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Quick Fact
  • 43,103

  • 13,258

  • 2,9%

  • 41,4%

  • 81,7%

  • 81,5%

Thembalethu is a Xhosa word meaning 'our hope'. The township was originally named Tyolorha. (GPS coordinates: 34.006 S, 22.4877 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 population43,103
Young (0-14)30,2%
Working Age (15-64)68%
Elderly (65+)1,8%
Dependency ratio47,1
Sex ratio101,4
Population density6638 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+5,4%
Higher education aged 20+2,9%
Matric aged 20+25,7%
Number of households13,258
Average household size3,1
Female headed households33,6%
Formal dwellings63%
Housing owned/paying off34,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage81,5%
Weekly refuse removal92,1%
Piped water inside dwelling41,4%
Electricity for lighting81,7%

Place names

George Municipality