Greater Taung Local Municipality (NW 394) is situated in the western part of North West in the area of jurisdiction of Dr Ruth S Mompati District Municipality. The municipality is one of the five local municipalities in Dr Ruth S Mompati District Municipality.The municipality covers an area of 5 639 Km2, which accounts for 11,8 % of the total area of Dr Ruth S Mompati District Municipality.The main rural towns/townships in the municipal area are Reivilo, Pudimoe and Taung Central. About 95% of the municipal area is predominantly rural. There are about 106 widely-scattered villages in the municipal area. There are Northern Cape areas that one passes when going from one village to the other within the municipality, namely Pampierstad township and Northern Cape farms. These areas previously formed part of the municipality but were later moved to the Northern Cape during the last demarcation process. The municipality is divided into 26 administration wards and has a total of 52 councillors (both ward and PR councillors).
As the municipality is predominantly rural, villages have been divided under the three tribal authorities under three paramount chiefs, namely Mankuroane, Mothibi and Motlhabane. The agricultural sector, both commercial and subsistence, is the major employer and contributor to the municipal economy.
The municipal population stands at 177 642 (the largest in the district), with a total of 48 612 households.When compared to the 2001 population statistics, the population size has declined from a total of 182 164 to 177 642 in 2011. The average population density stands at 31,5km2.
|Rank view all|
|Jozini , KwaZulu-Natal||186,502||54|
|Albert Luthuli , Mpumalanga||186,010||55|
|Umzimkhulu , KwaZulu-Natal||180,302||56|
|Greater Taung , North West||177,642||57|
|Msinga , KwaZulu-Natal||177,577||58|
|Mtubatuba , KwaZulu-Natal||175,425||59|
|Mkhondo , Mpumalanga||171,982||60|
The most spoken language within the municipality is Setswana (93%), followed by English (1,6%).The least spoken languages are Xitsonga and Tshivenda, which stood at 0,1% and 0% respectively according to Census 2011 results. A total of 98,2% of the municipal population classify themselves as black Africans, while 0,4%, 1% and 0,2% classified themselves as white, coloured and Asian/Indian respectively. Of the 177 642 population, about 53% is female, while only about 47% is male. A high proportion of the municipal population (75%) has never been married, while only 14,9% are married and 4,5% are not married but living together like married partners.
A greater proportion of Greater TaungMunicipality is 0–14 years(35,9%), followed by members of the population aged15–34 years (31,7%).Members of the population aged 35–64 years account for 24,6% and those aged 65 years and above account for 7,9% of the entire municipal population.
|Living together like married partners||4,5%|
48,3% of the population is not economically active, and among those who are, 50% are unemployed.
Although about 88% of the dwelling units/structures are built from bricks/concrete blocks, and the average household size is only about four people per household, the municipality is faced with challenges such as absence of mail delivery services
It should be noted that, even though the unemployment rate in 2011 stood at 50%, there has been a significant improvement when compared to 2001, when the municipal unemployment rate stood at 65%.
As far as other major services are concerned, the municipality household access to electricity is 89%, compared to 49% in 2001. All of those with access to electricity use it for lighting, 40,3% use it for heating and about 73% for cooking.
Only 10,1% of the households within the municipality have access to a flush toilet, of which 9% is a flush toilet connected to a sewage system and 1,1% is a flush toilet with a septic tank. A total of 77,8% of households use pit toilets, with 29% using a pit toilet with ventilation and 49% using a pit toilet without ventilation.
As the municipality is 95% rural, only 7,6% of the municipal households have their refuse disposal removed by the municipality, whereas over 82% use their own refuse dump.
About 98% of households have access to piped (tap) water. From this percentage, 10% has access inside their dwelling units, 10,3% inside their yards, 51,2% access tap water on a community stand that is a distance of less than 200m from their yards, 18% travel between 200m and 500m to access tap water, and8,3% travel 500m and more to access tap water.
|Landline / Telephone||2,2%||97,8%|
|Electric / Gas-Stove||76,9%||23,1%|
|Owned and fully paid off||67,9%|
|Owned but not yet paid off||2%|
|Occupied rent free||16,3%|
|Source of water||Percentage|
|Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider)||88%|
|Rain water tank||0,2%|
|Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system)||9%|
|Flush toilet (with septic tank)||1,1%|
|Pit toilet with ventilation||29%|
|Pit toilet without ventilation||48,8%|
|Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week||7,4%|
|Removed by local authority/private company less often||0,2%|
|Communal refuse dump||0,8%|
|Own refuse dump||82,4%|
|No rubbish disposal||8,6%|
The Greater Taung Municipalityhas an agriculture-based economy, focusing on both livestock and crops. Most of the crops produced are exported to the Northern Cape as raw materials for further processing, as the neighbouring farmers are equipped with advanced processing machinery. Thus, a large portion of income is derived from the agricultural sector which is mainly owned by individual farmers/corporations. The agricultural sector is the one that employs the majority of the inhabitants. There is also subsistence farming by villagers who, at times, sell their produce to generate a household income.
There are also a few government sector departments (sub-district offices) that also contribute to the employment of the municipal population. The newly-built Taung Mall boosts a number of giant retailers.The retail-trade industry also contributes, though not significantly,to the municipal GDP.
|Discouraged Work Seeker||12777|
|Not Economically Active||54456|
|R1 - R4,800||6,2%|
|R4,801 - R9,600||10,3%|
|R9,601 - R19,600||25,4%|
|R19,601 - R38,200||21,6%|
|R38,201 - R76,4000||8,1%|
|R76,401 - R153,800||4,1%|
|R153,801 - R307,600||2,6%|
|R307,601 - R614,400||0,9%|
|R614,001 - R1,228,800||0,1%|
|R1,228,801 - R2,457,600||0,1%|
|Type of specific activity||Number|
|Production of other crops||1,168|
**An agricultural household may engage in more than one agricultural activity
|Type of activity||Number|
**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|
|R4 801-R38 400||10,088|
|R38 401-R307 200||1,080|
|Agricultural households municipal data per province|
|Western Cape (download)|
|Eastern Cape (download)|
|Northern Cape (download)|
|Free State (download)|
|North West (download)|
**Please note that each province contains twenty five tables
|Working Age (15-64)||56,3%|
|Growth rate||-0,25% (2001-2011)|
|Population density||32 persons/km2|
|Youth unemployment rate||61,7%|
|No schooling aged 20+||19,2%|
|Higher education aged 20+||4,7%|
|Matric aged 20+||15,7%|
|Number of households||48,613|
|Number of Agricultural households||18,255|
|Average household size||3,6|
|Female headed households||48,2%|
|Housing owned/paying off||70%|
|Flush toilet connected to sewerage||9%|
|Weekly refuse removal||7,4%|
|Piped water inside dwelling||10%|
|Electricity for lighting||88,5%|
|Working Age (15-64)||56,3%|
|Growth rate||-0,24% (2001-2011)|
|Youth unemployment rate||75,7%|
|No schooling aged 20+||32,1%|
|Higher education aged 20+||4,1%|
|Matric aged 20+||9,7%|
|Number of households||41,450|
|Average household size||4,3|
|Female headed households||52,1%|
|Housing owned/paying off||70,9%|
|Flush toilet connected to sewerage||7,4%|
|Weekly refuse removal||5,9%|
|Piped water inside dwelling||5,3%|
|Electricity for lighting||49,4%|