Emthanjeni

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The sex ratio is 95,8 males per 100 females.

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Emthanjeni Local Municipality is a category B municipality consisting of three towns: De Aar, Britstown and Hanover. Emthanjeni, and especially De Aar, is renowned for its central location on the main railway line between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Namibia. It is situated in the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality and is the seat of this district.

Its location is approximately 300 km south-west of Kimberley, 440 km south-east of Upington, 300 km north-east of Beaufort-West and 300 km south-west of Bloemfontein. The land area comprises 11% of the district land area and 3% of the province. It represents approximately 23% of the district population.

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11% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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It has the highest population proportion in the district, with an average household size of 4,1 persons per household. Housing owned/paid off stands at 60,3%, and 39,4% of households are headed by females.

Xhosa and Afrikaans are the most spoken languages.

Of the population, 14 209 people have primary education, 3 099 have no education, 1 1519 have some secondary education, 6 924 completed matric and 1 166 have higher qualifications.

Group Percentage
Black African33,2%
Coloured57,7%
Indian/Asian0,6%
White8%
Other0,6%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,6% 5,3%
5-9 5,4% 5,4%
10-14 5,1% 5%
15-19 4,8% 4,7%
20-24 4,2% 4,2%
25-29 4% 4%
30-34 3,5% 3,3%
35-39 3,1% 2,9%
40-44 2,8% 3,1%
45-49 2,5% 2,5%
50-54 2,3% 2,6%
55-59 1,9% 2,3%
60-64 1,4% 1,9%
65-69 1,1% 1,3%
70-74 0,6% 1%
75-79 0,4% 0,6%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,1% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 68,9%
English 2,3%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 23,4%
IsiZulu 0,3%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,8%
Setswana 0,7%
Sign Language 0,6%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.6%
Not Applicable 1,9%
Group Percentage
Married 21,5%
Living together like married partners 7,5%
Never married 65,2%
Widower/Widow 4,1%
Separated 0,6%
Divorced 1,1%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,9%
Some Primary 47,5%
Completed Primary 6,8%
Some Secondary 29,4%
Completed Secondary 10,9%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 1,9%
Sex Percentage
Female 51,1%
Male 48,9%
Quick Fact

92,6% Use electricity for lighting.

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Unemployment stands at 28,0%, with youth unemployment at 37,2%. There are 16 212 with no income and those that earn an income range from R400–R204 801, with the majority earning between R1 601–R3 200. The formal sector employs 6 660 people, 1 832 are employed in the informal sector, while 1 238 are employed in private households.

Area Percentage
Urban 93,8%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 6,2%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 77,5% 22,5%
Computer 17,9% 82,1%
Television 78,1% 21,9%
Satellite Television 29,1% 70,9%
Radio 66,6% 33,4%
Landline / Telephone 13,7% 86,3%
Motor Car 28,4% 71,6%
Refrigerator 72,5% 27,5%
Electric / Gas-Stove 85,9% 14,1%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 87,1% 66,2% 92,6%
Gas 4% 2,5% 0,2%
Paraffin 2,3% 9,8% 0,5%
Solar 0,1% 0,4% 0,6%
Candles 0% 0% 5,8%
Wood 5,8% 10,8% 0%
Coal 0,2% 3,8% 0%
Animal Dung 0,2% 0,4% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 6,1% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 5,5%
From Cellphone 11,1%
From Work 3,7%
From Elsewhere 0,9%
No Access 78,7%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 20,7%
Owned and fully paid off 46,5%
Owned but not yet paid off 13,8%
Occupied rent free 15,6%
Other 3,4%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 87,9%
Borehole 10,3%
Spring 0,1%
Rain water tank 0,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,3%
River/Stream 0%
Water vendor 0,3%
Water tanker 0,5%
Other 0,3%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 3,2%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 79,6%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 5,5%
Chemical toilet 0,2%
Pit toilet with ventilation 3,2%
Pit toilet without ventilation 1,4%
Bucket toilet 6%
Other 0,9%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 83,3%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 2,1%
Communal refuse dump 0,9%
Own refuse dump 10%
No rubbish disposal 1,3%
Other 2,4%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 83,3%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 2,1%
Communal refuse dump 0,9%
Own refuse dump 10%
No rubbish disposal 1,3%
Other 2,4%
Quick Fact

37,2% Youth unemployment rate.

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Of the population, 9 866 are employed, 3 833 are unemployed, 1 203 are classified as discouraged work seekers, and 11 561 are not economically active. However, employment has increased as there are a number of developments in the district e.g. the building of the new hospital and the solar programme.

Employment Status Number
Employed 9866
Unemployed 3833
Discouraged Work Seeker 1203
Not Economically Active 11561
Income Percentage
None income 8,8%
R1 - R4,800 3,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 4,8%
R9,601 - R19,600 18,1%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,5%
R38,201 - R76,4000 16,8%
R76,401 - R153,800 12,1%
R153,801 - R307,600 9%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,5%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,7%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 438
Poultry production 429
Vegetable production 309
Production of other crops 370
Other 274

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 568
Mixed farming 170
Other 129

**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 210
R1-R4 800 27
R4 801-R38 400 642
R38 401-R307 200 346
R307 201+ 56
Unspecified 27

Place names

Places in Emthanjeni Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population42,356
Young (0-14)31,7%
Working Age (15-64)62,5%
Elderly (65+)5,8%
Dependency ratio60,1
Sex ratio95,8
Growth rate1,69% (2001-2011)
Population density3 persons/km2
Unemployment rate28%
Youth unemployment rate37,2%
No schooling aged 20+11%
Higher education aged 20+6,6%
Matric aged 20+24,7%
Number of households10,457
Number of Agricultural households1,307
Average household size3,9
Female headed households39,4%
Formal dwellings95,4%
Housing owned/paying off60,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage79,6%
Weekly refuse removal83,3%
Piped water inside dwelling59,8%
Electricity for lighting92,6%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population35,785
Young (0-14)31,6%
Working Age (15-64)62,5%
Elderly (65+)6%
Dependency ratio60,2%
Sex ratio91,6
Growth rate-1,91% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate40,7%
Youth unemployment rate50,5%
No schooling aged 20+23,7%
Higher education aged 20+5,8%
Matric aged 20+17,1%
Number of households8,706
Average household size3,9
Female headed households37,8%
Formal dwellings90,9%
Housing owned/paying off58%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage60,3%
Weekly refuse removal85,5%
Piped water inside dwelling43,1%
Electricity for lighting83,3%