Stellenbosch

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According to Census 2011, Stellenbosch Local Municipality has a total population of 155 733 people.

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Stellenbosch Local Municipality (also known as Stellenbosch Municipality) in the Western Cape is the local municipality that governs the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Pniel, and the surrounding rural areas. It covers an area of 831 km2 (321 sq mi)

(Source: en.wikipedia.org).

The 900 km2 municipal area is internationally renowned for its beautiful environment, many places of interest, wine farms, street cafes, restaurants, quality wines, historical buildings and excellent educational institutions. The major portion of the area is utilised for agriculture (mainly wine production) and it includes the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and settlements such as Klapmuts, Koelenhof, Kylemore, Johannesdal, Pniel, Jamestown and Raithby. Stellenbosch town is 50 km to the east of Cape Town and is – after Cape Town – the oldest town in South Africa.

(Source: www.stellenbosch.gov.za).

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3,1% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

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According to Census 2011, Stellenbosch Local Municipality has a total population of 155 733 people, of whom 52,2% are coloured, 28,1% are black African, and 18,5% are white.  The other population groups make up the remaining 1,2%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 6,2% have completed primary school, 35% have some secondary education, 25,2% have completed matric, and 17,3% have some form of higher education, while 3,1% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African28,1%
Coloured52,2%
Indian/Asian0,4%
White18,5%
Other0,8%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,3% 4,3%
5-9 3,6% 3,6%
10-14 3,5% 3,5%
15-19 4,7% 5,2%
20-24 7,3% 7,5%
25-29 5,1% 5%
30-34 3,9% 3,7%
35-39 3,3% 3,4%
40-44 3,2% 3,3%
45-49 2,7% 2,7%
50-54 2,2% 2,4%
55-59 1,7% 2%
60-64 1,3% 1,4%
65-69 0,9% 1%
70-74 0,6% 0,7%
75-79 0,3% 0,5%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,1% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 63,8%
English 6,8%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 19,6%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 1,2%
Setswana 0,3%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 1.4%
Not Applicable 5,7%
Group Percentage
Married 28,4%
Living together like married partners 6,1%
Never married 60,6%
Widower/Widow 3%
Separated 0,6%
Divorced 1,4%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,4%
Some Primary 31%
Completed Primary 5,4%
Some Secondary 27,5%
Completed Secondary 17,1%
Higher Education 6%
Not Applicable 10,5%
Sex Percentage
Female 51,1%
Male 48,9%
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92,9% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 43 420 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,3 persons per household.

80,5% of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard. Only 3% of households do not have access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 76,6%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 23,4%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 89,2% 10,8%
Computer 37,7% 62,3%
Television 83% 17%
Satellite Television 29,7% 70,3%
Radio 67,6% 32,4%
Landline / Telephone 25,9% 74,1%
Motor Car 43,5% 56,5%
Refrigerator 81,1% 18,9%
Electric / Gas-Stove 89,6% 10,4%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 87,5% 67,5% 92,9%
Gas 6,3% 2,1% 0,4%
Paraffin 4,2% 9,6% 4,1%
Solar 0,1% 0,3% 0,1%
Candles 0% 0% 2,1%
Wood 1,2% 6,5% 0%
Coal 0% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0,3% 0% 0%
None 0,4% 13,9% 0,4%
Access Percentage
From Home 17,9%
From Cellphone 16,6%
From Work 5,7%
From Elsewhere 5%
No Access 54,7%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 30%
Owned and fully paid off 25,6%
Owned but not yet paid off 10%
Occupied rent free 29%
Other 5,4%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 87,2%
Borehole 7,8%
Spring 0,6%
Rain water tank 0,1%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1,9%
River/Stream 0,4%
Water vendor 0,3%
Water tanker 0,5%
Other 1,2%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 2,4%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 87,1%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3,9%
Chemical toilet 0,7%
Pit toilet with ventilation 0,5%
Pit toilet without ventilation 0,4%
Bucket toilet 2,6%
Other 2,4%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 87%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 2,5%
Communal refuse dump 3,1%
Own refuse dump 4,7%
No rubbish disposal 1%
Other 1,8%
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 21,5% Youth unemployment rate.

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Of the 67 135 people who are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), 15,2% are unemployed.

Of the 34 184 economically active youth (aged 15 – 34 ) in the area, 21,5% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 56957
Unemployed 10178
Discouraged Work Seeker 2731
Not Economically Active 42666
Income Percentage
None income 20,6%
R1 - R4,800 2,1%
R4,801 - R9,600 3,5%
R9,601 - R19,600 10,2%
R19,601 - R38,200 16,5%
R38,201 - R76,4000 15,5%
R76,401 - R153,800 11,5%
R153,801 - R307,600 8,5%
R307,601 - R614,400 6,6%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 3,3%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 1%
R2,457,601+ 0,7%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 591
Poultry production 748
Vegetable production 1,307
Production of other crops 936
Other 1,080

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 1,391
Animals only 552
Mixed farming 484
Other 377

**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 427
R1-R4 800 39
R4 801-R38 400 961
R38 401-R307 200 866
R307 201+ 381
Unspecified 131

Key Statistics 2011

Total population155,733
Young (0-14)22,8%
Working Age (15-64)72,3%
Elderly (65+)4,9%
Dependency ratio38,4
Sex ratio95,8
Growth rate2,71% (2001-2011)
Population density187 persons/km2
Unemployment rate15,2%
Youth unemployment rate21,5%
No schooling aged 20+3,1%
Higher education aged 20+17,3%
Matric aged 20+25,2%
Number of households43,420
Number of Agricultural households2,805
Average household size3,3
Female headed households34,6%
Formal dwellings75,1%
Housing owned/paying off35,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage87,1%
Weekly refuse removal87%
Piped water inside dwelling72,4%
Electricity for lighting92,9%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population118,709
Young (0-14)25,4%
Working Age (15-64)72,3%
Elderly (65+)4,5%
Dependency ratio42,6%
Sex ratio94,2
Growth rate2,65% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate16,9%
Youth unemployment rate23,1%
No schooling aged 20+5,9%
Higher education aged 20+17,4%
Matric aged 20+21,8%
Number of households29,023
Average household size3,3
Female headed households33,8%
Formal dwellings81,4%
Housing owned/paying off42,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage82%
Weekly refuse removal81,8%
Piped water inside dwelling71,5%
Electricity for lighting92,1%