Lekwa-Teemane

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According to Census 2011 the total population is 53,248

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Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality (NW396) is approximately 3 681 km² in extent. This land mass makes up 7,75% of the total area of the Dr. Ruth S Mompati District Municipality area. The administrative centre of the municipality is in the rural area of Christiana. The other offices are located in Bloemhof. The major towns are Bloemhof and Christiana, which are predominantly farming towns, hence the major private-sector employers are farmers. Both of these towns can be described as rural to semi-rural and spreads. Apart from these two rural towns, most of the residents live in villages and townships. Christiana and Bloemhof are about 60 km away from each other. The Christiana area is composed of Christiana town, Geluksoord township, Christiana farms and the Utlwanang township, whereas the Bloemhof area is composed of Bloemhof town, Bloemhof farms and the Coverdale township, Salamat township and Boitumelong township.

With a total of 14 930 households, Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality has the smallest population in the Dr RSM district. The average population density for Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality has increased from 13,5 people per km2 in 2001 to 14,5 people per km2 in 2011. The municipality is divided into seven administration wards and has a total of 14 councillors (both ward councillors and PR councillors).

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Mafube , Free State 57,876 163
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Lekwa-Teemane , North West 53,248 166
Hessequa , Western Cape 52,642 167
Ezingoleni , KwaZulu-Natal 52,540 168
Mantsopa , Free State 51,056 169
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20,8% of those aged 20 years and older have Matric.

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The most dominant language spoken within the municipality is SeTswana (68,7%), followed by Afrikaans (19%), while the least spoken languages are Xitsonga and Tshivenda, which stood at 0,1% according to Census 2011 results. A total of 81,2% of the municipal population classify themselves as black African, 10,4% are white, 7,4% are coloured, and 0,6% are Indian/Asian. Of the 53 248 residents, about 50,1% are female, while 49,9% are male. A large proportion of the municipal population (67,7%) has never married, with only 19% being married and 8,3% not married but living together like married partners.

The largest proportion (34,2%) of Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality is aged 15–34 years, followed by those aged 0–14 years (31,9%). The population aged 35–64 years accounts for 27,9% and those aged 65 years and older account for 6,2% of the entire municipal population.

Group Percentage
Black African81,2%
Coloured7,4%
Indian/Asian0,6%
White10,4%
Other0,4%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,8% 5,9%
5-9 5,4% 5,3%
10-14 4,7% 4,7%
15-19 4,7% 4,6%
20-24 4,9% 4,4%
25-29 4,3% 4%
30-34 3,9% 3,5%
35-39 3,2% 3,1%
40-44 2,7% 2,7%
45-49 2,5% 2,5%
50-54 2,1% 2,1%
55-59 1,9% 2%
60-64 1,4% 1,6%
65-69 1% 1,2%
70-74 0,7% 1%
75-79 0,4% 0,6%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 17,5%
English 2,1%
IsiNdebele 0,8%
IsiXhosa 5,4%
IsiZulu 1,2%
Sepedi 0,3%
Sesotho 5,9%
Setswana 63,3%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,3%
Other 0.9%
Not Applicable 1,7%
Group Percentage
Married 19%
Living together like married partners 8,3%
Never married 67,7%
Widower/Widow 3,6%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 0,8%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 4,5%
Some Primary 50,5%
Completed Primary 6,1%
Some Secondary 28,4%
Completed Secondary 8,2%
Higher Education 0,9%
Not Applicable 1,5%
Sex Percentage
Female 50%
Male 50%
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86,1% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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55,2% of households use electricity for heating and about 81% for cooking.

A total of 91% of the households within the municipality have access to a flush toilet, of which 87% thereof is a flush toilet connected to a sewage system and 3,9% is flush toilet with a septic tank. A total of 3% of households use a pit toilet, with 1% using a pit toilet with ventilation and 2% using a pit toilet without ventilation.

75% of the municipal households have their refuse removed by the municipality, whereas only 12% use their own refuse dump.

About 99% of households have access to piped (tap) water. Of this percentage, 29,5% have access inside their dwelling units, 67% inside their yards, 1,5% have access to tap water on a community stand that is a distance of less than 200 m from their yards, and 0,5% travel between 200 m and 500 m to access tap water.

Area Percentage
Urban 91,6%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 8,4%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 85,1% 14,9%
Computer 12% 88%
Television 71,1% 28,9%
Satellite Television 16% 84%
Radio 59,6% 40,4%
Landline / Telephone 7,5% 92,5%
Motor Car 23,3% 76,7%
Refrigerator 64,6% 35,4%
Electric / Gas-Stove 81,4% 18,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 81,1% 55,2% 86,1%
Gas 3,3% 1,5% 0,1%
Paraffin 9,9% 2,9% 2,6%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,4%
Candles 0% 0% 10,5%
Wood 5,1% 19,1% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,5% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,4% 20,6% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 3,2%
From Cellphone 13,8%
From Work 2,5%
From Elsewhere 1,9%
No Access 78,5%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 17,1%
Owned and fully paid off 50,4%
Owned but not yet paid off 3,6%
Occupied rent free 27,6%
Other 1,3%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 87,8%
Borehole 9,8%
Spring 0%
Rain water tank 0,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,9%
River/Stream 0,4%
Water vendor 0,3%
Water tanker 0,3%
Other 0,4%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 4,8%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 86,8%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3,9%
Chemical toilet 0,1%
Pit toilet with ventilation 1%
Pit toilet without ventilation 2%
Bucket toilet 0,5%
Other 1%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 73,5%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,6%
Communal refuse dump 5,2%
Own refuse dump 11,7%
No rubbish disposal 7,5%
Other 0,4%
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30,5% Unemployment rate

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Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality is an agriculture-based municipality, where both livestock and crops are being farmed. Most of its income is derived from the agricultural sector. It has a small-scale cement-production industry. The second largest employer, after the agricultural sector, is the retail trade sector, in both towns of Christiana and Bloemhof.

Employment Status Number
Employed 11369
Unemployed 4982
Discouraged Work Seeker 2855
Not Economically Active 13846
Income Percentage
None income 12,8%
R1 - R4,800 4,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 7,4%
R9,601 - R19,600 21,5%
R19,601 - R38,200 24,5%
R38,201 - R76,4000 15,2%
R76,401 - R153,800 8,1%
R153,801 - R307,600 4,3%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,3%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,4%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 807
Poultry production 1,259
Vegetable production 411
Production of other crops 461
Other 390

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 1,451
Mixed farming 323
Other 126

**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 489
R1-R4 800 55
R4 801-R38 400 1,332
R38 401-R307 200 408
R307 201+ 59
Unspecified 35

Place names

Places in Lekwa-Teemane Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population53,248
Young (0-14)31,8%
Working Age (15-64)62,1%
Elderly (65+)6,1%
Dependency ratio61,1
Sex ratio99,8
Growth rate2,15% (2001-2011)
Population density14 persons/km2
Unemployment rate30,5%
Youth unemployment rate39,3%
No schooling aged 20+17,9%
Higher education aged 20+5,1%
Matric aged 20+20,8%
Number of households14,930
Number of Agricultural households2,378
Average household size3,4
Female headed households35,4%
Formal dwellings79,2%
Housing owned/paying off53,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage86,8%
Weekly refuse removal73,5%
Piped water inside dwelling29,5%
Electricity for lighting86,1%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population42,967
Young (0-14)30,8%
Working Age (15-64)62,1%
Elderly (65+)5,6%
Dependency ratio57,3%
Sex ratio99,6
Growth rate3,06% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate42,8%
Youth unemployment rate51,9%
No schooling aged 20+28,3%
Higher education aged 20+4,3%
Matric aged 20+15%
Number of households10,730
Average household size3,7
Female headed households36,6%
Formal dwellings67%
Housing owned/paying off58,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage63%
Weekly refuse removal74,4%
Piped water inside dwelling16%
Electricity for lighting71,2%