Saldanha Bay

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According to Census 2011, Saldanha Bay Local Municipality has a total population of 99 193 people.

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Saldanha Bay Local Municipality is located within the West Coast District Municipality in the Western Cape Province on the south-eastern coastline of South Africa. It is predominantly urban (96,8%), and major settlements include Vredenburg, Saldanha and Langebaan.

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Saldanha Bay , Western Cape 99,193 113
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Thaba Chweu , Mpumalanga 98,387 115
Langeberg , Western Cape 97,724 116
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2,4% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

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According to Census 2011, Saldanha Bay Local Municipality has a total population of 99 193 people, of whom 55,8% are coloured, 24,5% are black African, , and 18,0% are white. The other population groups make up the remaining 1,7%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 6,4% have completed primary school, 41,9% have some secondary education, 28,5% have completed matric, and 9,3% have some form of higher education, while 2,4% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African24,5%
Coloured55,8%
Indian/Asian0,8%
White18%
Other0,9%
Age Males Females
0-4 5% 4,8%
5-9 3,9% 3,9%
10-14 3,8% 3,8%
15-19 3,9% 3,9%
20-24 5,2% 5,2%
25-29 5,2% 5,1%
30-34 4,1% 3,9%
35-39 3,8% 3,8%
40-44 3,6% 3,5%
45-49 2,9% 2,9%
50-54 2,5% 2,7%
55-59 1,9% 2,1%
60-64 1,5% 1,5%
65-69 1% 1,1%
70-74 0,7% 0,8%
75-79 0,4% 0,5%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,1% 0,2%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 70,8%
English 6,5%
IsiNdebele 0,3%
IsiXhosa 16%
IsiZulu 0,4%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 1,2%
Setswana 0,7%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,2%
Xitsonga 0,3%
Other 1%
Not Applicable 2,4%
Group Percentage
Married 31%
Living together like married partners 7,5%
Never married 56,1%
Widower/Widow 3,3%
Separated 0,6%
Divorced 1,5%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,2%
Some Primary 39,2%
Completed Primary 6,2%
Some Secondary 34,8%
Completed Secondary 12,4%
Higher Education 1,4%
Not Applicable 2,9%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,2%
Male 49,8%
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97% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 28 835 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,2 persons per household. 80,2% of households have access to piped water within the dwelling, and 97,0% of households have access to electricity for lighting. Almost a third of households (30,4%) are headed by females.

Area Percentage
Urban 96,8%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 3,2%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 90,7% 9,3%
Computer 31,2% 68,8%
Television 86,1% 13,9%
Satellite Television 40,6% 59,4%
Radio 68% 32%
Landline / Telephone 24,6% 75,4%
Motor Car 42,9% 57,1%
Refrigerator 81,9% 18,1%
Electric / Gas-Stove 93,4% 6,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 92,4% 75,4% 97%
Gas 5,1% 1,7% 0,1%
Paraffin 1,6% 2,4% 0,8%
Solar 0,1% 1,3% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 1,5%
Wood 0,4% 2,2% 0%
Coal 0% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 16,8% 0,4%
Access Percentage
From Home 13,2%
From Cellphone 15,4%
From Work 4%
From Elsewhere 3,8%
No Access 63,6%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 30,2%
Owned and fully paid off 46,6%
Owned but not yet paid off 15,5%
Occupied rent free 5,2%
Other 2,5%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 97,4%
Borehole 0,8%
Spring 0,1%
Rain water tank 0,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,5%
River/Stream 0,2%
Water vendor 0,1%
Water tanker 0,2%
Other 0,5%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 1,9%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 92,5%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3,7%
Chemical toilet 0,1%
Pit toilet with ventilation 0,1%
Pit toilet without ventilation 0,1%
Bucket toilet 0,8%
Other 0,8%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 96,6%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,5%
Communal refuse dump 0,2%
Own refuse dump 2,1%
No rubbish disposal 0,4%
Other 0,2%
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23,4% are unemployed.

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44 829 people are economically active (i.e. employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these, 23,4% are unemployed. In terms of the youth, aged 15-34, the unemployment rate is 30,4% among the 22 885 individuals who are economically active.

Employment Status Number
Employed 34359
Unemployed 10470
Discouraged Work Seeker 1909
Not Economically Active 22168
Income Percentage
None income 13,9%
R1 - R4,800 2,4%
R4,801 - R9,600 4%
R9,601 - R19,600 10,7%
R19,601 - R38,200 17,4%
R38,201 - R76,4000 16,7%
R76,401 - R153,800 15,2%
R153,801 - R307,600 11,5%
R307,601 - R614,400 6,1%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 1,5%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,4%
R2,457,601+ 0,3%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 365
Poultry production 388
Vegetable production 506
Production of other crops 237
Other 509

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 385
Animals only 319
Mixed farming 241
Other 171

**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 203
R1-R4 800 27
R4 801-R38 400 376
R38 401-R307 200 394
R307 201+ 76
Unspecified 40

Key Statistics 2011

Total population99,193
Young (0-14)25,3%
Working Age (15-64)69,5%
Elderly (65+)5,2%
Dependency ratio44
Sex ratio99,2
Growth rate3,45% (2001-2011)
Population density49 persons/km2
Unemployment rate23,4%
Youth unemployment rate30,4%
No schooling aged 20+2,4%
Higher education aged 20+9,3%
Matric aged 20+28,4%
Number of households28,835
Number of Agricultural households1,116
Average household size3,2
Female headed households30,4%
Formal dwellings81,7%
Housing owned/paying off62,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage92,5%
Weekly refuse removal96,6%
Piped water inside dwelling80,2%
Electricity for lighting97%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population70,261
Young (0-14)28,9%
Working Age (15-64)69,5%
Elderly (65+)3,9%
Dependency ratio48,8%
Sex ratio98,4
Growth rate4,34% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate21,5%
Youth unemployment rate26,8%
No schooling aged 20+5,1%
Higher education aged 20+7,7%
Matric aged 20+22,2%
Number of households18,663
Average household size3,7
Female headed households29,1%
Formal dwellings84,5%
Housing owned/paying off65,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage90,5%
Weekly refuse removal96,2%
Piped water inside dwelling67,2%
Electricity for lighting91,5%