Karoo Hoogland

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12 588 Total population.

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The three towns that make up Karoo Hoogland MunicipalityareFraserberg, Sutherland and Williston. Each of these towns boasts its own well-known poets and writers, namely MIKRO (Williston), NP van WykLouwand his brother WEGvan WykLouw(Sutherland), and AG Visser (Fraserberg).

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Thembelihle , Northern Cape 15,701 215
Prince Albert , Western Cape 13,136 216
KwaSani , KwaZulu-Natal 12,898 217
Karoo Hoogland , Northern Cape 12,588 218
Khâi-Ma , Northern Cape 12,465 219
Richtersveld , Northern Cape 11,982 220
Kareeberg , Northern Cape 11,673 221
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18,4% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, Karoo Hoogland Municipality has a total population count of 12 588, of which 78,9% are coloured,14,6% are white, with black African, and Asian/Indian making up the remaining population.

Of those aged 20 years and older,26,5% completed some secondary schooling, 21,1 % completed some primary schooling, 18,5% have no schooling, 16,9% completed Grade 12, and 7,4% completed primary school.

Group Percentage
Black African5,5%
Coloured78,9%
Indian/Asian0,7%
White14,6%
Other0,4%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,4% 4,6%
5-9 5,1% 4,3%
10-14 4,8% 4,4%
15-19 4,1% 4%
20-24 3,1% 3,3%
25-29 3,1% 2,9%
30-34 2,9% 2,8%
35-39 3,5% 3,8%
40-44 3,6% 3,6%
45-49 3,6% 3,6%
50-54 2,9% 2,6%
55-59 2,4% 2,7%
60-64 1,9% 2,2%
65-69 1,8% 2%
70-74 1,1% 1,4%
75-79 0,5% 0,9%
80-84 0,4% 0,6%
85+ 0,5% 0,8%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 90,2%
English 1,2%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 0,8%
IsiZulu 0,1%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,2%
Setswana 0,4%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.1%
Not Applicable 6,3%
Group Percentage
Married 26%
Living together like married partners 13,8%
Never married 52%
Widower/Widow 5,9%
Separated 0,7%
Divorced 1,5%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 5,7%
Some Primary 48,1%
Completed Primary 7,7%
Some Secondary 24,2%
Completed Secondary 6,2%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 7,4%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,3%
Male 49,7%
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64,9% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 3 842 households in the municipality, with an average size of 3,7 persons per household.

Of the households in the municipality, 59,8%  have access to piped (tap) water inside the dwelling/institution, and 37,5% have access to piped (tap) water inside the yard.64,9% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

Area Percentage
Urban 73,3%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 26,7%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 60,3% 39,7%
Computer 16,4% 83,6%
Television 58,1% 41,9%
Satellite Television 19,7% 80,3%
Radio 69% 31%
Landline / Telephone 25% 75%
Motor Car 29,4% 70,6%
Refrigerator 53% 47%
Electric / Gas-Stove 70,3% 29,7%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 58,5% 46,4% 64,9%
Gas 13,4% 4,9% 0,3%
Paraffin 3,2% 3,2% 0,6%
Solar 0,9% 1,5% 11,9%
Candles 0% 0% 22,2%
Wood 22,6% 38,4% 0%
Coal 1,3% 1% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 4,5% 0,1%
Access Percentage
From Home 6,5%
From Cellphone 12,1%
From Work 2,3%
From Elsewhere 1,1%
No Access 77,9%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 20,2%
Owned and fully paid off 42,2%
Owned but not yet paid off 5%
Occupied rent free 31,5%
Other 1%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 62,6%
Borehole 33,8%
Spring 0,5%
Rain water tank 0,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,6%
River/Stream 0%
Water vendor 0%
Water tanker 1,9%
Other 0,4%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 7,8%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 39,4%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 17,5%
Chemical toilet 0,6%
Pit toilet with ventilation 27,9%
Pit toilet without ventilation 4,1%
Bucket toilet 1,1%
Other 1,6%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 62,7%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,3%
Communal refuse dump 0,8%
Own refuse dump 33,5%
No rubbish disposal 1,6%
Other 1,1%
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20% Youth unemployment rate.

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Of the population, 3 655 are employed, 623 are unemployed, and 395 are classified as discouraged work-seekers. The unemployment rate is 14,6%.

Amongst the youth (aged 15 – 34 years), 1 317 people are employed, 329 are unemployed, 218 are classified as discouraged work-seekers, and 1 433 are not economically active.

Employment Status Number
Employed 3655
Unemployed 623
Discouraged Work Seeker 395
Not Economically Active 3170
Income Percentage
None income 6,3%
R1 - R4,800 2,4%
R4,801 - R9,600 5%
R9,601 - R19,600 24,9%
R19,601 - R38,200 26,2%
R38,201 - R76,4000 13,7%
R76,401 - R153,800 9,2%
R153,801 - R307,600 6,2%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,9%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 1,5%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,4%
R2,457,601+ 0,4%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 534
Poultry production 454
Vegetable production 76
Production of other crops 31
Other 60

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 726
Mixed farming 90
Other 2

**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 48
R1-R4 800 13
R4 801-R38 400 416
R38 401-R307 200 242
R307 201+ 117
Unspecified 25

Place names

Places in Karoo Hoogland Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population12,588
Young (0-14)27,7%
Working Age (15-64)62,3%
Elderly (65+)10%
Dependency ratio60,5
Sex ratio98,7
Growth rate1,8% (2001-2011)
Population density0 persons/km2
Unemployment rate14,6%
Youth unemployment rate20%
No schooling aged 20+18,4%
Higher education aged 20+8,7%
Matric aged 20+16,9%
Number of households3,842
Number of Agricultural households862
Average household size3
Female headed households30,6%
Formal dwellings96,9%
Housing owned/paying off47,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage39,4%
Weekly refuse removal62,7%
Piped water inside dwelling59,8%
Electricity for lighting64,9%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population10,512
Young (0-14)29,7%
Working Age (15-64)62,3%
Elderly (65+)9,1%
Dependency ratio63,6%
Sex ratio90,9
Growth rate-3,28% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate28,6%
Youth unemployment rate40,3%
No schooling aged 20+28%
Higher education aged 20+8,1%
Matric aged 20+13,9%
Number of households2,942
Average household size3,2
Female headed households30,2%
Formal dwellings94,5%
Housing owned/paying off55,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage23%
Weekly refuse removal59,5%
Piped water inside dwelling50,1%
Electricity for lighting66,7%