Amahlathi

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Amahlati is an isiXhosa name that means “a place where many trees are grouped together, a forest”.

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Amahlathi Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Amatole District of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Amahlati is an isiXhosa name that means “a place where many trees are grouped together, a forest”.  Forests are a key feature of the area.
Source: (www.amahlathi.gov.za).

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10% have no form of schooling

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According to the 2011 Census, Amahlathi Local Municipality has a total population of 122,778. Of the people in the municipality, 96,5% are black African, 1,2% are coloured, with the other population groups making up the remaining 2,3%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 9,4% have completed primary school,  37,7% have some secondary education,  13,6% have completed matric and 4,7% have some form of higher education. Of the mentioned age group, 10% have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African96,5%
Coloured1,2%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White2%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,9% 5,7%
5-9 5,2% 5,2%
10-14 4,8% 4,5%
15-19 5,6% 5,2%
20-24 4,4% 3,8%
25-29 3,3% 3,1%
30-34 2,6% 2,7%
35-39 2,4% 2,7%
40-44 2,3% 3%
45-49 2,3% 2,3%
50-54 2,2% 3,2%
55-59 2% 2,6%
60-64 1,6% 1,9%
65-69 1,1% 1,6%
70-74 1% 1,6%
75-79 0,5% 0,9%
80-84 0,3% 0,7%
85+ 0,2% 0,7%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 1,9%
English 2,9%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 92,2%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,3%
Setswana 0,1%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.2%
Not Applicable 1,2%
Group Percentage
Married 20,2%
Living together like married partners 3,2%
Never married 68,9%
Widower/Widow 6,1%
Separated 1%
Divorced 0,6%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2%
Some Primary 48,6%
Completed Primary 7,1%
Some Secondary 33,5%
Completed Secondary 6,2%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 2,1%
Sex Percentage
Female 52,2%
Male 47,8%
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82,4% have access to electricity

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There are 34 159 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,5 persons per household. Females head 48,8% of the households.

Of the households, 82,4% have access to electricity. Only 15,6% of households have access to piped water inside the dwelling.

Area Percentage
Urban 34,9%
Tribal/Traditional 59,5%
Farm 5,6%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 79,2% 20,8%
Computer 5% 95%
Television 66,1% 33,9%
Satellite Television 8,4% 91,6%
Radio 65,4% 34,6%
Landline / Telephone 4,3% 95,7%
Motor Car 11,9% 88,1%
Refrigerator 55% 45%
Electric / Gas-Stove 73% 27%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 67,1% 16,5% 82,4%
Gas 2,4% 1,2% 0,1%
Paraffin 11,6% 30,9% 11,5%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 5,6%
Wood 17,7% 38,4% 0%
Coal 0,1% 1,8% 0%
Animal Dung 0,7% 0,3% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 10,9% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 2%
From Cellphone 10,4%
From Work 1,4%
From Elsewhere 2,6%
No Access 83,6%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 7,4%
Owned and fully paid off 66,7%
Owned but not yet paid off 4,5%
Occupied rent free 18,1%
Other 3,4%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 71,1%
Borehole 2,9%
Spring 0,9%
Rain water tank 7,5%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 2,8%
River/Stream 11,5%
Water vendor 0,6%
Water tanker 1,5%
Other 1,2%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 8,5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 18,7%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3,4%
Chemical toilet 1,3%
Pit toilet with ventilation 19,3%
Pit toilet without ventilation 45,2%
Bucket toilet 0,3%
Other 3,3%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 20,5%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,3%
Communal refuse dump 1,1%
Own refuse dump 71,9%
No rubbish disposal 5,5%
Other 0,8%
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36,1% Unemployment rate

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There are 27 051 people that are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these, 36,1% are unemployed.

Of the 11 948 economically active youth (15–34 years) in the area, 47,1% are unemployed

Employment Status Number
Employed 17298
Unemployed 9753
Discouraged Work Seeker 8729
Not Economically Active 37954
Income Percentage
None income 14,3%
R1 - R4,800 6,1%
R4,801 - R9,600 9,4%
R9,601 - R19,600 27,6%
R19,601 - R38,200 25,2%
R38,201 - R76,4000 9%
R76,401 - R153,800 4,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 2,5%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,1%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,2%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,1%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 9,871
Poultry production 7,839
Vegetable production 5,669
Production of other crops 1,524
Other 1,051

**An agricultural household may engage in more than one agricultural activity

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 2,199
Animals only 8,914
Mixed farming 4,254
Other 213

**An agricultural household may not fall under more than one agricultural activity

Income category of agricultural households
Annual income category of agricultural household heads Number
No income 4,140
R1-R4 800 488
R4 801-R38 400 9,687
R38 401-R307 200 995
R307 201+ 94
Unspecified 178

Key Statistics 2011

Total population122,778
Young (0-14)31,3%
Working Age (15-64)60,1%
Elderly (65+)8,6%
Dependency ratio66,5
Sex ratio91,4
Population growth rate-1,16% (2001-2011)
Population density25 persons/km2
Unemployment rate36,1%
Youth unemployment rate47,1%
No schooling aged 20+10%
Higher education aged 20+4,7%
Matric aged 20+13,6%
Number of households34,159
Number of Agricultural households15,581
Average household size3,5
Female headed households48,8%
Formal dwellings58,6%
Housing owned/paying off71,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage18,7%
Weekly refuse removal20,5%
Piped water inside dwelling15,6%
Electricity for lighting82,4%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population137,904
Young (0-14)34,3%
Working Age (15-64)60,1%
Elderly (65+)7,8%
Dependency ratio72,6
Sex ratio90
Population growth rate0,21% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate61,2%
Youth unemployment rate73,4%
No schooling aged 20+20,3%
Higher education aged 20+4,2%
Matric aged 20+9,6%
Number of households34,077
Average household size4
Female headed households48,8%
Formal dwellings40,2%
Housing owned/paying off49,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage15,8%
Weekly refuse removal16,6%
Piped water inside dwelling8,4%
Electricity for lighting67,2%