Thaba Chweu

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According to Census 2011, the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality has a total population estimated at 98 387.

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Thaba Chweu Local Municipality is one of the four municipalities of the Ehlanzeni District Municipality of Mpumalanga. The municipality is located on the far north-eastern part of the district. It shares its northern boundaries with Limpopo. The municipality is on the Lowveld escarpment of Mpumalanga, with an average elevation of 1 400 m above sea level and altitudes varying from 600 to 2 100 m.

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Lesedi , Gauteng 99,520 112
Saldanha Bay , Western Cape 99,193 113
Kouga , Eastern Cape 98,558 114
Thaba Chweu , Mpumalanga 98,387 115
Langeberg , Western Cape 97,724 116
Maphumulo , KwaZulu-Natal 96,724 117
Umuziwabantu , KwaZulu-Natal 96,556 118
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9,7% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality has a total population estimated at 98 387. Of the population, 81,6% are black African, 14,5% are white, and 2,6% are coloured, with other population groups making up the remaining 1,2%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 4,5% have completed primary school, 33,7% have some secondary education, 30,7% have completed matric, and 9,6% have some form of higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African81,6%
Coloured2,6%
Indian/Asian0,6%
White14,5%
Other0,6%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,9% 4,9%
5-9 3,9% 3,8%
10-14 3,9% 3,8%
15-19 4,2% 4,2%
20-24 5,4% 4,8%
25-29 6% 5%
30-34 4,8% 4,1%
35-39 4,3% 3,7%
40-44 3,6% 3,2%
45-49 3% 3%
50-54 2,3% 2,2%
55-59 1,8% 1,9%
60-64 1,2% 1,3%
65-69 0,8% 1%
70-74 0,6% 0,8%
75-79 0,3% 0,5%
80-84 0,2% 0,4%
85+ 0,1% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 14,7%
English 4,1%
IsiNdebele 2,3%
IsiXhosa 0,5%
IsiZulu 7,4%
Sepedi 35%
Sesotho 7%
Setswana 0,9%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 17,3%
Tshivenda 0,4%
Xitsonga 5,3%
Other 1.6%
Not Applicable 3,3%
Group Percentage
Married 25,1%
Living together like married partners 9,4%
Never married 61,1%
Widower/Widow 3%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 0,9%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,8%
Some Primary 38,6%
Completed Primary 6,3%
Some Secondary 31,8%
Completed Secondary 15,4%
Higher Education 1,5%
Not Applicable 3,5%
Sex Percentage
Female 48,8%
Male 51,2%
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84,3% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 33 352 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 2,7 persons per household. 38,8% of households have access to piped water inside the dwelling/institution and 41% have water in their yard. Only 5,2% of households do not have access piped water.

 

Area Percentage
Urban 65,4%
Tribal/Traditional 16%
Farm 18,6%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 90,3% 9,7%
Computer 16% 84%
Television 63,7% 36,3%
Satellite Television 28,6% 71,4%
Radio 60,5% 39,5%
Landline / Telephone 7,1% 92,9%
Motor Car 24,8% 75,2%
Refrigerator 57,7% 42,3%
Electric / Gas-Stove 73,1% 26,9%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 71,7% 61,9% 84,3%
Gas 2,3% 1,5% 0,3%
Paraffin 5,2% 2,1% 1,5%
Solar 0,2% 0,2% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 13,2%
Wood 19,7% 20,5% 0%
Coal 0,6% 0,7% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 12,9% 0,4%
Access Percentage
From Home 6,1%
From Cellphone 15,4%
From Work 3,7%
From Elsewhere 2,7%
No Access 72%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 45,4%
Owned and fully paid off 32,2%
Owned but not yet paid off 5,1%
Occupied rent free 13,5%
Other 3,7%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 72,4%
Borehole 11,5%
Spring 1%
Rain water tank 0,5%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 2,8%
River/Stream 6,5%
Water vendor 0,6%
Water tanker 3,4%
Other 1,3%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 2,9%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 64,2%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 4,1%
Chemical toilet 0,4%
Pit toilet with ventilation 5%
Pit toilet without ventilation 21,4%
Bucket toilet 0,5%
Other 1,4%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 58,6%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 5,8%
Communal refuse dump 1,2%
Own refuse dump 28,3%
No rubbish disposal 5,3%
Other 0,8%
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27,1% Youth unemployment rate.

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There are 35 972 employed persons, and 2 213 persons are classified as discouraged work-seekers. The total unemployment rate is estimated at 20,5%.

Of the youth (15–35 years), 16 624 are employed and 1 500 are discouraged work-seekers, with a total unemployment rate of 27,1%.

Employment Status Number
Employed 35972
Unemployed 9268
Discouraged Work Seeker 2213
Not Economically Active 21327
Income Percentage
None income 12%
R1 - R4,800 3,3%
R4,801 - R9,600 5,8%
R9,601 - R19,600 20,6%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,4%
R38,201 - R76,4000 14,9%
R76,401 - R153,800 9,6%
R153,801 - R307,600 6,2%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,7%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 1%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 1,496
Poultry production 3,193
Vegetable production 1,827
Production of other crops 1,060
Other 949

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 1,423
Animals only 2,734
Mixed farming 1,049
Other 294

**An agricultural household may not fall under more than one agricultural activity

Income category of heads of agricultural households
Annual income category of agricultural household heads Number
No income 1,219
R1-R4 800 160
R4 801-R38 400 3,033
R38 401-R307 200 845
R307 201+ 119
Unspecified 124

Key Statistics 2011

Total population98,387
Young (0-14)25,2%
Working Age (15-64)69,9%
Elderly (65+)4,9%
Dependency ratio43%
Sex ratio105,1
Growth rate1,86% (2001-2011)
Population density17 persons/km2
Unemployment rate20,5%
Youth unemployment rate27,1%
No schooling aged 20+9,7%
Higher education aged 20+9,6%
Matric aged 20+30,2%
Number of households33,352
Number of Agricultural households5,500
Average household size2,7
Female headed households33,2%
Formal dwellings74,6%
Housing owned/paying off37,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage64,2%
Weekly refuse removal58,6%
Piped water inside dwelling38,8%
Electricity for lighting84,3%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population81,681
Young (0-14)28,4%
Working Age (15-64)69,9%
Elderly (65+)4,4%
Dependency ratio48,9%
Sex ratio99,4
Growth rate4,29% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate25,1%
Youth unemployment rate33,8%
No schooling aged 20+21%
Higher education aged 20+6,2%
Matric aged 20+18,8%
Number of households21,257
Average household size3
Female headed households35,6%
Formal dwellings68,7%
Housing owned/paying off44,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage57,4%
Weekly refuse removal58,1%
Piped water inside dwelling30%
Electricity for lighting75,3%