Pixley Ka Seme

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According to Census 2011, the total population is 83 235 and 0,3% population growth rate.

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The PixleykaSeme Local Municipality is situated on the eastern border between Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal and is framed by the Mkhondo Municipality in the east, Msukaligwa Municipality to the north and Lekwa Municipality to the west. It comprises an area of approximately 5227.98km², which includes Amersfoot, Ezamokuhle, Perdekop, Siyanzenzeda, Volksrust, Vukuzakhe, Wakkerstroom, Esizameleni and Daggakraal

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Pixley Ka Seme , Mpumalanga 83,235 130
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19,3% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

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According to census 2011, Pixley ka Seme Local Municipality has a total population of 186 351, of which 90,5% are black African, 7,4% are white, 0,6% are coloured,  and 1,2% are Indian/Asian. Of those 20 years and older 4,5% have completed primary school, 29,2% have some secondary education, 24,7% have completed matric, and 7,3% have some form of higher education. 19,4%  of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African90,5%
Coloured0,6%
Indian/Asian1,2%
White7,4%
Other0,3%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,2% 6,1%
5-9 5,6% 5,8%
10-14 5,7% 5,5%
15-19 5,5% 5,6%
20-24 4,7% 4,9%
25-29 3,8% 4%
30-34 2,9% 3,1%
35-39 2,6% 2,8%
40-44 2,1% 2,8%
45-49 1,9% 1,9%
50-54 1,8% 2,2%
55-59 1,4% 2%
60-64 1,2% 1,6%
65-69 0,8% 1,2%
70-74 0,6% 0,9%
75-79 0,4% 0,6%
80-84 0,2% 0,4%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 6,8%
English 2,3%
IsiNdebele 1%
IsiXhosa 0,4%
IsiZulu 82,2%
Sepedi 0,4%
Sesotho 2,2%
Setswana 0,7%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 2%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,2%
Other 0.7%
Not Applicable 0,7%
Group Percentage
Married 15,1%
Living together like married partners 6,5%
Never married 74,8%
Widower/Widow 2,9%
Separated 0,3%
Divorced 0,4%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,1%
Some Primary 44,9%
Completed Primary 6,8%
Some Secondary 32,4%
Completed Secondary 11,5%
Higher Education 0,9%
Not Applicable 0,4%
Sex Percentage
Female 52,5%
Male 47,5%
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85,2% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 19 838 households in the municipality with an average household size of 4,1 persons per household.38,9%of households have access to piped water inside dwelling/institution,45,4% have water in their yard and only 7,1% of households do not have access piped water.85,2% of households have access to electricity.

Area Percentage
Urban 58,3%
Tribal/Traditional 22,9%
Farm 18,8%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 89,5% 10,5%
Computer 13,5% 86,5%
Television 76,9% 23,1%
Satellite Television 17,1% 82,9%
Radio 75,6% 24,4%
Landline / Telephone 8,4% 91,6%
Motor Car 24,8% 75,2%
Refrigerator 66,7% 33,3%
Electric / Gas-Stove 72% 28%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 52,3% 39,2% 85,2%
Gas 1,6% 1,6% 0,2%
Paraffin 1,8% 0,9% 0,7%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 13,4%
Wood 10,6% 11,4% 0%
Coal 30% 37,8% 0%
Animal Dung 3,2% 3,9% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 5% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 4,7%
From Cellphone 17,3%
From Work 2,1%
From Elsewhere 4,2%
No Access 71,8%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 30,1%
Owned and fully paid off 32,5%
Owned but not yet paid off 7,5%
Occupied rent free 27,5%
Other 2,4%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 84,1%
Borehole 6,9%
Spring 1,4%
Rain water tank 0,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,7%
River/Stream 1,6%
Water vendor 0,5%
Water tanker 3,5%
Other 1%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 4,6%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 62,5%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 2,8%
Chemical toilet 0,6%
Pit toilet with ventilation 18%
Pit toilet without ventilation 9,9%
Bucket toilet 0,5%
Other 1,2%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 62%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,2%
Communal refuse dump 1%
Own refuse dump 25,4%
No rubbish disposal 10,2%
Other 0,3%
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36,1% Unemployment rate

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Of the 21 885 economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) people in the municipality, 36,1% are unemployed. Of the 11 354 economically active youth (15–34 years) in the area, 45,1% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 13979
Unemployed 7906
Discouraged Work Seeker 4184
Not Economically Active 23383
Income Percentage
None income 15,4%
R1 - R4,800 6,7%
R4,801 - R9,600 10,2%
R9,601 - R19,600 20,4%
R19,601 - R38,200 20,4%
R38,201 - R76,4000 11,1%
R76,401 - R153,800 6,9%
R153,801 - R307,600 5,1%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,7%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,6%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 3,497
Poultry production 3,743
Vegetable production 3,619
Production of other crops 1,351
Other 731

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 1,646
Animals only 2,703
Mixed farming 2,552
Other 219

**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 2,332
R1-R4 800 406
R4 801-R38 400 3,671
R38 401-R307 200 559
R307 201+ 64
Unspecified 88

Key Statistics 2011

Total population83,235
Young (0-14)34,9%
Working Age (15-64)59,4%
Elderly (65+)5,7%
Dependency ratio68,3
Sex ratio90,4
Growth rate0,3% (2001-2011)
Population density16 persons/km2
Unemployment rate36,1%
Youth unemployment rate45,1%
No schooling aged 20+19,3%
Higher education aged 20+7,3%
Matric aged 20+24,7%
Number of households19,838
Number of Agricultural households7,120
Average household size4,1
Female headed households45,1%
Formal dwellings76,8%
Housing owned/paying off40%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage62,5%
Weekly refuse removal62%
Piped water inside dwelling38,9%
Electricity for lighting85,2%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population80,737
Young (0-14)38,6%
Working Age (15-64)59,4%
Elderly (65+)5,1%
Dependency ratio77,7%
Sex ratio87,5
Growth rate2,8% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate50,6%
Youth unemployment rate59,9%
No schooling aged 20+35,7%
Higher education aged 20+4,9%
Matric aged 20+12,6%
Number of households18,002
Average household size4,4
Female headed households44,6%
Formal dwellings58,5%
Housing owned/paying off37%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage50,4%
Weekly refuse removal52,3%
Piped water inside dwelling18,8%
Electricity for lighting67,4%