Cape Agulhas

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According to Census 2011, Cape Agulhas Local Municipality has a total population of 33 038 people.

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Cape Agulhas Local Municipality is the southernmost local municipality in Africa.Its coastline is surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian oceans which meet at the most southern town in Africa, named L’Agulhas.  The geographical area consists of approximately 2 411 km².  The municipality falls within the municipal district of the Overberg.

The area includes a number of big rural areas, as well as the following towns: Bredasdorp, Napier, Waenhuiskrans/Arniston (which is probably the only town in South Africa with two acknowledged names),  Struisbaai, and L’Agulhas, which is the most southern town in Africa.  This legendary point of Africa is surrounded by both the warm Indian and the cold Atlantic oceans that meet at the most southern point.  The area also includes Suiderstrand and Elim, which is a historical Moravian missionary station and world heritage site.

(Source: www.capeagulhas.gov.za)

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Gariep , Eastern Cape 33,677 198
Tsolwana , Eastern Cape 33,281 199
Impendle , KwaZulu-Natal 33,105 200
Cape Agulhas , Western Cape 33,038 201
Tokologo , Free State 28,986 202
Umsobomvu , Northern Cape 28,376 203
Kannaland , Western Cape 24,767 204
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32,1% Female headed households.

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According to Census 2011, Cape Agulhas Local Municipality has a total population of 33 038 people, of whom 65,6% are coloured, 21,6% are whiteand 11,5% are black African, with the other population groups making up the remaining 1,3%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 9,1% have completed primary school, 35,7% have some secondary education, 22,5% have completed matric, and 13,0% have some form of higher education, while 3,6% have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African11,5%
Coloured65,6%
Indian/Asian0,3%
White21,6%
Other0,9%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,1% 4%
5-9 3,6% 3,7%
10-14 4,1% 3,9%
15-19 3,8% 4,3%
20-24 4,1% 4,1%
25-29 4,3% 4,2%
30-34 3,5% 3,1%
35-39 3,4% 3,4%
40-44 3,7% 3,8%
45-49 3,3% 3,3%
50-54 3% 3,1%
55-59 2,3% 2,4%
60-64 1,9% 2,4%
65-69 1,6% 1,8%
70-74 1,1% 1,4%
75-79 0,7% 0,8%
80-84 0,4% 0,6%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 83,3%
English 5,5%
IsiNdebele 0,2%
IsiXhosa 5,9%
IsiZulu 0,3%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,7%
Setswana 0,6%
Sign Language 0,3%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 1.7%
Not Applicable 1,3%
Group Percentage
Married 34,9%
Living together like married partners 8,6%
Never married 50%
Widower/Widow 4,3%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 1,8%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,6%
Some Primary 43%
Completed Primary 7,7%
Some Secondary 33,4%
Completed Secondary 9,5%
Higher Education 1,4%
Not Applicable 1,6%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,9%
Male 49,1%
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96,7% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are10 162 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,2 persons per household.

90,6% of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard. Only0,7% of households do not have access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 81,4%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 18,6%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 90% 10%
Computer 30,7% 69,3%
Television 88,1% 11,9%
Satellite Television 34,1% 65,9%
Radio 73,4% 26,6%
Landline / Telephone 31,3% 68,7%
Motor Car 47,4% 52,6%
Refrigerator 84,5% 15,5%
Electric / Gas-Stove 93,3% 6,7%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 88,1% 65,1% 96,7%
Gas 8,9% 2,5% 0,3%
Paraffin 0,4% 0,4% 0,2%
Solar 0,1% 0,5% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 2,3%
Wood 2,1% 10,2% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,2% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 21,1% 0,1%
Access Percentage
From Home 14,8%
From Cellphone 11,7%
From Work 3,9%
From Elsewhere 3,3%
No Access 66,3%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 22,9%
Owned and fully paid off 54,3%
Owned but not yet paid off 8,9%
Occupied rent free 11,5%
Other 2,4%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 90,6%
Borehole 1,7%
Spring 1%
Rain water tank 1,8%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 2,6%
River/Stream 0,5%
Water vendor 0,2%
Water tanker 0,9%
Other 0,7%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 5,6%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 72%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 18,4%
Chemical toilet 0,2%
Pit toilet with ventilation 0,3%
Pit toilet without ventilation 0,4%
Bucket toilet 1,5%
Other 1,6%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 80%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,4%
Communal refuse dump 2,4%
Own refuse dump 14,5%
No rubbish disposal 0,9%
Other 0,9%
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19,5% Youth unemployment rate.

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14 630 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these, 13,8% are unemployed.

Of the 6 646 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area, 19,5% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 12613
Unemployed 2017
Discouraged Work Seeker 1073
Not Economically Active 6642
Income Percentage
None income 9,6%
R1 - R4,800 1,3%
R4,801 - R9,600 2,5%
R9,601 - R19,600 12,7%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,8%
R38,201 - R76,4000 19,9%
R76,401 - R153,800 14,2%
R153,801 - R307,600 10,6%
R307,601 - R614,400 4,7%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 1,2%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 487
Poultry production 485
Vegetable production 466
Production of other crops 262
Other 326

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 440
Mixed farming 326
Other 75

**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 130
R1-R4 800 26
R4 801-R38 400 506
R38 401-R307 200 362
R307 201+ 80
Unspecified 63

Place names

Places in Cape Agulhas Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population33,038
Young (0-14)23,4%
Working Age (15-64)67,6%
Elderly (65+)8,9%
Dependency ratio47,9
Sex ratio96,6
Growth rate1,96% (2001-2011)
Population density10 persons/km2
Unemployment rate13,8%
Youth unemployment rate19,5%
No schooling aged 20+3,5%
Higher education aged 20+12,9%
Matric aged 20+22,4%
Number of households10,162
Number of Agricultural households1,167
Average household size3,2
Female headed households32,1%
Formal dwellings85,2%
Housing owned/paying off63,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage72%
Weekly refuse removal80%
Piped water inside dwelling81,8%
Electricity for lighting96,7%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population27,155
Young (0-14)27,8%
Working Age (15-64)67,6%
Elderly (65+)8,2%
Dependency ratio56,4%
Sex ratio94,5
Growth rate3,31% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate13,6%
Youth unemployment rate19,5%
No schooling aged 20+6,4%
Higher education aged 20+11,9%
Matric aged 20+19,7%
Number of households7,682
Average household size3,4
Female headed households28,3%
Formal dwellings91,3%
Housing owned/paying off63,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage69,4%
Weekly refuse removal81,4%
Piped water inside dwelling76,8%
Electricity for lighting90,5%