Lephalale

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Lephalale is the fastest growing town in the Waterberg district. There are 115 767 people in the district.

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Lephalale Local Municipality is named after the local river, a tributary of the Limpopo River, which has been the source of life to the people of this area for centuries. The town of Lephalale is located a mere 280 km from Tshwane and is a recognised gateway to Botswana and other Southern African countries. Lephalale is the home of the Medupi Power Station that is currently under construction. The Matimba Power Station delivers 3 990 megawatts to the South African grid.

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Ngwathe , Free State 120,520 92
Emalahleni , Eastern Cape 119,460 93
Witzenberg , Western Cape 115,946 94
Lephalale , Limpopo 115,767 95
Lekwa , Mpumalanga 115,662 96
Nkandla , KwaZulu-Natal 114,416 97
Swartland , Western Cape 113,762 98
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9,9% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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Lephalale is the fastest growing town in the Waterberg district. There are 115 767 people in the district. 9 out of every 10 residents (90,1%) are black African, followed by whites at 7,9%, with other population groups making up the remaining 2%.

Amongst those aged 20 years and older, 37% have secondary education, 23,5% have completed matric, 11,6% have some form of higher education, 17,8 completed/have some primary education.

Group Percentage
Black African90,7%
Coloured0,9%
Indian/Asian0,3%
White7,9%
Other0,3%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,2% 5,1%
5-9 4,1% 4,1%
10-14 4% 3,8%
15-19 4,5% 4,2%
20-24 7,4% 5,5%
25-29 7,7% 4,9%
30-34 5,5% 3,6%
35-39 3,9% 3%
40-44 2,9% 2,4%
45-49 2,6% 2,6%
50-54 2,2% 1,8%
55-59 1,6% 1,4%
60-64 1,1% 1,1%
65-69 0,5% 0,8%
70-74 0,5% 0,6%
75-79 0,3% 0,5%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,2% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 7,5%
English 2,9%
IsiNdebele 1,1%
IsiXhosa 0,9%
IsiZulu 1,7%
Sepedi 48%
Sesotho 1,6%
Setswana 22,4%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0,2%
Tshivenda 1,4%
Xitsonga 2,8%
Other 2.2%
Not Applicable 7,1%
Group Percentage
Married 23,7%
Living together like married partners 4,9%
Never married 68,7%
Widower/Widow 1,9%
Separated 0,3%
Divorced 0,6%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,4%
Some Primary 37,7%
Completed Primary 6%
Some Secondary 35,9%
Completed Secondary 11,9%
Higher Education 1,5%
Not Applicable 4,6%
Sex Percentage
Female 45,7%
Male 54,3%
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85,0% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 29 880 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,4 persons per household.

67,0% of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard and 22,0% access piped water on a community stand with a distance less than 200m from dwelling.

 

Area Percentage
Urban 39,8%
Tribal/Traditional 45,2%
Farm 14,9%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 89,8% 10,2%
Computer 17,2% 82,8%
Television 63,5% 36,5%
Satellite Television 31,7% 68,3%
Radio 56,7% 43,3%
Landline / Telephone 5% 95%
Motor Car 26,8% 73,2%
Refrigerator 65% 35%
Electric / Gas-Stove 72,6% 27,4%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 60,4% 60,4% 85%
Gas 3,1% 0,9% 0,1%
Paraffin 7,4% 4,7% 0,5%
Solar 0,1% 0,5% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 13,9%
Wood 28,8% 20,9% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,1% 12,5% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 4,9%
From Cellphone 17,4%
From Work 4,8%
From Elsewhere 2,8%
No Access 70,2%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 27,7%
Owned and fully paid off 34%
Owned but not yet paid off 6,7%
Occupied rent free 28%
Other 3,6%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 71%
Borehole 19,2%
Spring 0,2%
Rain water tank 0,4%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1,7%
River/Stream 1,5%
Water vendor 1,1%
Water tanker 3,7%
Other 1,2%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 5,3%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 39,5%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 5,5%
Chemical toilet 1,3%
Pit toilet with ventilation 24,1%
Pit toilet without ventilation 22,7%
Bucket toilet 0,6%
Other 1%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 41%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,1%
Communal refuse dump 3,6%
Own refuse dump 43,4%
No rubbish disposal 10,5%
Other 0,5%
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26,9% Youth unemployment rate.

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Of the 45 527 economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) people in the municipality, 22,2% are unemployed.

26,9% of the 26 368 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the municipality are unemployed.

The building site of the Medupi Power Station and the operational Matimba Power Station are the largest sources of employment together with agricultural activities such as cattle, poultry, and game farming.

Employment Status Number
Employed 35327
Unemployed 10100
Discouraged Work Seeker 1565
Not Economically Active 33699
Income Percentage
None income 12,5%
R1 - R4,800 3,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 6,3%
R9,601 - R19,600 16,3%
R19,601 - R38,200 20,2%
R38,201 - R76,4000 15,4%
R76,401 - R153,800 11,2%
R153,801 - R307,600 7,9%
R307,601 - R614,400 4,7%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 1,5%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,4%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 3,627
Poultry production 2,668
Vegetable production 903
Production of other crops 1,909
Other 724

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 3,893
Mixed farming 1,278
Other 289

**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 1,889
R1-R4 800 140
R4 801-R38 400 3,450
R38 401-R307 200 1,063
R307 201+ 113
Unspecified 102

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Places in Lephalale Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population115,767
Young (0-14)26,2%
Working Age (15-64)69,7%
Elderly (65+)4,1%
Dependency ratio43,5
Sex ratio118,6
Growth rate3,06% (2001-2011)
Population density8 persons/km2
Unemployment rate22,2%
Youth unemployment rate26,9%
No schooling aged 20+9,9%
Higher education aged 20+11,6%
Matric aged 20+23,5%
Number of households29,880
Number of Agricultural households6,757
Average household size3,3
Female headed households39,1%
Formal dwellings82,3%
Housing owned/paying off40,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage39,5%
Weekly refuse removal41%
Piped water inside dwelling31,4%
Electricity for lighting85%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population85,272
Young (0-14)35,9%
Working Age (15-64)69,7%
Elderly (65+)4,5%
Dependency ratio67,9%
Sex ratio93,5
Growth rate1,6% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate18,5%
Youth unemployment rate24%
No schooling aged 20+24,6%
Higher education aged 20+6,2%
Matric aged 20+13,9%
Number of households20,277
Average household size3,5
Female headed households43,7%
Formal dwellings76,8%
Housing owned/paying off41,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage30,1%
Weekly refuse removal24%
Piped water inside dwelling22,4%
Electricity for lighting69,3%