Mantsopa

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Mantsopa Local Municipality was named after Anna Mantsopa,a sister of King Moshoeshoe who banished her from the kingdom when he suspected that her powers were greater than his. When she arrived at Modderpoort, there were no houses and she stayed in a cave. In 1886 a group of men called The Brotherhood of St Augustine arrived at Modderpoort, and Mantsopa accommodated them in her cave. The legendary BaSotho prophetess Mantsopa died here on 11 November 1906. The municipality accommodates approximately 51 056 people and covers an area of 4 291km2. It incorporates five small towns; these small towns serve the surrounding rural community. In terms of enumeration area (EA) types, 82% of the population lives in formal residences.

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Mantsopa Local Municipality is situated in the Eastern Free State and covers an area of 345 square kilometres. The five towns situated in Mantsopa are Ladybrand, Hob House, Tweespruit, Thaba-Phatswa and Excelsior.  Mantsopa Local Municipality was established on 5 December 2000 and is comprised of the previous areas of jurisdiction of Tweespruit Transitional Local Council (TLC), Ladybrand TLC, Hobhouse TLC, Excelsior TLC, ThabaPatchoa TLC and Maluti Transitional Rural Council. It forms part of the Eastern Free State and falls within the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipal area. It borders the Kingdom of Lesotho in the East, Mangaung Local Municipality to the west, Naledi Local Municipality to the south and Masilonyana and Setsoto to the north. The area is accessible via the N8 and R26 roads which traverse the area. A railway line that runs along these routes services the area.

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5,7% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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Mantsopa Local Municipality is the second largest local municipal area within Thabo Mofutsanyana, but only accommodates 7% of the total population of Thabo Mofutsanyana. The municipal area comprises five urban areas that are dispersed throughout the region, with a surrounding commercial farming area that is utilised for mixed farming practices. The languages spoken in Mantsopa are Sesotho, English and Afrikaans,the dominant languages in the province.

Group Percentage
Black African88,4%
Coloured3,9%
Indian/Asian0,6%
White6,6%
Other0,5%
Age Males Females
0-4 6% 5,8%
5-9 5,4% 5,2%
10-14 4,7% 4,8%
15-19 5% 5%
20-24 4,7% 4,8%
25-29 4,5% 4,4%
30-34 3,5% 3,6%
35-39 2,8% 3,3%
40-44 2,6% 2,9%
45-49 2,1% 2,1%
50-54 1,8% 2,4%
55-59 1,6% 2,2%
60-64 1,1% 1,7%
65-69 0,8% 1,1%
70-74 0,6% 1%
75-79 0,3% 0,7%
80-84 0,2% 0,4%
85+ 0,1% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 9,7%
English 4%
IsiNdebele 0,2%
IsiXhosa 0,7%
IsiZulu 0,3%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 80,7%
Setswana 0,5%
Sign Language 1,3%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.6%
Not Applicable 1,7%
Group Percentage
Married 22,6%
Living together like married partners 8%
Never married 62,2%
Widower/Widow 5,1%
Separated 1,4%
Divorced 0,8%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 4,6%
Some Primary 43%
Completed Primary 6,4%
Some Secondary 32,6%
Completed Secondary 10,3%
Higher Education 1,2%
Not Applicable 1,9%
Sex Percentage
Female 52,2%
Male 47,8%
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91% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 15 170 households inMantsopa Local Municipality, with a total area of 4291km2. The average household size is 3,4 persons per household. Within the municipality, 67% of households do not have access to piped water inside the dwelling unit, 32% are without access to flush toilets, and 9% are without access to electricity.

Area Percentage
Urban 83,9%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 16,1%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 82,4% 17,6%
Computer 13,3% 86,7%
Television 73,4% 26,6%
Satellite Television 23,3% 76,7%
Radio 76,2% 23,8%
Landline / Telephone 8,1% 91,9%
Motor Car 19,9% 80,1%
Refrigerator 68,6% 31,4%
Electric / Gas-Stove 84,5% 15,5%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 79,3% 39% 91%
Gas 5,5% 4,8% 0,1%
Paraffin 6,9% 26,9% 0,5%
Solar 0,2% 0,1% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 8,1%
Wood 7,2% 19,2% 0%
Coal 0,2% 1,4% 0%
Animal Dung 0,6% 1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 7,5% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 4,4%
From Cellphone 12,6%
From Work 3%
From Elsewhere 5,9%
No Access 74,2%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 26,8%
Owned and fully paid off 51,4%
Owned but not yet paid off 4,8%
Occupied rent free 15,7%
Other 1,3%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 84,2%
Borehole 11,8%
Spring 0,6%
Rain water tank 0,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,4%
River/Stream 0,2%
Water vendor 0,5%
Water tanker 1%
Other 1,1%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 2,5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 67,5%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 2,7%
Chemical toilet 0,1%
Pit toilet with ventilation 4,3%
Pit toilet without ventilation 5,4%
Bucket toilet 16,7%
Other 0,6%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 78,2%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,4%
Communal refuse dump 4,5%
Own refuse dump 14,7%
No rubbish disposal 1,9%
Other 0,4%
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38,2% Youth unemployment rate.

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The economy of Mantsopa is largely based on the commercial farming sector, which employs many of the community. The private businesses and public sector also employs a number of the community. Tourism also plays an attraction point within the Maluti Mountains and the official pronouncement of Lekhalong La Mantsopa as a national heritage side. Mantsopa is also the gateway to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho which attracts tourists nationally and internationally.

Employment Status Number
Employed 11838
Unemployed 4888
Discouraged Work Seeker 2089
Not Economically Active 13249
Income Percentage
None income 9,4%
R1 - R4,800 5,9%
R4,801 - R9,600 8,5%
R9,601 - R19,600 24,2%
R19,601 - R38,200 24,6%
R38,201 - R76,4000 12,2%
R76,401 - R153,800 7%
R153,801 - R307,600 4,9%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,3%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,7%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 1,314
Poultry production 1,156
Vegetable production 1,947
Production of other crops 418
Other 262

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 1,665
Mixed farming 456
Other 74

**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 816
R1-R4 800 173
R4 801-R38 400 2,315
R38 401-R307 200 515
R307 201+ 80
Unspecified 36

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Places in Mantsopa Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population51,056
Young (0-14)31,8%
Working Age (15-64)62,8%
Elderly (65+)5,4%
Dependency ratio59,2
Sex ratio91,6
Growth rate-0,81% (2001-2011)
Population density12 persons/km2
Unemployment rate29,2%
Youth unemployment rate38,2%
No schooling aged 20+5,7%
Higher education aged 20+8,6%
Matric aged 20+22,9%
Number of households15,170
Number of Agricultural households3,934
Average household size3,3
Female headed households43,2%
Formal dwellings81,8%
Housing owned/paying off56,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage67,5%
Weekly refuse removal78,2%
Piped water inside dwelling33,2%
Electricity for lighting91%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population55,342
Young (0-14)32,5%
Working Age (15-64)62,8%
Elderly (65+)5,6%
Dependency ratio61,6%
Sex ratio89,3
Growth rate2% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate35,5%
Youth unemployment rate45,2%
No schooling aged 20+15%
Higher education aged 20+5,3%
Matric aged 20+14,1%
Number of households13,772
Average household size3,9
Female headed households40,6%
Formal dwellings68,4%
Housing owned/paying off54,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage30,9%
Weekly refuse removal61,6%
Piped water inside dwelling19,7%
Electricity for lighting74,9%