Ndwedwe

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Ndwedwe Municipality has a population of  140 820.

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Ndwedwe Local Municipality is one of the four local municipalities within the Ilembe District Municipality. It has unique tourism attractions (Zulu Rural Cultural Trail) such as the Nhlangakazi Holy Mountain, which represents a significant cultural and religious attraction.

It also has beautiful mountains such as the Ozwathini Mountain; KwaMatabata Mountain; Carmen Mountain; KwaMkhalanga Mountain and Goqweni Mountain. These mountains accommodate activities such as 4×4 routes; hiking trails, horse trails; camping sites; caravan parks; and birding. Other attractions include the Malangeni Game Reserve; and KwaLoshe Forests (Ecotourism). It has high agricultural potential (e.g. sugar cane and traditional foods).

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Randfontein , Gauteng 149,286 75
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Ndwedwe , KwaZulu-Natal 140,820 78
Elundini , Eastern Cape 138,141 79
Mandeni , KwaZulu-Natal 138,078 80
Senqu , Eastern Cape 134,150 81
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22,3% of those aged 20+ had no form of schooling.

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Between 2001 and 2011, the population of Ndwedwe Local Municipality declined by 3%. More than 45% of households receive no income, and are dependent on remittances.

In this category of income levels, Ndwedwe Local Municipality is the leading municipality. This means that the unemployment rate has elevated to a level where people begin to rely more on social grants.

Currently, provision is being made through the FET College for alternative forms of education, specifically Adult Basic Education, basic skills training, business skills training, entrepreneurial development and other forms of tertiary education. Census 2011 results show that 1,3% of people aged 20 and above have completed a higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African98,4%
Coloured0,2%
Indian/Asian0,7%
White0,3%
Other0,5%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,8% 6,6%
5-9 5,9% 5,9%
10-14 6,2% 5,7%
15-19 6,4% 6,3%
20-24 4,5% 4,9%
25-29 3,4% 3,9%
30-34 2,5% 2,7%
35-39 2,2% 2,3%
40-44 1,6% 2,2%
45-49 1,6% 1,6%
50-54 1,5% 2,2%
55-59 1,4% 1,9%
60-64 1,2% 1,8%
65-69 0,7% 1,3%
70-74 0,5% 1%
75-79 0,3% 0,7%
80-84 0,2% 0,7%
85+ 0,1% 0,5%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,4%
English 2%
IsiNdebele 1,5%
IsiXhosa 1,9%
IsiZulu 91,6%
Sepedi 0,3%
Sesotho 0,1%
Setswana 0,8%
Sign Language 0,9%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.2%
Not Applicable 0,4%
Group Percentage
Married 15%
Living together like married partners 4,6%
Never married 77,1%
Widower/Widow 2,8%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 0,1%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,5%
Some Primary 44,7%
Completed Primary 6,8%
Some Secondary 32,3%
Completed Secondary 11,9%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 0,3%
Sex Percentage
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37,3% household access to electricity for lighting.

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In terms of service delivery,most of the people use candles for lighting. Census 2001 indicated that 59% of the population used candles. Regarding formal structures, great improvement has been made.

Census 2001 indicated that 17% of the population lived in formal dwellings, whereas the Census 2011 findings showed an increase to 49% of the population now living in formal dwellings.

Census 2011 indicates that almost 46% of the individual households do not receive any income; they survive through remittances. This is attributed to the high unemployment rate in the municipality. Also, 30% of these households are dependent on child social grants, while 4–15% are dependent on other social grants such as child foster care and old-age grants. Census 2011 also indicates that 53% of the households are headed by females.

Area Percentage
Urban 1,5%
Tribal/Traditional 91,8%
Farm 6,7%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 76,4% 23,6%
Computer 3,1% 96,9%
Television 35,4% 64,6%
Satellite Television 5,4% 94,6%
Radio 59,9% 40,1%
Landline / Telephone 3% 97%
Motor Car 10,2% 89,8%
Refrigerator 29,1% 70,9%
Electric / Gas-Stove 33,7% 66,3%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 28,3% 22,1% 37,3%
Gas 4,1% 2% 0,8%
Paraffin 7,9% 2,1% 1,4%
Solar 0,2% 0,4% 0,4%
Candles 0% 0% 58,6%
Wood 58,4% 57,3% 0%
Coal 0,7% 2,4% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 13,7% 1,5%
Access Percentage
From Home 1,4%
From Cellphone 16,7%
From Work 1,2%
From Elsewhere 4%
No Access 76,6%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 4,2%
Owned and fully paid off 69,8%
Owned but not yet paid off 10,6%
Occupied rent free 13,6%
Other 1,7%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 42,5%
Borehole 8,4%
Spring 9,4%
Rain water tank 2,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 4,1%
River/Stream 27,8%
Water vendor 0,9%
Water tanker 2,1%
Other 2,7%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 6,8%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 4,7%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3,2%
Chemical toilet 29,6%
Pit toilet with ventilation 20,2%
Pit toilet without ventilation 28%
Bucket toilet 1,3%
Other 6,2%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 2,3%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,5%
Communal refuse dump 3,4%
Own refuse dump 80,4%
No rubbish disposal 10,9%
Other 1,6%
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The unemployment rate is at 48,7%.

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Unemployment is at 48,7%, and the dependency ratio is 56%. Income levels also indicate a high level of poverty in this area, with 33% households earning no income.

Employment Status Number
Employed 11312
Unemployed 10759
Discouraged Work Seeker 9233
Not Economically Active 48860
Income Percentage
None income 13,1%
R1 - R4,800 5,8%
R4,801 - R9,600 10,7%
R9,601 - R19,600 27,7%
R19,601 - R38,200 25,4%
R38,201 - R76,4000 10,3%
R76,401 - R153,800 3,5%
R153,801 - R307,600 1,9%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,2%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,2%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,1%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 6,728
Poultry production 7,189
Vegetable production 3,992
Production of other crops 2,252
Other 915

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 2,700
Animals only 7,757
Mixed farming 2,948
Other 305

**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 3,820
R1-R4 800 682
R4 801-R38 400 8,124
R38 401-R307 200 614
R307 201+ 109
Unspecified 361

Key Statistics 2011

Total population140,820
Young (0-14)37,1%
Working Age (15-64)56,9%
Elderly (65+)6%
Dependency ratio75,7
Sex ratio89
Growth rate-0,27% (2001-2011)
Population density129 persons/km2
Unemployment rate48,7%
Youth unemployment rate58,3%
No schooling aged 20+22,3%
Higher education aged 20+2,9%
Matric aged 20+22,2%
Number of households29,200
Number of Agricultural households13,710
Average household size4,7
Female headed households52,8%
Formal dwellings48,5%
Housing owned/paying off80,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage4,7%
Weekly refuse removal2,3%
Piped water inside dwelling9,3%
Electricity for lighting37,3%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population144,615
Young (0-14)39,4%
Working Age (15-64)56,9%
Elderly (65+)5,6%
Dependency ratio81,8%
Sex ratio86
Growth rate-3,14% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate67,8%
Youth unemployment rate76,4%
No schooling aged 20+39,4%
Higher education aged 20+1,7%
Matric aged 20+10,5%
Number of households25,467
Average household size5,1
Female headed households51,4%
Formal dwellings28,9%
Housing owned/paying off58,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage5,5%
Weekly refuse removal2,7%
Piped water inside dwelling2,9%
Electricity for lighting23,9%