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  • 463,109

  • 166,340

  • 7,5%

  • 36,1%

  • 81,9%

  • 84,7%

Tembisa is a township that was established in 1957 by the apartheid government. Its name comes from the Zulu word thembisa which means 'to promise' or 'give hope'. It is said that when black residents were evicted from other areas in Johannesburg to live in what was to be called Tembisa, they saw the area as a place that would give hope, as they were no longer homeless. (GPS coordinates: 26.0106 S, 28.2219 E).

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population463,109
Young (0-14)22,7%
Working Age (15-64)75,4%
Elderly (65+)2%
Dependency ratio32,7
Sex ratio117,1
Population density10820 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+3,7%
Higher education aged 20+7,5%
Matric aged 20+39,9%
Number of households166,340
Average household size2,6
Female headed households27,1%
Formal dwellings72,5%
Housing owned/paying off28%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage84,7%
Weekly refuse removal91,2%
Piped water inside dwelling36,1%
Electricity for lighting81,9%

Place names

Ekurhuleni Municipality