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  • 58,672

  • 15,633

  • 41,5%

  • 90,2%

  • 97,6%

  • 89,8%

Mbombela was proclaimed in 1905. On the banks of the Crocodile River, the town was originally known as Nelspruit, named after three Nel brothers in 1891 who let their cattle graze there. The town's name was changed to Mbombela in 2009. Mobombla is SiSwati and means 'a lot of people in a small space'. (GPS coordinates: 25.4849 S, 30.9765 E).

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

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population58,672
Young (0-14)22,5%
Working Age (15-64)71,4%
Elderly (65+)6,1%
Dependency ratio40,1
Sex ratio93,4
Population density808 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2,4%
Higher education aged 20+41,5%
Matric aged 20+36,4%
Number of households15,633
Average household size3,5
Female headed households31,8%
Formal dwellings92,3%
Housing owned/paying off50,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage89,8%
Weekly refuse removal89,6%
Piped water inside dwelling90,2%
Electricity for lighting97,6%

Place names

Mbombela Municipality