Dihlabeng

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Dihlabeng Municipality household populated 128 704.

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The Dihlabeng Local Municipality is situated within the boundaries of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality in the eastern Free State.The geographical area consists of the towns Bethlehem, Clarens, Fouriesburg, Paul Roux and Rosendal. The principal economic activities within the municipality are dominated by farming (29,4%) and private businesses (17,2%). At approximately 15% and 11% respectively, social services and trade operations are also relatively high economic activities. It has arguably some of the best tourism centres and facilities in the eastern Free State.

Cities/Towns: Bethlehem, Clarens, Fouriesburg, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Paul Roux, Rosendal

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Dihlabeng , Free State 128,704 84
Uphongolo , KwaZulu-Natal 127,238 85
Nkonkobe , Eastern Cape 127,115 86
Tswaing , North West 124,218 87
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8,9% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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The Dihlabeng Local Municipality community comprises of approximately 128 704 individuals and 38 593 households. According to Census 2011, the population has decreased since 2001. The total population of Dihlabeng is approximately 17% of the Thabo Mofutsanyane District Municipality.

Group Percentage
Black African87,4%
Coloured1,5%
Indian/Asian0,5%
White10,4%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,2% 5,5%
5-9 4,8% 4,8%
10-14 4,7% 4,4%
15-19 4,3% 4,4%
20-24 4,7% 4,7%
25-29 4,7% 4,8%
30-34 3,9% 4,2%
35-39 3,3% 3,6%
40-44 2,8% 3,2%
45-49 2,3% 2,3%
50-54 2% 2,5%
55-59 1,6% 2,1%
60-64 1,2% 1,8%
65-69 0,8% 1,1%
70-74 0,5% 0,9%
75-79 0,3% 0,7%
80-84 0,2% 0,4%
85+ 0,1% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 11,6%
English 2,4%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 0,5%
IsiZulu 4,7%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 75,5%
Setswana 0,4%
Sign Language 1,4%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.4%
Not Applicable 2,6%
Group Percentage
Married 24,7%
Living together like married partners 8%
Never married 59,3%
Widower/Widow 5,4%
Separated 1,4%
Divorced 1,2%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,2%
Some Primary 44,3%
Completed Primary 6,3%
Some Secondary 32%
Completed Secondary 11,1%
Higher Education 1,4%
Not Applicable 1,7%
Sex Percentage
Female 52,5%
Male 47,5%
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84,8% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 38 593 households (Census 2011).Dihlabeng Local Municipality has an average household size of 3,3 persons per household. In the municipality, 56% of households do not have access to piped water inside the dwelling unit, 26% are without access to flush toilets.

Area Percentage
Urban 82,6%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 17,4%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 87,9% 12,1%
Computer 18,7% 81,3%
Television 75,6% 24,4%
Satellite Television 30,6% 69,4%
Radio 79,2% 20,8%
Landline / Telephone 11,6% 88,4%
Motor Car 26,6% 73,4%
Refrigerator 71,4% 28,6%
Electric / Gas-Stove 78,5% 21,5%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 75% 50,8% 84,8%
Gas 4,6% 4,7% 0,1%
Paraffin 7% 15,5% 1,3%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 13,4%
Wood 11,4% 19% 0%
Coal 1,3% 5,3% 0%
Animal Dung 0,2% 0,3% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 4,4% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 7,2%
From Cellphone 17,3%
From Work 3,6%
From Elsewhere 4,8%
No Access 67,1%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 30,3%
Owned and fully paid off 36,9%
Owned but not yet paid off 10,5%
Occupied rent free 20,4%
Other 1,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 86,2%
Borehole 7,9%
Spring 1,5%
Rain water tank 0,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,5%
River/Stream 0,2%
Water vendor 0,5%
Water tanker 2,5%
Other 0,6%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 2,1%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 74,2%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3%
Chemical toilet 0,2%
Pit toilet with ventilation 7,2%
Pit toilet without ventilation 10,4%
Bucket toilet 2%
Other 0,8%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 80,2%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1%
Communal refuse dump 2,7%
Own refuse dump 12,9%
No rubbish disposal 2,8%
Other 0,4%
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38,9% Youth unemployment rate.

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The economic activities within the municipality are dominated by farming and private businesses. Social services and trade operations are also relatively high economic activities. The significance of the Lesotho Highlands Water and the Bethlehem Hydro Electricity projects are also relevant in this regard. Upmarket residential, business and tourism development on a large scale is currently taking place in the region.

The agricultural sector of the Dihlabeng region is extremely prominent. The population is employed predominantly in the agricultural sector.

Employment Status Number
Employed 33843
Unemployed 13653
Discouraged Work Seeker 4889
Not Economically Active 31467
Income Percentage
None income 6,3%
R1 - R4,800 4,9%
R4,801 - R9,600 8%
R9,601 - R19,600 22,1%
R19,601 - R38,200 24,5%
R38,201 - R76,4000 14,1%
R76,401 - R153,800 8,9%
R153,801 - R307,600 6,4%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,6%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,9%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 3,159
Poultry production 2,825
Vegetable production 6,747
Production of other crops 2,276
Other 1,245

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 2,989
Mixed farming 1,789
Other 290

**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 1,794
R1-R4 800 823
R4 801-R38 400 6,559
R38 401-R307 200 1,563
R307 201+ 239
Unspecified 113

Place names

Places in Dihlabeng Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population128,704
Young (0-14)29,4%
Working Age (15-64)65,2%
Elderly (65+)5,4%
Dependency ratio53,5
Sex ratio90,5
Growth rate-0,05% (2001-2011)
Population density26 persons/km2
Unemployment rate28,7%
Youth unemployment rate38,9%
No schooling aged 20+8,9%
Higher education aged 20+10,6%
Matric aged 20+26,3%
Number of households38,593
Number of Agricultural households11,089
Average household size3,2
Female headed households41,1%
Formal dwellings76,7%
Housing owned/paying off47,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage74,2%
Weekly refuse removal80,2%
Piped water inside dwelling43,8%
Electricity for lighting84,8%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population129,338
Young (0-14)31,2%
Working Age (15-64)65,2%
Elderly (65+)5%
Dependency ratio56,8%
Sex ratio88
Growth rate3,64% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate39,7%
Youth unemployment rate51,2%
No schooling aged 20+19,1%
Higher education aged 20+6,2%
Matric aged 20+18,8%
Number of households33,116
Average household size3,8
Female headed households39,1%
Formal dwellings63,3%
Housing owned/paying off46,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage54,7%
Weekly refuse removal62,8%
Piped water inside dwelling25,4%
Electricity for lighting67%