Emalahleni

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According to Census 2011, the Emalahleni Local Municipality has a total population of 119 460

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Emalahleni Local Municipality is a category B municipality situated within the Chris Hani District Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. It has 17 wards which service the three main towns, namely Lady Frere, where the main offices are, Indwe and Dordrecht; and surrounding villages of Lady Frere, as the other two towns have urban locations and farms.

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5,8% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, the Emalahleni Local Municipality has a total population of 119 460, of which 98,5% are black African, with the other population groups making up the remaining 1,5%. Of those 20 years and older, 6,7% have completed primary school, 29,9% have some secondary education, 11,0% have completed matric, and 3,8% have some form of higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African98,5%
Coloured0,6%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White0,6%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,1% 5,9%
5-9 6,3% 5,9%
10-14 5,7% 5,1%
15-19 6,5% 5,8%
20-24 4,1% 3,8%
25-29 2,8% 2,6%
30-34 2,1% 2,1%
35-39 2% 2,2%
40-44 1,6% 2,4%
45-49 1,6% 1,6%
50-54 1,9% 2,9%
55-59 1,7% 2,5%
60-64 1,6% 2,2%
65-69 1,1% 1,6%
70-74 1,2% 2%
75-79 0,6% 1,2%
80-84 0,4% 0,8%
85+ 0,3% 0,7%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 1,2%
English 1,4%
IsiNdebele 0,2%
IsiXhosa 93,8%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,4%
Setswana 0,1%
Sign Language 0,6%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.3%
Not Applicable 1,5%
Group Percentage
Married 20,2%
Living together like married partners 1,7%
Never married 70,5%
Widower/Widow 6,2%
Separated 0,8%
Divorced 0,5%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,7%
Some Primary 52,1%
Completed Primary 6,8%
Some Secondary 30%
Completed Secondary 5,2%
Higher Education 0,4%
Not Applicable 2,8%
Sex Percentage
Female 52,6%
Male 47,4%
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73,4% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 31 681 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,7 persons per household. 29,2% of households have access to piped water inside dwelling/institution or in their yard; most households (45,5%) access piped water on a community stand less than 200m from the dwelling. 7,4% of households do not have access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 19,3%
Tribal/Traditional 76,7%
Farm 4%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 78,8% 21,2%
Computer 2,8% 97,2%
Television 56,5% 43,5%
Satellite Television 8,3% 91,7%
Radio 57,8% 42,2%
Landline / Telephone 2,7% 97,3%
Motor Car 10,3% 89,7%
Refrigerator 48,6% 51,4%
Electric / Gas-Stove 67,7% 32,3%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 60,7% 21,2% 78,5%
Gas 3,2% 1,3% 0,3%
Paraffin 15,7% 29,7% 10,6%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 10,3%
Wood 18% 41,5% 0%
Coal 0,2% 1,5% 0%
Animal Dung 1,6% 1,7% 0%
Other 0,2% 0,1% 0%
None 0,2% 3,1% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 1,6%
From Cellphone 11,4%
From Work 0,9%
From Elsewhere 2,2%
No Access 83,8%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 4,7%
Owned and fully paid off 56,8%
Owned but not yet paid off 4,5%
Occupied rent free 27,9%
Other 6,1%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 56,9%
Borehole 9,6%
Spring 3,7%
Rain water tank 1,5%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 6,5%
River/Stream 12,6%
Water vendor 1,1%
Water tanker 5,3%
Other 2,8%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 31,6%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 11,8%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 1,4%
Chemical toilet 7,8%
Pit toilet with ventilation 18,9%
Pit toilet without ventilation 24,4%
Bucket toilet 0,9%
Other 3,2%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 8,3%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,5%
Communal refuse dump 1,7%
Own refuse dump 63,7%
No rubbish disposal 21,7%
Other 4,1%
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36%  Youth unemployment rate.

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46,3% of the 17 414 economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) people in the municipality are unemployed.

The majority (55,3%) of economically active youth (aged 15 – 34 years) are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 9344
Unemployed 8070
Discouraged Work Seeker 6861
Not Economically Active 41449
Income Percentage
None income 15,2%
R1 - R4,800 6,4%
R4,801 - R9,600 10,9%
R9,601 - R19,600 29,7%
R19,601 - R38,200 24,7%
R38,201 - R76,4000 7,2%
R76,401 - R153,800 3,1%
R153,801 - R307,600 1,7%
R307,601 - R614,400 0,7%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,1%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,1%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 12,163
Poultry production 7,791
Vegetable production 3,172
Production of other crops 1,847
Other 1,200

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 11,757
Mixed farming 2,907
Other 160

**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 4,637
R1-R4 800 691
R4 801-R38 400 10,151
R38 401-R307 200 611
R307 201+ 63
Unspecified 183

Place names

Places in Emalahleni Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population119,460
Young (0-14)35,1%
Working Age (15-64)55%
Elderly (65+)9,9%
Dependency ratio81,8
Sex ratio90,1
Growth rate-0,2% (2001-2011)
Population density35 persons/km2
Unemployment rate46,3%
Youth unemployment rate55,3%
No schooling aged 20+18,8%
Higher education aged 20+3,8%
Matric aged 20+11%
Number of households31,681
Number of Agricultural households16,335
Average household size3,7
Female headed households53,8%
Formal dwellings56,1%
Housing owned/paying off61,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage11,8%
Weekly refuse removal8,3%
Piped water inside dwelling8,7%
Electricity for lighting78,5%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population121,822
Young (0-14)40,4%
Working Age (15-64)55%
Elderly (65+)8,4%
Dependency ratio95,5%
Sex ratio85,8
Growth rate-1,4% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate68,3%
Youth unemployment rate79,1%
No schooling aged 20+41,5%
Higher education aged 20+4,5%
Matric aged 20+5,6%
Number of households27,280
Average household size4,4
Female headed households57,5%
Formal dwellings54,3%
Housing owned/paying off51,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage3,4%
Weekly refuse removal10,4%
Piped water inside dwelling2,9%
Electricity for lighting45%