Ba-Phalaborwa

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According to Census 2011, Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality has a total population of 150 637 people, of whom 93,0% are black African and 6,4% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 0,6%.

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Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality is a Category B municipality found in the Mopani District in the Limpopo province. It is situated in the north-eastern part of Mopani, less than 1 km from the Kruger National Park border. It includes the towns of Phalaborwa, Namakgale, Lulekani and Gravelotte, and is surrounded by the five Traditional Authorities of Makhushane, Majeje, Mashishimale, Maseke and Seloane. 95% of the population resides within a 15 km radius of Phalaborwa Town. It is 220 km from Polokwane and Nelspruit, and serves as a central gateway to the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park through the Giriyondoborder post. It is an entry and exit point to the Mozambican side of the Xai-Xai beaches. (www.localgovernment.co.za)

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14,6% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality has a total population of 150 637 people, of whom 93,0% are black African and 6,4% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 0,6%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 3,8% have completed primary school, 36,0% have some secondary education, 23,3% have completed matric, and 12,1% have some form of higher education, while 14,7% have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African93%
Coloured0,3%
Indian/Asian0,2%
White6,4%
Other0,1%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,5% 6,4%
5-9 5% 5,2%
10-14 5% 4,8%
15-19 4,7% 5%
20-24 5,4% 5,3%
25-29 4,5% 4,9%
30-34 3,6% 4%
35-39 3,1% 3,6%
40-44 2,6% 2,9%
45-49 2,1% 2,1%
50-54 1,8% 1,9%
55-59 1,6% 1,5%
60-64 1,1% 1,1%
65-69 0,6% 0,8%
70-74 0,4% 0,6%
75-79 0,2% 0,4%
80-84 0,1% 0,3%
85+ 0,1% 0,2%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 5%
English 1,9%
IsiNdebele 0,2%
IsiXhosa 0,3%
IsiZulu 1%
Sepedi 37,3%
Sesotho 2,8%
Setswana 0,3%
Sign Language 0,1%
SiSwati 0,8%
Tshivenda 0,7%
Xitsonga 46,6%
Other 0.7%
Not Applicable 2,3%
Group Percentage
Married 19,1%
Living together like married partners 11,1%
Never married 64,8%
Widower/Widow 3%
Separated 1,3%
Divorced 0,8%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,8%
Some Primary 45,1%
Completed Primary 5,9%
Some Secondary 34,2%
Completed Secondary 9,5%
Higher Education 1,5%
Not Applicable 1%
Sex Percentage
Female 51,5%
Male 48,5%
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90,8% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 41 115 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,6 persons per household.

82, 6% of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard. Only 3,0% of households do not have access to piped water.

 

Area Percentage
Urban 8,6%
Tribal/Traditional 84,9%
Farm 6,4%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 92,2% 7,8%
Computer 17,1% 82,9%
Television 73,1% 26,9%
Satellite Television 23,3% 76,7%
Radio 62,3% 37,7%
Landline / Telephone 6,9% 93,1%
Motor Car 25,8% 74,2%
Refrigerator 72,4% 27,6%
Electric / Gas-Stove 73,6% 26,4%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 67,6% 55,6% 90,8%
Gas 1,5% 0,6% 0,1%
Paraffin 1,6% 1,2% 0,4%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 8,2%
Wood 28,9% 20,8% 0%
Coal 0% 0% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 21,5% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 5%
From Cellphone 18%
From Work 2,8%
From Elsewhere 3,8%
No Access 70,3%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 16,4%
Owned and fully paid off 54,6%
Owned but not yet paid off 7%
Occupied rent free 21,1%
Other 0,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 89,2%
Borehole 4,7%
Spring 0%
Rain water tank 0,6%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1%
River/Stream 0,9%
Water vendor 0,7%
Water tanker 0,9%
Other 1,8%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 11,4%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 40,5%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 2,1%
Chemical toilet 1%
Pit toilet with ventilation 16,3%
Pit toilet without ventilation 26,3%
Bucket toilet 0,2%
Other 2,1%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 48,8%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,6%
Communal refuse dump 1,7%
Own refuse dump 43,4%
No rubbish disposal 4,7%
Other 0,8%
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50,2% Youth unemployment rate.

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54 241 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these, 37,4% are unemployed.

Of the 27 413 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area, 50,2% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 33959
Unemployed 20282
Discouraged Work Seeker 4087
Not Economically Active 36897
Income Percentage
None income 12,5%
R1 - R4,800 5,5%
R4,801 - R9,600 10,7%
R9,601 - R19,600 18,7%
R19,601 - R38,200 18,9%
R38,201 - R76,4000 11,9%
R76,401 - R153,800 10%
R153,801 - R307,600 7,1%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,7%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,8%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 2,337
Poultry production 3,126
Vegetable production 5,165
Production of other crops 2,702
Other 984

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 3,340
Mixed farming 1,340
Other 361

**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 3,082
R1-R4 800 483
R4 801-R38 400 4,862
R38 401-R307 200 1,948
R307 201+ 113
Unspecified 140

Place names

Places in Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population150,637
Young (0-14)32,9%
Working Age (15-64)63,2%
Elderly (65+)3,9%
Dependency ratio58,2
Sex ratio94,1
Growth rate1,36% (2001-2011)
Population density20 persons/km2
Unemployment rate37,4%
Youth unemployment rate50,2%
No schooling aged 20+14,6%
Higher education aged 20+12,1%
Matric aged 20+23,3%
Number of households41,115
Number of Agricultural households10,628
Average household size3,6
Female headed households39,5%
Formal dwellings96,4%
Housing owned/paying off61,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage40,5%
Weekly refuse removal48,8%
Piped water inside dwelling37,1%
Electricity for lighting90,8%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population131,536
Young (0-14)34,1%
Working Age (15-64)63,2%
Elderly (65+)2,7%
Dependency ratio58,2%
Sex ratio95,8
Growth rate3,62% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate40,2%
Youth unemployment rate54,8%
No schooling aged 20+28,7%
Higher education aged 20+8,2%
Matric aged 20+19,8%
Number of households31,046
Average household size3,8
Female headed households36,7%
Formal dwellings80,2%
Housing owned/paying off58,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage40,2%
Weekly refuse removal41,6%
Piped water inside dwelling29,5%
Electricity for lighting76,8%