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  • 6,388

  • 1,647

  • 8,6%

  • 66,7%

  • 76,6%

  • 89,3%

Colenso was named after Bishop John William Colenso (1814-1883), first Anglican bishop of Natal. Established in 1855, it was the scene of battle during the Second Anglo-Boer War where both sides fought over a strategically located railway bridge. (GPS coordinates: 28.7482 S, 29.831 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 population6,388
Young (0-14)34,3%
Working Age (15-64)61,2%
Elderly (65+)4,5%
Dependency ratio63,4
Sex ratio86
Population density654 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+7,2%
Higher education aged 20+8,6%
Matric aged 20+30,3%
Number of households1,647
Average household size3,7
Female headed households50,6%
Formal dwellings94,2%
Housing owned/paying off60,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage89,3%
Weekly refuse removal71,7%
Piped water inside dwelling66,7%
Electricity for lighting76,6%

Place names

Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality