uMngeni

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uMngeni Local Municipality has a population of about 92 710

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uMngeni Municipality pursues the creation of an enabling environment for investment opportunities, and the marketing of the municipality to domestic and international investors. A significant percentage of the high-potential agricultural land in the Midlands Meander falls within uMngeni Municipality. This provides an opportunity for agricultural sector growth.

The forestry industry will be transformed through the establishment of community private partnerships. Small scale forestry opportunities will be created. The municipality seeks to build on the already successful tourism industry by promoting job creation in tourism, a safe and secure environment, and marketing the area as tourism destination (uMgungundlovu District Municipality IDP 2012/13).

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6,3% had no form of schooling.

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uMngeni Local Municipality has a population of about 92 710, Black Africans constitute 75%, which is the vast majority of the population in the district. The white population constitutes 19,4%, while there is a smaller proportion of Indian people (3,8%) and, to a lesser extent, coloured people (1,5%).

Group Percentage
Black African75%
Coloured1,5%
Indian/Asian3,8%
White19,4%
Other0,3%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,5% 4,2%
5-9 4% 3,9%
10-14 4% 3,9%
15-19 4,9% 4,5%
20-24 5,1% 4,9%
25-29 5,1% 5%
30-34 4,1% 4,1%
35-39 3,8% 3,8%
40-44 2,9% 3,2%
45-49 2,1% 2,1%
50-54 1,8% 2,3%
55-59 1,6% 2,1%
60-64 1,3% 2%
65-69 1% 1,4%
70-74 0,9% 1,3%
75-79 0,6% 1%
80-84 0,4% 0,7%
85+ 0,3% 0,6%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 2%
English 24,5%
IsiNdebele 0,8%
IsiXhosa 1,4%
IsiZulu 61,9%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 3,6%
Setswana 0,3%
Sign Language 0,6%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.8%
Not Applicable 3,7%
Group Percentage
Married 24,5%
Living together like married partners 5,8%
Never married 64,2%
Widower/Widow 3,8%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 1,2%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,6%
Some Primary 38,2%
Completed Primary 5,7%
Some Secondary 29,6%
Completed Secondary 15,5%
Higher Education 2,2%
Not Applicable 6,3%
Sex Percentage
Female 51,6%
Male 48,4%
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85,5% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 30 490 households in Umgungundlovu Municipality, with an average of 2,8 persons per household. Almost 43% of households are headed by females. 85% of households reside in formal dwellings. Ninety-five percent have access to piped water from either inside the dwelling, inside the yard, or water on a community stand.

uMngeni Local Municipality shows the highest proportion of the population who has access to proper sanitation, with 54,8% of households having access to a flush toilet connected to sewerage. There is relatively high access to electricity, with 85,5% of households using electricity for lighting. The total unemployment rate is 23,9%.

Area Percentage
Urban 76,7%
Tribal/Traditional 7,1%
Farm 16,2%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 88,2% 11,8%
Computer 27,2% 72,8%
Television 71,3% 28,7%
Satellite Television 34% 66%
Radio 70,8% 29,2%
Landline / Telephone 26,8% 73,2%
Motor Car 37% 63%
Refrigerator 66,4% 33,6%
Electric / Gas-Stove 78,4% 21,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 76,1% 66,6% 85,5%
Gas 8,1% 4,4% 0,2%
Paraffin 7,4% 3,1% 2,6%
Solar 0,1% 0,3% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 11,2%
Wood 7,8% 18,1% 0%
Coal 0,2% 0,3% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 7,2% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 15,8%
From Cellphone 14,1%
From Work 4,8%
From Elsewhere 5,1%
No Access 60,2%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 23,6%
Owned and fully paid off 36,3%
Owned but not yet paid off 10,1%
Occupied rent free 24,3%
Other 5,7%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 68,7%
Borehole 12,6%
Spring 2%
Rain water tank 1%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 5%
River/Stream 3,7%
Water vendor 0,5%
Water tanker 5,2%
Other 1,5%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 1,6%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 54,8%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 19,6%
Chemical toilet 0,7%
Pit toilet with ventilation 3%
Pit toilet without ventilation 16,7%
Bucket toilet 0,9%
Other 2,6%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 67,9%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 2%
Communal refuse dump 2,4%
Own refuse dump 23,2%
No rubbish disposal 3,2%
Other 1,3%
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23,9% unemployment rate.

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uMngeni  has an overall unemployment rate is 23,9%.

Employment Status Number
Employed 30844
Unemployed 9711
Discouraged Work Seeker 2930
Not Economically Active 18982
Income Percentage
None income 12,8%
R1 - R4,800 3%
R4,801 - R9,600 5%
R9,601 - R19,600 18,3%
R19,601 - R38,200 20,4%
R38,201 - R76,4000 13,4%
R76,401 - R153,800 10,2%
R153,801 - R307,600 7,8%
R307,601 - R614,400 5,8%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 2,4%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,6%
R2,457,601+ 0,3%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 1,602
Poultry production 1,943
Vegetable production 4,463
Production of other crops 1,167
Other 1,852

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 3,482
Animals only 1,363
Mixed farming 1,443
Other 479

**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 1,398
R1-R4 800 167
R4 801-R38 400 3,092
R38 401-R307 200 1,504
R307 201+ 431
Unspecified 175

Key Statistics 2011

Total population92,710
Young (0-14)24,3%
Working Age (15-64)67,4%
Elderly (65+)8,3%
Dependency ratio48,4
Sex ratio93,7
Growth rate2,27% (2001-2011)
Population density59 persons/km2
Unemployment rate23,9%
Youth unemployment rate32%
No schooling aged 20+6,3%
Higher education aged 20+15,5%
Matric aged 20+29%
Number of households30,490
Number of Agricultural households6,767
Average household size2,8
Female headed households42,7%
Formal dwellings85,4%
Housing owned/paying off46,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage54,8%
Weekly refuse removal67,9%
Piped water inside dwelling67,5%
Electricity for lighting85,5%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population73,896
Young (0-14)26,6%
Working Age (15-64)67,4%
Elderly (65+)6,8%
Dependency ratio50,2%
Sex ratio97,6
Growth rate1,16% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate34,2%
Youth unemployment rate45,6%
No schooling aged 20+15,5%
Higher education aged 20+12,4%
Matric aged 20+22%
Number of households20,486
Average household size3,2
Female headed households39,3%
Formal dwellings79,7%
Housing owned/paying off48,8%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage46,8%
Weekly refuse removal52,5%
Piped water inside dwelling46%
Electricity for lighting73%