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  • 36,365

  • 10,927

  • 18,4%

  • 63,8%

  • 95,3%

  • 84,3%

Namakgale is a Northern Sotho name which means 'meat of a long ago' or 'old meat' , in reference to a hill (located south of the Selati River) that contained a cave that was used to store meat as a precaution against attacks. (GPS coordinates: 23.9375 S, 31.0306 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 population36,365
Young (0-14)30,7%
Working Age (15-64)66,3%
Elderly (65+)3%
Dependency ratio50,8
Sex ratio95,6
Population density2804 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+6,2%
Higher education aged 20+18,4%
Matric aged 20+30,7%
Number of households10,927
Average household size3,3
Female headed households38,9%
Formal dwellings98,9%
Housing owned/paying off69,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage84,3%
Weekly refuse removal89,1%
Piped water inside dwelling63,8%
Electricity for lighting95,3%

Place names

Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality