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  • 83,865

  • 24,340

  • 12,4%

  • 62%

  • 80,6%

  • 83%

Ermelo was proclaimed a town in 1880, and founded by Dutch Reformed Church Reverend Frans Lion Cachet. He named the town Ermelo after the town in the Netherlands, where he had been converted to Christianity. The town was destroyed by British forces in 1901 but rebuilt in 1903. (GPS coordinates: 26.5075 S, 29.9798 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.
  • Local municipality

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population83,865
Young (0-14)27,2%
Working Age (15-64)68,8%
Elderly (65+)3,9%
Dependency ratio45,2
Sex ratio99,3
Population density1767 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+7,9%
Higher education aged 20+12,4%
Matric aged 20+34,8%
Number of households24,340
Average household size3,2
Female headed households37,4%
Formal dwellings81,4%
Housing owned/paying off46,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage83%
Weekly refuse removal81,4%
Piped water inside dwelling62%
Electricity for lighting80,6%

Place names

Msukaligwa Municipality