Tsolwana

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Total population of 33 281 from census 2011.

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Tsolwana Local Municipality has two main urban centres, Tarkastad and Hofmeyr, and about 11 rural villages scattered within the former Ntabethemba area, including Thornhill, Mitford, Rocklands, Tendergate, etc.  Tsolwana covers an area of approximately 6 000 square km in extent with a density of about six people per square km. The extent of local area of jurisdiction translates to 4,2% of the district as a whole.

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Tsolwana , Eastern Cape 33,281 199
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Of those aged 20 years and older 16,1% have no form of schooling.

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According to Census 2011 the Tsolwana Local Municipality has a total population of 33 281, of which 91,0% is black African, 5,8%  are coloured, 2,8 % white people, with other population groups making up the remaining 0,4%.
Of those 20 years and older 7,4 % have completed primary school, 30,9% have some secondary education, 14,0% have completed matric, and 5,0% have some form of higher education.
Group Percentage
Black African91%
Coloured5,8%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White2,8%
Other0,3%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,9% 5,8%
5-9 5,5% 5,7%
10-14 5,5% 4,8%
15-19 5,5% 5,2%
20-24 4,3% 4,3%
25-29 3,4% 3,4%
30-34 2,5% 2,8%
35-39 2,4% 2,9%
40-44 2,1% 2,8%
45-49 2% 2%
50-54 1,8% 2,7%
55-59 1,7% 2,7%
60-64 1,4% 2,1%
65-69 1,1% 1,5%
70-74 1% 1,5%
75-79 0,5% 1,1%
80-84 0,3% 0,6%
85+ 0,3% 0,5%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 8,4%
English 2,3%
IsiNdebele 0,2%
IsiXhosa 83,9%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 2,8%
Setswana 0,2%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.6%
Not Applicable 0,4%
Group Percentage
Married 21,4%
Living together like married partners 4,2%
Never married 68,1%
Widower/Widow 5%
Separated 0,8%
Divorced 0,5%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,6%
Some Primary 50,8%
Completed Primary 7,6%
Some Secondary 31,7%
Completed Secondary 5,9%
Higher Education 0,7%
Not Applicable 0,7%
Sex Percentage
Female 53%
Male 47%
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88,0% of households have access to electricity.

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There are 9 494 in the municipality with average household size of 3,5 persons per household. 17,1% of households have access to piped water inside dwelling/institution and 40,8% have access to piped water in the yard. 4,9% of households do not have access piped water.
Area Percentage
Urban 29,3%
Tribal/Traditional 59,5%
Farm 11,2%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 79,3% 20,7%
Computer 5,9% 94,1%
Television 68% 32%
Satellite Television 12,5% 87,5%
Radio 59,8% 40,2%
Landline / Telephone 6,2% 93,8%
Motor Car 14,1% 85,9%
Refrigerator 59,6% 40,4%
Electric / Gas-Stove 79,1% 20,9%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 76,8% 20,9% 88%
Gas 1,6% 1,2% 0,1%
Paraffin 12,5% 36,3% 5,1%
Solar 0,2% 0,1% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 6,5%
Wood 8,1% 35,6% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,5% 0%
Animal Dung 0,2% 0,2% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,5% 5,2% 0,1%
Access Percentage
From Home 2,7%
From Cellphone 11,6%
From Work 1,3%
From Elsewhere 2,3%
No Access 82%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 10%
Owned and fully paid off 66,1%
Owned but not yet paid off 2,4%
Occupied rent free 18,2%
Other 3,3%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 77,9%
Borehole 9,6%
Spring 0,2%
Rain water tank 1,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,8%
River/Stream 0,1%
Water vendor 1,9%
Water tanker 5,5%
Other 2,8%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 10,5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 17,7%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 5,1%
Chemical toilet 2,1%
Pit toilet with ventilation 47,6%
Pit toilet without ventilation 6,9%
Bucket toilet 8,3%
Other 1,9%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 26,6%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,5%
Communal refuse dump 0,6%
Own refuse dump 66,7%
No rubbish disposal 2,5%
Other 2,1%
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46,9% Youth unemployment rate

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There 4 405 employed persons in the municipality, the unemployment rate is estimated at 26,9%, which does not include the 1 811 discouraged work-seekers who have given up looking for work.
The youth unemployment is estimated at 46,9%, which does include the 1 033 youth who fall within the discouraged work-seeker group.
Employment Status Number
Employed 4405
Unemployed 2720
Discouraged Work Seeker 1811
Not Economically Active 10580
Income Percentage
None income 15,3%
R1 - R4,800 6,7%
R4,801 - R9,600 10,4%
R9,601 - R19,600 27,9%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,9%
R38,201 - R76,4000 8,5%
R76,401 - R153,800 4,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 2,4%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,1%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,2%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,1%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 2,427
Poultry production 993
Vegetable production 687
Production of other crops 305
Other 295

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 404
Animals only 2,341
Mixed farming 479
Other 73

**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 955
R1-R4 800 78
R4 801-R38 400 1,876
R38 401-R307 200 280
R307 201+ 47
Unspecified 62

Key Statistics 2011

Total population33,281
Young (0-14)33,1%
Working Age (15-64)58,6%
Elderly (65+)8,2%
Dependency ratio70,5
Sex ratio88,8
Growth rate0,23% (2001-2011)
Population density5 persons/km2
Unemployment rate38,2%
Youth unemployment rate46,9%
No schooling aged 20+16%
Higher education aged 20+5%
Matric aged 20+13,9%
Number of households9,494
Number of Agricultural households3,298
Average household size3,5
Female headed households48,7%
Formal dwellings87,7%
Housing owned/paying off68,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage17,7%
Weekly refuse removal26,6%
Piped water inside dwelling17,1%
Electricity for lighting88%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population32,537
Young (0-14)35,7%
Working Age (15-64)58,6%
Elderly (65+)7,3%
Dependency ratio75,3%
Sex ratio86,6
Growth rate-1,52% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate54,3%
Youth unemployment rate65,2%
No schooling aged 20+29,8%
Higher education aged 20+4,6%
Matric aged 20+10,8%
Number of households7,830
Average household size4,1
Female headed households49,4%
Formal dwellings77,6%
Housing owned/paying off33,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage5,9%
Weekly refuse removal26,3%
Piped water inside dwelling6,9%
Electricity for lighting86%