Vulamehlo

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According to Census 2011, Vulamehlo Local Municipality has a total population of 77 403 people, of whom 98,9% are black African, with the other population groups making up the remaining 1,1%.

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The Vulamehlo Local Municipality forms part of the  Ugu District Municipality. It is located south of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and is bordered by Umdoni Local Municipality to the east, Mkhambathini and Richmond local municipalities to the north, and Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality to the west. The municipal area is predominantly tribal with common tribal land patterns.

There are, however, also a few scattered pockets of privately owned land throughout the municipal area. The dispersed, low-density settlement pattern makes the provision of physical and social infrastructure (roads, water, electricity, clinics, schools, and police stations) difficult and the cost of installation, maintaining and operating the infrastructure very high. The Vulamehlo Local Municipality is one of the localities within the Ugu District that are hardest hit by high unemployment levels, poverty, and a negative economic growth rate.

(Source: www.kzncogta.gov.za)

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24,2% of those aged 20+ have had no form of schooling.

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Of those aged 20 years and older, 4,8% have completed primary school, 27,0% have some secondary education, 20,9% have completed matric, and 2,3%have some form of higher education, while 24,2% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African98,9%
Coloured0,2%
Indian/Asian0,5%
White0,3%
Other0,1%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,7% 6,6%
5-9 5,9% 5,8%
10-14 6,1% 5,6%
15-19 6,1% 6,1%
20-24 4,6% 4,8%
25-29 3,2% 3,8%
30-34 2,3% 2,8%
35-39 2,1% 2,5%
40-44 1,6% 2,4%
45-49 1,7% 1,7%
50-54 1,6% 2,4%
55-59 1,3% 1,9%
60-64 1,3% 1,7%
65-69 0,8% 1,3%
70-74 0,5% 1,1%
75-79 0,3% 0,8%
80-84 0,2% 0,7%
85+ 0,1% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,4%
English 1,6%
IsiNdebele 1,3%
IsiXhosa 0,8%
IsiZulu 93,9%
Sepedi 0,3%
Sesotho 0,1%
Setswana 0,5%
Sign Language 0,3%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.1%
Not Applicable 0,7%
Group Percentage
Married 18,5%
Living together like married partners 2,2%
Never married 75,9%
Widower/Widow 2,6%
Separated 0,7%
Divorced 0,1%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,7%
Some Primary 44,8%
Completed Primary 6,5%
Some Secondary 32,1%
Completed Secondary 11,9%
Higher Education 0,5%
Not Applicable 0,5%
Sex Percentage
Female 53,4%
Male 46,6%
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36,9% Household access to electricity for lighting.

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There were 16 135 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 4,7 persons per household. 5,6% of households have access to piped water inside their dwelling. 36,9% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

Area Percentage
Urban 0%
Tribal/Traditional 90,3%
Farm 9,7%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 73,5% 26,5%
Computer 3,4% 96,6%
Television 37,5% 62,5%
Satellite Television 6,2% 93,8%
Radio 54,6% 45,4%
Landline / Telephone 3,5% 96,5%
Motor Car 9,6% 90,4%
Refrigerator 31,9% 68,1%
Electric / Gas-Stove 34,4% 65,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 25,1% 19,2% 36,9%
Gas 4,6% 2% 0,7%
Paraffin 6,6% 2,4% 1,5%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,4%
Candles 0% 0% 59,2%
Wood 62,6% 58,2% 0%
Coal 0,4% 3,4% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,4% 14,4% 1,4%
Access Percentage
From Home 1,6%
From Cellphone 14,4%
From Work 1,3%
From Elsewhere 4,1%
No Access 78,7%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 4,2%
Owned and fully paid off 49,9%
Owned but not yet paid off 13,5%
Occupied rent free 27,4%
Other 4,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 41,3%
Borehole 6,5%
Spring 4,8%
Rain water tank 2,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 3,6%
River/Stream 30,2%
Water vendor 1,3%
Water tanker 7,8%
Other 2,3%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 4,3%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 2,8%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 2%
Chemical toilet 17,7%
Pit toilet with ventilation 27,4%
Pit toilet without ventilation 38,1%
Bucket toilet 3,2%
Other 4,4%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 1,7%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1%
Communal refuse dump 2,8%
Own refuse dump 80,4%
No rubbish disposal 12,6%
Other 1,5%
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52,6% Unemployment rate.

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12 445 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these,52,6% were unemployed.

Of the 7 134 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area, 62,8% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 5894
Unemployed 6551
Discouraged Work Seeker 5165
Not Economically Active 26447
Income Percentage
None income 13,7%
R1 - R4,800 5,9%
R4,801 - R9,600 10,4%
R9,601 - R19,600 29,6%
R19,601 - R38,200 25,1%
R38,201 - R76,4000 9,5%
R76,401 - R153,800 3,2%
R153,801 - R307,600 1,6%
R307,601 - R614,400 0,8%
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 4,202
Poultry production 4,128
Vegetable production 2,557
Production of other crops 1,339
Other 725

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 1,619
Animals only 4,625
Mixed farming 1,806
Other 162

**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 2,124
R1-R4 800 350
R4 801-R38 400 5,103
R38 401-R307 200 314
R307 201+ 36
Unspecified 285

Key Statistics 2011

Total population77,403
Young (0-14)36,9%
Working Age (15-64)56,9%
Elderly (65+)6,2%
Dependency ratio75,7
Sex ratio87,2
Growth rate-0,69% (2001-2011)
Population density81 persons/km2
Unemployment rate52,6%
Youth unemployment rate62,8%
No schooling aged 20+24,2%
Higher education aged 20+2,3%
Matric aged 20+20,8%
Number of households16,135
Number of Agricultural households8,211
Average household size4,7
Female headed households55,3%
Formal dwellings30,5%
Housing owned/paying off63,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage2,8%
Weekly refuse removal1,7%
Piped water inside dwelling5,6%
Electricity for lighting36,9%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population82,961
Young (0-14)39,8%
Working Age (15-64)56,9%
Elderly (65+)5,8%
Dependency ratio83,7%
Sex ratio83,5
Growth rate-3,66% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate66,1%
Youth unemployment rate74,6%
No schooling aged 20+37%
Higher education aged 20+2%
Matric aged 20+10,3%
Number of households15,794
Average household size4,9
Female headed households54,9%
Formal dwellings30,3%
Housing owned/paying off59,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage6%
Weekly refuse removal3,9%
Piped water inside dwelling2,2%
Electricity for lighting23,7%