Dikgatlong

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Estimated population of 46 841 – Census 2011.

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Dikgatlong Local Municipality is a Category B municipality in Frances Baard District Municipality in the Northern Cape.  It has seven wards.  The municipal areas are Barkly-West, Windsorton, Delportshoop and a portion of the former Diamantveld District Council.

The head office of the municipality is situated in the town of Barkly West that is approximately 35 km north-west of the city of Kimberley on the northern bank of the Vaal River.  Barkly West is situated on the Kimberley-Postmasburg growth corridor. The municipal area covers approximately 7 315 km² and borders with the Magareng Municipality in the north-east and Sol Plaatje in the south-east.  Agriculture and mining form the economic basis of the area.

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Tswelopele , Free State 47,625 178
Emakhazeni , Mpumalanga 47,216 179
Nama Khoi , Northern Cape 47,041 180
Dikgatlong , Northern Cape 46,841 181
Maletswai , Eastern Cape 43,800 182
Dipaleseng , Mpumalanga 42,390 183
Emthanjeni , Northern Cape 42,356 184
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17,7% of those aged 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, Dikgatlong Local Municipality has a population of 46 841, of whom 58,5% are black African, 28,5% are coloured, 3,6% are white, with other population groups making up the remaining 9,4%. Setswana is the most widely spoken language (24 549 people), followed by Afrikaans (18 250 people).

There are 97 males for every 100 females.  63,1% of the population is aged between 15 and 64 years, while 31,7% of the population is younger than 15 years.  In 2011, 20,3% of the population aged 20 years and older had attained matric.

Group Percentage
Black African58,5%
Coloured28,5%
Indian/Asian0,6%
White3,6%
Other8,9%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,7% 5,5%
5-9 5,3% 5,3%
10-14 5,1% 4,8%
15-19 4,6% 4,6%
20-24 4,6% 4,6%
25-29 4,3% 4,4%
30-34 3,8% 3,7%
35-39 3,2% 3,3%
40-44 2,9% 2,9%
45-49 2,3% 2,3%
50-54 2,3% 2,3%
55-59 1,7% 1,9%
60-64 1,4% 1,4%
65-69 0,9% 1,2%
70-74 0,5% 0,8%
75-79 0,4% 0,6%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,2% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 39%
English 2,1%
IsiNdebele 1%
IsiXhosa 1,1%
IsiZulu 0,8%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 1,7%
Setswana 52,4%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.5%
Not Applicable 0,6%
Group Percentage
Married 19,2%
Living together like married partners 11%
Never married 65,4%
Widower/Widow 3,2%
Separated 0,6%
Divorced 0,6%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 4,8%
Some Primary 46,1%
Completed Primary 7,1%
Some Secondary 29,8%
Completed Secondary 11,1%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 0,4%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,8%
Male 49,2%
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75,9% use electricity for lighting.

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According to Census 2011, Dikgatlong Local Municipality has a total of 11 967 households with an average size of 3,9 persons per household.  Households headed by females represent 35,4% of the population.  48% of the population in the district has no income.

Dikgatlong Local Municipality has only 47,1% of residents who own their housing, which is the lowest compared to other local municipalities in the district.  In addition, 78,5% of the dwellings are formal dwellings, and 60,0% of these have a flush toilet connected to a sewerage system.

75,9% of the households use electricity for lighting and 30,7% have piped water inside their dwelling, which is also a lower percentage than those of the other local municipalities in the district.  The dependency ratio is 58,5.

Area Percentage
Urban 88,1%
Tribal/Traditional 3,9%
Farm 8%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 76,2% 23,8%
Computer 9,4% 90,6%
Television 66,5% 33,5%
Satellite Television 14,6% 85,4%
Radio 58,6% 41,4%
Landline / Telephone 5,6% 94,4%
Motor Car 19,3% 80,7%
Refrigerator 58,1% 41,9%
Electric / Gas-Stove 73,3% 26,7%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 70% 55,9% 75,9%
Gas 6% 1,2% 0,4%
Paraffin 13,9% 3,6% 4,5%
Solar 0,2% 0,1% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 18,7%
Wood 9,4% 28,6% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,4% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,4% 10,2% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 3,2%
From Cellphone 20,2%
From Work 1,4%
From Elsewhere 1,3%
No Access 74%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 10,2%
Owned and fully paid off 44,9%
Owned but not yet paid off 2,2%
Occupied rent free 37,3%
Other 5,4%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 80,3%
Borehole 9,4%
Spring 0,2%
Rain water tank 0,1%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 2,5%
River/Stream 2,4%
Water vendor 1,3%
Water tanker 1,3%
Other 2,5%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 13,7%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 60%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 10%
Chemical toilet 0,2%
Pit toilet with ventilation 2,5%
Pit toilet without ventilation 10,6%
Bucket toilet 1,8%
Other 1,2%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 49,6%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 8,2%
Communal refuse dump 0,9%
Own refuse dump 27%
No rubbish disposal 11,8%
Other 2,5%
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39,7% youth unemployment rate.

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Livestock, irrigation farming and commercial mining drive the municipality’s economy. The unemployment rate in Dikgatlong is 39,7%, with the youth unemployment rate standing at 49,0%.

The main contributing factor to the low levels of employment in Dikgatlong is the high percentage (86,2%) of the labour force that has not obtained a Grade 12 Senior Certificate and/or higher qualification, resulting in a primarily unskilled labour force.

Employment Status Number
Employed 7841
Unemployed 5164
Discouraged Work Seeker 2041
Not Economically Active 14510
Income Percentage
None income 15,2%
R1 - R4,800 5,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 7,2%
R9,601 - R19,600 24,3%
R19,601 - R38,200 23,4%
R38,201 - R76,4000 12,7%
R76,401 - R153,800 6,6%
R153,801 - R307,600 3,4%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,5%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,3%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,1%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 833
Poultry production 1,401
Vegetable production 399
Production of other crops 507
Other 511

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 1,599
Mixed farming 280
Other 228

**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 636
R1-R4 800 60
R4 801-R38 400 1,458
R38 401-R307 200 355
R307 201+ 52
Unspecified 50

Place names

Places in Dikgatlong Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population46,841
Young (0-14)31,6%
Working Age (15-64)63,1%
Elderly (65+)5,3%
Dependency ratio58,5
Sex ratio97
Growth rate2,02% (2001-2011)
Population density6 persons/km2
Unemployment rate39,7%
Youth unemployment rate49%
No schooling aged 20+17,7%
Higher education aged 20+2,7%
Matric aged 20+20,3%
Number of households11,967
Number of Agricultural households2,611
Average household size3,7
Female headed households35,4%
Formal dwellings78,5%
Housing owned/paying off47,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage60%
Weekly refuse removal49,6%
Piped water inside dwelling30,7%
Electricity for lighting75,9%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population38,262
Young (0-14)31,7%
Working Age (15-64)63,1%
Elderly (65+)5%
Dependency ratio58,1%
Sex ratio97,3
Growth rate-0,65% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate45,3%
Youth unemployment rate54,8%
No schooling aged 20+25,4%
Higher education aged 20+3,6%
Matric aged 20+11,5%
Number of households10,224
Average household size3,6
Female headed households32,8%
Formal dwellings73,2%
Housing owned/paying off60,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage32,7%
Weekly refuse removal55,2%
Piped water inside dwelling24,3%
Electricity for lighting61,3%