Setsoto

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According to Census 2011, Setsoto Local Municipality has a population  of 112,597, of whom 92,3% are black African, 5,7% are white, with the remaining  2% made up by other population groups.

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Setsoto Local Municipality is situated in the Eastern Free State within the boundaries of the Thabo Mofutsanyane District Municipality. The local municipality area measures 5 948,35 km2 and comprises four urban areas namely Ficksburg/Meqheleng, Senekal/Matwabeng, Marquard/Moemaneng and Clocolan/Hlohlolwane, as well as some surrounding rural areas.

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Setsoto , Free State 112,597 100
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8,7% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, Setsoto Local Municipality has a population  of 110 335, of whom 92,3% are black African, 5,7% are white, with the remaining  2% made up by other population groups. The majority of the population, that is 62%, is between 15 and 64 years of age. The age group 0 to 14 years accounts for 32% of the population.

Of those aged 20 years and above, approximately 8,7% have no formal schooling, 22,6% have completed matric, and 6,9% have some form of higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African92,3%
Coloured1%
Indian/Asian0,8%
White5,7%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,9% 5,8%
5-9 5,5% 5,5%
10-14 4,8% 4,7%
15-19 5% 5%
20-24 4,7% 4,8%
25-29 4,2% 4,5%
30-34 3,4% 3,8%
35-39 2,8% 3,4%
40-44 2,3% 3%
45-49 2% 2%
50-54 1,7% 2,3%
55-59 1,5% 2,1%
60-64 1,1% 1,7%
65-69 0,8% 1,3%
70-74 0,5% 1%
75-79 0,3% 0,8%
80-84 0,2% 0,4%
85+ 0,1% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 7%
English 2,8%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 0,4%
IsiZulu 0,3%
Sepedi 0%
Sesotho 86%
Setswana 0,2%
Sign Language 1,2%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.4%
Not Applicable 1,4%
Group Percentage
Married 22%
Living together like married partners 6,3%
Never married 62,9%
Widower/Widow 6,4%
Separated 1,5%
Divorced 0,9%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 4,1%
Some Primary 44,4%
Completed Primary 6,4%
Some Secondary 33,4%
Completed Secondary 9,7%
Higher Education 0,8%
Not Applicable 1,3%
Sex Percentage
Female 53,3%
Male 46,7%
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88,6% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 33 687 households in Setsoto, with an average household size of 3,3persons per household.Of households in the municipality, 1,9% have no access to piped water; 31,4% have access to piped water in the dwelling, and 59,4% of households have access to piped water in the yard.70% of the householdslive in formal dwellings.

Area Percentage
Urban 88,7%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 11,3%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 83,4% 16,6%
Computer 11,1% 88,9%
Television 73,3% 26,7%
Satellite Television 21,4% 78,6%
Radio 74,3% 25,7%
Landline / Telephone 8,4% 91,6%
Motor Car 19,1% 80,9%
Refrigerator 66,6% 33,4%
Electric / Gas-Stove 81,4% 18,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 81,5% 45,8% 88,6%
Gas 4,2% 3,2% 0,1%
Paraffin 7,6% 27,7% 1,1%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 9,8%
Wood 5,6% 12,7% 0%
Coal 0,2% 1,2% 0%
Animal Dung 0,4% 0,6% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 8,7% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 3,6%
From Cellphone 13,6%
From Work 2,3%
From Elsewhere 4,1%
No Access 76,3%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 18,4%
Owned and fully paid off 53,3%
Owned but not yet paid off 8,7%
Occupied rent free 17,9%
Other 1,7%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 87,8%
Borehole 7,4%
Spring 0,4%
Rain water tank 0,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,5%
River/Stream 0,1%
Water vendor 0,9%
Water tanker 1,8%
Other 0,8%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 4,1%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 56,6%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 4,4%
Chemical toilet 0,5%
Pit toilet with ventilation 4,6%
Pit toilet without ventilation 5,3%
Bucket toilet 23,3%
Other 1,1%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 55%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 2,5%
Communal refuse dump 2,4%
Own refuse dump 32,5%
No rubbish disposal 6,9%
Other 0,7%
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46,1% Youth unemployment rate.

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Of the 33 411 economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) people in the municipality, 35,7% are unemployed.

Of the 17 173 economically active youth (aged 15–34) in the area, 46,1% are unemployed.

Agriculture is the main economic activity in the municipality

Employment Status Number
Employed 21493
Unemployed 11918
Discouraged Work Seeker 5365
Not Economically Active 31111
Income Percentage
None income 12,7%
R1 - R4,800 6,9%
R4,801 - R9,600 11,3%
R9,601 - R19,600 24,9%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,2%
R38,201 - R76,4000 9,8%
R76,401 - R153,800 5,8%
R153,801 - R307,600 4,2%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,7%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,3%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 3,021
Poultry production 2,512
Vegetable production 5,372
Production of other crops 1,838
Other 1,293

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 4,993
Animals only 3,341
Mixed farming 1,222
Other 261

**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 2,620
R1-R4 800 383
R4 801-R38 400 5,475
R38 401-R307 200 1,102
R307 201+ 134
Unspecified 104

Key Statistics 2011

Total population112,597
Young (0-14)32,1%
Working Age (15-64)62,1%
Elderly (65+)5,8%
Dependency ratio61,1
Sex ratio87,8
Growth rate-0,9% (2001-2011)
Population density19 persons/km2
Unemployment rate35,7%
Youth unemployment rate46,1%
No schooling aged 20+8,7%
Higher education aged 20+6,9%
Matric aged 20+22,6%
Number of households33,687
Number of Agricultural households9,817
Average household size3,3
Female headed households46,4%
Formal dwellings70,2%
Housing owned/paying off62%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage56,6%
Weekly refuse removal55%
Piped water inside dwelling31,4%
Electricity for lighting88,6%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population123,194
Young (0-14)32,6%
Working Age (15-64)62,1%
Elderly (65+)5,2%
Dependency ratio60,8%
Sex ratio86,2
Growth rate2,31% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate41,1%
Youth unemployment rate51,7%
No schooling aged 20+20,1%
Higher education aged 20+4,7%
Matric aged 20+14,2%
Number of households32,746
Average household size3,6
Female headed households42,8%
Formal dwellings46,8%
Housing owned/paying off52,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage22,1%
Weekly refuse removal51,4%
Piped water inside dwelling13,3%
Electricity for lighting71,8%