Ubuhlebezwe

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Ubuhlebezwe has a total population of 101,691.

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Ubuhlebezwe is one of five local municipalities that constitute the Sisonke District. It is located along the eastern boundary of the Sisonke District Municipality. It borders onto the Ingwe, Richmond, Vulamehlo, Umzumbe and UMzimkhulu local municipalities. It covers an area of approximately1 604 km².

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Ubuhlebezwe , KwaZulu-Natal 101,691 110
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15,9% of those aged 20+ had no form of schooling.

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The total population in Ubuhlebezwe is 101 691. . Ninety-one percent of the population in the Greater KokstadMunicipality speaks Isizulu as their first language. The largest portion of the population is represented by the black African racial group (97,5%), followed by a relatively small group of whites (0,8%) and coloureds (1,2%). The sex ratio is 86,8 males per 100 females. The dependency ratio for Ubuhlebezwe is 74,3%.

Group Percentage
Black African97,5%
Coloured1,2%
Indian/Asian0,4%
White0,8%
Other0,1%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,9% 6,6%
5-9 6,1% 6%
10-14 6,1% 5,7%
15-19 6,1% 6,1%
20-24 4,6% 4,7%
25-29 3,5% 4%
30-34 2,4% 2,9%
35-39 2,1% 2,6%
40-44 1,7% 2,6%
45-49 1,7% 1,7%
50-54 1,4% 2,2%
55-59 1,3% 2,1%
60-64 1,1% 1,7%
65-69 0,6% 1,2%
70-74 0,4% 0,9%
75-79 0,2% 0,6%
80-84 0,2% 0,6%
85+ 0,1% 0,5%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,4%
English 3,1%
IsiNdebele 1,3%
IsiXhosa 1,5%
IsiZulu 90,9%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,4%
Setswana 0,6%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.2%
Not Applicable 0,7%
Group Percentage
Married 17,7%
Living together like married partners 2,8%
Never married 75,4%
Widower/Widow 3,5%
Separated 0,3%
Divorced 0,2%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,4%
Some Primary 46,9%
Completed Primary 6,8%
Some Secondary 32,4%
Completed Secondary 10,3%
Higher Education 0,5%
Not Applicable 0,7%
Sex Percentage
Female 53,5%
Male 46,5%
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 53,9% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 23 487 households in Ubuhlebezwe Municipality with an average of 4,1 persons per household. 30,3% of households reside formal dwellings and approximately 63,8% of residences are owned and fully paid off. 12,4% of households have access to piped water from either inside the dwelling, inside the yard or water on a community stand. Access to proper sanitation is very poor, with 12% having access to a flush toilet connected to the sewerage system.

Area Percentage
Urban 11,5%
Tribal/Traditional 74,2%
Farm 14,3%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 79,8% 20,2%
Computer 5,8% 94,2%
Television 46,4% 53,6%
Satellite Television 8% 92%
Radio 58% 42%
Landline / Telephone 4,3% 95,7%
Motor Car 12,5% 87,5%
Refrigerator 38,2% 61,8%
Electric / Gas-Stove 43,2% 56,8%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 27,8% 19,8% 53,9%
Gas 4,6% 1,8% 0,4%
Paraffin 9,9% 4,3% 2,9%
Solar 0,2% 0,1% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 41,6%
Wood 56,8% 65,5% 0%
Coal 0,2% 1,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,2% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 7,1% 0,9%
Access Percentage
From Home 2,1%
From Cellphone 11,1%
From Work 1,9%
From Elsewhere 3%
No Access 81,9%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 13,6%
Owned and fully paid off 54,2%
Owned but not yet paid off 9,6%
Occupied rent free 17,7%
Other 4,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 40%
Borehole 15,2%
Spring 11,5%
Rain water tank 2,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 3,4%
River/Stream 21,8%
Water vendor 1,4%
Water tanker 3,1%
Other 1,3%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 3%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 12%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 2,2%
Chemical toilet 7%
Pit toilet with ventilation 34,9%
Pit toilet without ventilation 35,4%
Bucket toilet 1,9%
Other 3,5%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 12,3%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,7%
Communal refuse dump 3%
Own refuse dump 72,3%
No rubbish disposal 9,8%
Other 1,9%
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34% Unemployment rate.

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Agriculture is the backbone of the economy of Ubuhlebezwe Municipality. Given the importance of agriculture in the municipality, there is a diversity of agricultural activities and therefore a diversity of agricultural issues and opportunities. Most of the land in the municipality is arable,thereforesuitable for agriculture. The main climatic constraints include low temperature and frost. Given that agriculture is the backbone of the economy of the municipality, a plan to develop a sustained agriculture industry is necessary.

Employment Status Number
Employed 12569
Unemployed 6483
Discouraged Work Seeker 4995
Not Economically Active 34304
Income Percentage
None income 16,6%
R1 - R4,800 6,9%
R4,801 - R9,600 11,3%
R9,601 - R19,600 25,6%
R19,601 - R38,200 21,9%
R38,201 - R76,4000 8,7%
R76,401 - R153,800 4,5%
R153,801 - R307,600 2,6%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,4%
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 4,811
Poultry production 7,363
Vegetable production 4,739
Production of other crops 1,970
Other 1,048

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 1,888
Animals only 5,394
Mixed farming 3,726
Other 137

**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 3,496
R1-R4 800 582
R4 801-R38 400 6,173
R38 401-R307 200 556
R307 201+ 90
Unspecified 247

Key Statistics 2011

Total population101,691
Young (0-14)37,4%
Working Age (15-64)57,4%
Elderly (65+)5,3%
Dependency ratio74,3%
Sex ratio86,8
Growth rate-0,03% (2001-2011)
Population density63 persons/km2
Unemployment rate34%
Youth unemployment rate42,1%
No schooling aged 20+15,9%
Higher education aged 20+4,3%
Matric aged 20+20%
Number of households23,487
Number of Agricultural households11,145
Average household size4,1
Female headed households57,2%
Formal dwellings30,3%
Housing owned/paying off63,8%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage12%
Weekly refuse removal12,3%
Piped water inside dwelling12,4%
Electricity for lighting53,9%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population101,959
Young (0-14)40,4%
Working Age (15-64)57,4%
Elderly (65+)5,5%
Dependency ratio84,6%
Sex ratio83,4
Growth rate5,22% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate61,6%
Youth unemployment rate69,1%
No schooling aged 20+29,4%
Higher education aged 20+3,6%
Matric aged 20+10,3%
Number of households21,421
Average household size4,4
Female headed households58,6%
Formal dwellings23,3%
Housing owned/paying off64%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage9,9%
Weekly refuse removal10,8%
Piped water inside dwelling9%
Electricity for lighting28,6%