Impendle

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Impendle Municipality has a population of about 33 105 with the sex ratio of 88 males per 100 females.

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Impendle  local Municipality is located on the south western boundary of the uMgungundlovu District, and shares a boundary with the Sisonke District to the south and the KwaSani Municipality, which includes towns such as Underberg  and Himeville. To the north is the uMngeni which is closely tied to Impendle in terms of agriculture and potential tourism (Midlands Meander), and to east the Msunduzi Municipality which is the capital of the province and the economic hub of the District. To the west is District Management areas of the Drakensberg that fall under the Transfrontier Development Initiative related to the World Heritage Site. (uMgnugndlovu District Municipality IDP 2012/13).

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Umsobomvu , Northern Cape 28,376 203
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14,9% had no schooling.

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 The dependency ratio is significantly high (79). Black Africans constitutes 99% which is the vast majority of population in the district. White people constitute only 1% and there are no Indians neither coloured people.

Group Percentage
Black African98,9%
Coloured0,3%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White0,5%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,8% 6,5%
5-9 6,4% 6%
10-14 6,3% 5,6%
15-19 6,2% 6%
20-24 4,5% 4,6%
25-29 3,2% 3,6%
30-34 2,1% 2,6%
35-39 1,9% 2,2%
40-44 1,6% 2,2%
45-49 1,5% 1,5%
50-54 1,4% 2,4%
55-59 1,6% 2,4%
60-64 1,3% 2,1%
65-69 0,7% 1,4%
70-74 0,5% 1,1%
75-79 0,3% 0,9%
80-84 0,2% 0,7%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,2%
English 1,8%
IsiNdebele 1,2%
IsiXhosa 0,4%
IsiZulu 93,3%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 1,6%
Setswana 0,6%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.1%
Not Applicable 0%
Group Percentage
Married 18,4%
Living together like married partners 1,7%
Never married 75,4%
Widower/Widow 3,9%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 0,2%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,6%
Some Primary 45,9%
Completed Primary 6,2%
Some Secondary 31,5%
Completed Secondary 13,1%
Higher Education 0,7%
Not Applicable 0%
Sex Percentage
Female 53,2%
Male 46,8%
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83,6% access to electricity for lighting.

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The total unemployment rate is 45% which is the highest in the district. Approximately 57% of households are headed by female and at least 2% are headed by children.

Area Percentage
Urban 6,1%
Tribal/Traditional 71,6%
Farm 22,3%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 81,9% 18,1%
Computer 4% 96%
Television 60,1% 39,9%
Satellite Television 15,4% 84,6%
Radio 64% 36%
Landline / Telephone 3,6% 96,4%
Motor Car 14,7% 85,3%
Refrigerator 60,4% 39,6%
Electric / Gas-Stove 69,6% 30,4%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 47,1% 31,3% 83,6%
Gas 3% 1,6% 0,3%
Paraffin 1,8% 0,6% 0,4%
Solar 0,2% 0,2% 0,4%
Candles 0% 0% 15,1%
Wood 47,4% 62,6% 0%
Coal 0,2% 0,2% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,2% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 3,4% 0,4%
Access Percentage
From Home 1%
From Cellphone 15%
From Work 1,1%
From Elsewhere 2,9%
No Access 80%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 13,7%
Owned and fully paid off 26,2%
Owned but not yet paid off 10%
Occupied rent free 48,1%
Other 2%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 29,6%
Borehole 12,6%
Spring 14,6%
Rain water tank 3,1%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 4,6%
River/Stream 13,4%
Water vendor 4%
Water tanker 13,5%
Other 4,6%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 1,6%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 4,8%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3,3%
Chemical toilet 6,3%
Pit toilet with ventilation 27,8%
Pit toilet without ventilation 45,5%
Bucket toilet 1,2%
Other 9,5%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 3%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,8%
Communal refuse dump 1,3%
Own refuse dump 83,7%
No rubbish disposal 8,5%
Other 1,8%
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56,2% Youth unemployment rate.

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According to uMgungundlovu District Municipality IDP 2012/13, there are six critical sectors that contribute more than 92% of the district economy. The overall unemployment rate is 45 % and youth unemployment rate in Impendle is 56% while labour participation is 23%.

Employment Status Number
Employed 2347
Unemployed 1928
Discouraged Work Seeker 2284
Not Economically Active 11923
Income Percentage
None income 18%
R1 - R4,800 6,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 9,4%
R9,601 - R19,600 30,5%
R19,601 - R38,200 19,3%
R38,201 - R76,4000 8,4%
R76,401 - R153,800 4,1%
R153,801 - R307,600 2,4%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,2%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,2%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 2,657
Poultry production 2,532
Vegetable production 2,162
Production of other crops 969
Other 296

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 2,020
Mixed farming 1,729
Other 54

**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 1,078
R1-R4 800 368
R4 801-R38 400 2,797
R38 401-R307 200 245
R307 201+ 45
Unspecified 98

Place names

Places in Impendle Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population33,105
Young (0-14)37,7%
Working Age (15-64)55,8%
Elderly (65+)6,5%
Dependency ratio79,1
Sex ratio88
Growth rate-1,34% (2001-2011)
Population density22 persons/km2
Unemployment rate45,1%
Youth unemployment rate56,2%
No schooling aged 20+14,9%
Higher education aged 20+3,6%
Matric aged 20+22,2%
Number of households8,203
Number of Agricultural households4,630
Average household size4
Female headed households57,4%
Formal dwellings44,1%
Housing owned/paying off36,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage4,8%
Weekly refuse removal3%
Piped water inside dwelling16%
Electricity for lighting83,6%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population37,844
Young (0-14)41,3%
Working Age (15-64)55,8%
Elderly (65+)6,6%
Dependency ratio92,1%
Sex ratio81,4
Growth rate-1,09% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate72,6%
Youth unemployment rate79,9%
No schooling aged 20+35,3%
Higher education aged 20+2,8%
Matric aged 20+8,2%
Number of households8,258
Average household size4,5
Female headed households60,3%
Formal dwellings39,3%
Housing owned/paying off62,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage3,6%
Weekly refuse removal2%
Piped water inside dwelling5,5%
Electricity for lighting54,7%