Letsemeng

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According to Census 2011, LetsemengLocal Municipality has a total population of 38 628, of whom67,8% are black African, 23,4% are coloured and 8,1% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 0,7%.

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 The Letsemeng Local Municipality is situated in the south-western part of the Free State province. Its geographical area is approximately 10 192 km², which makes up 29,8% of the total Xhariep District Municipality geographical area. The five towns within LetsemengLocal Municipality are Koffiefontein, where the municipality head office is situated, Jacobsdal, Luckhoff, Oppermansgronde and Petrusburg. (www.letsemeng.gov.za)

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17,7% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, LetsemengLocal Municipality has a total population of 38 628, of whom67,8% are black African, 23,4% are coloured and 8,1% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 0,7%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 6,9% have completed primary school, 31,6% have some secondary education, 18,8% have completed matric and 4,8% have some form of higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African67,8%
Coloured23,4%
Indian/Asian0,3%
White8,1%
Other0,4%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,4% 5,5%
5-9 4,9% 4,7%
10-14 4,8% 4,5%
15-19 4,7% 4,6%
20-24 5,1% 4,3%
25-29 4,9% 3,6%
30-34 4,4% 3,4%
35-39 3,6% 3,3%
40-44 3% 3,1%
45-49 2,7% 2,7%
50-54 2,4% 2,4%
55-59 1,7% 2%
60-64 1,5% 1,5%
65-69 0,9% 1%
70-74 0,6% 0,9%
75-79 0,4% 0,6%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,2% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 60,7%
English 1,2%
IsiNdebele 0,2%
IsiXhosa 10,3%
IsiZulu 0,6%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 11,9%
Setswana 9,2%
Sign Language 0,3%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,2%
Other 0.4%
Not Applicable 4,7%
Group Percentage
Married 23,2%
Living together like married partners 11,2%
Never married 60,4%
Widower/Widow 3,8%
Separated 0,6%
Divorced 0,8%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 4,4%
Some Primary 45,4%
Completed Primary 8%
Some Secondary 29,9%
Completed Secondary 8,6%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 3,1%
Sex Percentage
Female 48,6%
Male 51,4%
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92,8% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 11 242 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,3 persons per household.

90,8% of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard. Only2,2% of households do not have access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 83,3%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 16,7%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 77% 23%
Computer 11,9% 88,1%
Television 73,5% 26,5%
Satellite Television 18,4% 81,6%
Radio 57,8% 42,2%
Landline / Telephone 9% 91%
Motor Car 24,2% 75,8%
Refrigerator 67,6% 32,4%
Electric / Gas-Stove 87,6% 12,4%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 88% 62,9% 92,8%
Gas 2,6% 1,8% 0,1%
Paraffin 3,6% 6,3% 0,5%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,1%
Candles 0% 0% 6,4%
Wood 5,1% 18,5% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,3% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 10% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 3,8%
From Cellphone 13,8%
From Work 1,9%
From Elsewhere 4,4%
No Access 76,2%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 18,5%
Owned and fully paid off 51,4%
Owned but not yet paid off 2,6%
Occupied rent free 23,2%
Other 4,3%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 80%
Borehole 13,7%
Spring 0%
Rain water tank 0,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1,5%
River/Stream 0,8%
Water vendor 0,2%
Water tanker 2,8%
Other 0,6%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 72,8%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 2,7%
Chemical toilet 0,5%
Pit toilet with ventilation 10,5%
Pit toilet without ventilation 5,3%
Bucket toilet 2,3%
Other 0,8%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 68%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,9%
Communal refuse dump 4,3%
Own refuse dump 24,7%
No rubbish disposal 1,4%
Other 0,7%
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27,7%% Youth unemployment rate.

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11 788 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these 22,3% are unemployed.

Of the 6 058 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area, 27,7% are unemployed.

 

Employment Status Number
Employed 9164
Unemployed 2624
Discouraged Work Seeker 1745
Not Economically Active 11518
Income Percentage
None income 10,2%
R1 - R4,800 4,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 7,4%
R9,601 - R19,600 23,9%
R19,601 - R38,200 24,6%
R38,201 - R76,4000 14,1%
R76,401 - R153,800 8%
R153,801 - R307,600 4,5%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,3%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,5%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 840
Poultry production 928
Vegetable production 732
Production of other crops 811
Other 353

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 1,017
Animals only 1,152
Mixed farming 388
Other 73

**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 534
R1-R4 800 63
R4 801-R38 400 1,474
R38 401-R307 200 467
R307 201+ 68
Unspecified 26

Key Statistics 2011

Total population38,628
Young (0-14)29,7%
Working Age (15-64)64,8%
Elderly (65+)5,4%
Dependency ratio54,2
Sex ratio105,7
Population growth rate-1,04% (2001-2011)
Population density4 persons/km2
Unemployment rate22,3%
Youth unemployment rate27,7%
No schooling aged 20+17,7%
Higher education aged 20+4,8%
Matric aged 20+18,7%
Number of households11,242
Number of Agricultural households2,631
Average household size3,3
Female headed households33,5%
Formal dwellings83,2%
Housing owned/paying off54%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage72,8%
Weekly refuse removal68%
Piped water inside dwelling49,8%
Electricity for lighting92,8%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population42,847
Young (0-14)33,9%
Working Age (15-64)64,8%
Elderly (65+)4,7%
Dependency ratio62,8
Sex ratio96,2
Population growth rate3,79% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate31,7%
Youth unemployment rate40,3%
No schooling aged 20+25,3%
Higher education aged 20+4,1%
Matric aged 20+12,5%
Number of households11,949
Average household size3,5
Female headed households29,2%
Formal dwellings74,7%
Housing owned/paying off48,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage60,6%
Weekly refuse removal62,5%
Piped water inside dwelling31,1%
Electricity for lighting71,6%