Oudtshoorn

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According Census 2011, Oudtshoorn Local Municipality has a total population of 95 933.

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Oudtshoorn Local Municipality lies within the boundaries of the Eden District Municipality in the Western Cape Province.  Since 5 December 2000, the Oudtshoorn municipal area includes the larger settlements of Oudtshoorn, Dysselsdorp, and De Rust, and the smaller rural settlements of Volmoed, Schoemanshoek, Spieskamp, Vlakteplaas, Grootkraal, De Hoop, and Matjiesrivier.

The Greater Oudtshoorn area is nestled at the foot of the Swartberg mountains in the heart of the Little Karoo region of the Western Cape. (www.localgovernment.co.za).

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Oudtshoorn , Western Cape 95,933 119
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Fetakgomo , Limpopo 93,795 122
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4,5% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

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According Census 2011, Oudtshoorn Local Municipality has a total population of 95 933, of which 77,3% are coloured people, 12,5% are white people, with the other population groups making up the rest.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 9% have completed primary school, 36,8% have some secondary education, 25,1% have completed matric and 6,7% have some form of higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African9,1%
Coloured77,3%
Indian/Asian0,3%
White12,5%
Other0,7%
Age Males Females
0-4 5% 4,8%
5-9 4,7% 4,6%
10-14 4,8% 4,8%
15-19 5% 4,7%
20-24 4,2% 4,2%
25-29 3,6% 3,9%
30-34 2,9% 3,3%
35-39 3,2% 3,6%
40-44 3,1% 3,5%
45-49 2,7% 2,7%
50-54 2,4% 2,8%
55-59 1,9% 2,4%
60-64 1,5% 2%
65-69 1,1% 1,5%
70-74 0,8% 1,1%
75-79 0,5% 0,7%
80-84 0,3% 0,5%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 88,9%
English 2,2%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 4,7%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,3%
Setswana 0,6%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.4%
Not Applicable 2,3%
Group Percentage
Married 26,6%
Living together like married partners 6,7%
Never married 60,1%
Widower/Widow 4,6%
Separated 0,6%
Divorced 1,5%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,8%
Some Primary 44,3%
Completed Primary 7,9%
Some Secondary 29,8%
Completed Secondary 11,3%
Higher Education 0,8%
Not Applicable 3,1%
Sex Percentage
Female 52,1%
Male 47,9%
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85,3% of households have access to electricity.

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There are 21 910 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 4,2 persons per household. 36,2% of households are headed by females and 85,3% of households have access to electricity. 74,5% of households have access to piped water inside dwelling.

Area Percentage
Urban 81,6%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 18,4%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 78% 22%
Computer 24,5% 75,5%
Television 80,5% 19,5%
Satellite Television 26,3% 73,7%
Radio 68,3% 31,7%
Landline / Telephone 21,8% 78,2%
Motor Car 36,6% 63,4%
Refrigerator 74,8% 25,2%
Electric / Gas-Stove 82,4% 17,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 77,8% 61,6% 85,2%
Gas 7,8% 1,7% 0,1%
Paraffin 3,1% 2,3% 0,8%
Solar 0,1% 0,2% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 13,2%
Wood 10,6% 17,3% 0%
Coal 0,2% 0,6% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,4% 16,3% 0,4%
Access Percentage
From Home 9,3%
From Cellphone 10,3%
From Work 3,3%
From Elsewhere 2,2%
No Access 74,9%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 22,2%
Owned and fully paid off 49,9%
Owned but not yet paid off 11,8%
Occupied rent free 13,7%
Other 2,4%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 89,7%
Borehole 2%
Spring 0,5%
Rain water tank 0,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 2,4%
River/Stream 1,8%
Water vendor 0,3%
Water tanker 1,6%
Other 1,4%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 3,4%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 77,2%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3,2%
Chemical toilet 1,6%
Pit toilet with ventilation 4%
Pit toilet without ventilation 5,1%
Bucket toilet 3,7%
Other 1,8%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 78%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,4%
Communal refuse dump 2,9%
Own refuse dump 13,2%
No rubbish disposal 3,3%
Other 1,2%
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25,3% unemployment rate.

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There are 31 168 economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) people, and of these 25,3% are unemployed.

Of the 14 351 economically active youth (15–35 years) in the area, 35,9% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 23281
Unemployed 7887
Discouraged Work Seeker 3187
Not Economically Active 27229
Income Percentage
None income 9%
R1 - R4,800 2,3%
R4,801 - R9,600 4,5%
R9,601 - R19,600 16,3%
R19,601 - R38,200 23,7%
R38,201 - R76,4000 18,9%
R76,401 - R153,800 11,5%
R153,801 - R307,600 8,4%
R307,601 - R614,400 4,2%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,8%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 757
Poultry production 787
Vegetable production 1,089
Production of other crops 297
Other 383

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 922
Animals only 830
Mixed farming 370
Other 113

**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 266
R1-R4 800 43
R4 801-R38 400 1,214
R38 401-R307 200 538
R307 201+ 75
Unspecified 100

Key Statistics 2011

Total population95,933
Young (0-14)28,7%
Working Age (15-64)64,2%
Elderly (65+)7,2%
Dependency ratio55,8
Sex ratio91,8
Growth rate1,25% (2001-2011)
Population density27 persons/km2
Unemployment rate25,3%
Youth unemployment rate35,9%
No schooling aged 20+4,5%
Higher education aged 20+6,7%
Matric aged 20+25,1%
Number of households21,910
Number of Agricultural households2,235
Average household size4,2
Female headed households36,2%
Formal dwellings88,5%
Housing owned/paying off61,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage77,2%
Weekly refuse removal78%
Piped water inside dwelling74,5%
Electricity for lighting85,3%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population84,692
Young (0-14)32,1%
Working Age (15-64)64,2%
Elderly (65+)5,8%
Dependency ratio61%
Sex ratio92,2
Growth rate1,35% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate33,7%
Youth unemployment rate43,4%
No schooling aged 20+10,1%
Higher education aged 20+7%
Matric aged 20+20,3%
Number of households18,124
Average household size4,5
Female headed households33,5%
Formal dwellings87%
Housing owned/paying off59,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage77,7%
Weekly refuse removal81,4%
Piped water inside dwelling58,7%
Electricity for lighting85,1%