Never married 56,6%
Widower/Widow 4,2%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 1,3%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,8%
Some Primary 46%
Completed Primary 7,8%
Some Secondary 30,7%
Completed Secondary 7,6%
Higher Education 0,7%
Not Applicable 4,2%
Sex Percentage
Female 49,9%
Male 50,1%
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88,7% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 18 635 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,4 persons per household. Of the households, 72,1% have access to piped water inside the dwelling/institution and 19,2% have water in their yard. Only 2,7% of households do not have access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 64,4%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 35,6%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 70,8% 29,2%
Computer 20,9% 79,1%
Television 72,8% 27,2%
Satellite Television 25,7% 74,3%
Radio 62,1% 37,9%
Landline / Telephone 21,1% 78,9%
Motor Car 33,4% 66,6%
Refrigerator 67,7% 32,3%
Electric / Gas-Stove 87,6% 12,4%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 84,4% 57,4% 88,7%
Gas 6,5% 1,2% 0,1%
Paraffin 1,2% 0,5% 0,4%
Solar 0,2% 0,4% 0,6%
Candles 0% 0% 9,6%
Wood 7,2% 18,4% 0%
Coal 0% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,4% 21,9% 0,5%
Access Percentage
From Home 9,4%
From Cellphone 10,5%
From Work 3,6%
From Elsewhere 1,9%
No Access 74,7%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 25,2%
Owned and fully paid off 39,1%
Owned but not yet paid off 6,6%
Occupied rent free 25,5%
Other 3,6%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 79,7%
Borehole 4%
Spring 0,8%
Rain water tank 0,8%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 9%
River/Stream 1,1%
Water vendor 0,4%
Water tanker 2,6%
Other 1,6%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 9,1%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 62,1%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 7,9%
Chemical toilet 0,4%
Pit toilet with ventilation 1,3%
Pit toilet without ventilation 1,1%
Bucket toilet 2,3%
Other 15,9%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 67,9%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,7%
Communal refuse dump 2,2%
Own refuse dump 23,6%
No rubbish disposal 2,5%
Other 2,2%
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14% unemployment rate.

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There are 23 806 employed persons in the municipality. The unemployment rate is estimated at 14%, which does not include the 1 301 discouraged work-seekers who have given up looking for work. Amongst the youth (15–34 years) in the area, 10 679 are employed; the youth unemployed rate is estimated at 19,3%, which does not include the 872 youth who fall within the discouraged work-seeker group.

Employment Status Number
Employed 23806
Unemployed 3889
Discouraged Work Seeker 1301
Not Economically Active 15951
Income Percentage
None income 8,2%
R1 - R4,800 1,9%
R4,801 - R9,600 3,3%
R9,601 - R19,600 17,6%
R19,601 - R38,200 24,7%
R38,201 - R76,4000 17,8%
R76,401 - R153,800 11,8%
R153,801 - R307,600 8,6%
R307,601 - R614,400 4,4%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 1%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,4%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 1,014
Poultry production 723
Vegetable production 524
Production of other crops 432
Other 342

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 546
Animals only 1,122
Mixed farming 311
Other 155

**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 273
R1-R4 800 26
R4 801-R38 400 955
R38 401-R307 200 644
R307 201+ 150
Unspecified 86

Key Statistics 2011

Total population67,147
Young (0-14)26,8%
Working Age (15-64)66,9%
Elderly (65+)6,3%
Dependency ratio49,4
Sex ratio100,3
Growth rate2,14% (2001-2011)
Population density5 persons/km2
Unemployment rate14%
Youth unemployment rate19,3%
No schooling aged 20+6,2%
Higher education aged 20+6,9%
Matric aged 20+20,2%
Number of households18,835
Number of Agricultural households2,135
Average household size3,4
Female headed households30,2%
Formal dwellings88,4%
Housing owned/paying off45,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage62,1%
Weekly refuse removal67,9%
Piped water inside dwelling72,1%
Electricity for lighting88,7%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population54,199
Young (0-14)29,8%
Working Age (15-64)66,9%
Elderly (65+)5,7%
Dependency ratio54,9%
Sex ratio99,3
Growth rate4,21% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate16,5%
Youth unemployment rate22,7%
No schooling aged 20+11,2%
Higher education aged 20+6,1%
Matric aged 20+16,9%
Number of households15,189
Average household size3,4
Female headed households30,3%
Formal dwellings89,9%
Housing owned/paying off46,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage63,4%
Weekly refuse removal59,1%
Piped water inside dwelling63,2%
Electricity for lighting81%