Maquassi Hills

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According to Census 2011 the total population is 77,794

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Maquassi Hills Municipality is one of the local municipalities in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District in the North West province, and is one of the five local municipalities. The major towns are Leeudoringstad, Makwassie, Witpoort and Wolmaranstad.

(http://www.localgovernment.co.za/south-africa/local-municipality/192/maquassi-hills-local-municipality)

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18,9% of those aged 20 years and older have Matric.

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Maquassi Hills Municipality has a total population of 77 794 people, 88,7% of whom are black African, 2,3% coloured and 8,2% white. The Indian/ Asian population makes up 0,4%. The remaining population groups constitute 0,3% of the total population in this municipality.

Of the people aged 20 years and older, 28,2% have some form of secondary schooling and only 19% have matric. In the municipality, 23,5% of the people have no schooling and 18,8% have some form of primary schooling. Only 5,8% completed primary school and 4,7% have some form of higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African88,7%
Coloured2,3%
Indian/Asian0,4%
White8,2%
Other0,3%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,4% 6,2%
5-9 5,7% 5,5%
10-14 4,6% 4,6%
15-19 4,5% 4,4%
20-24 4,8% 4,7%
25-29 4,4% 4,6%
30-34 3,5% 3,5%
35-39 3,1% 3,1%
40-44 2,7% 2,8%
45-49 2,5% 2,5%
50-54 2,2% 2,2%
55-59 1,9% 1,8%
60-64 1,2% 1,4%
65-69 1% 1%
70-74 0,6% 0,8%
75-79 0,3% 0,5%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,2% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 10,6%
English 1,8%
IsiNdebele 1,1%
IsiXhosa 4,1%
IsiZulu 1,5%
Sepedi 0,4%
Sesotho 6,6%
Setswana 71,7%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0,2%
Other 0.5%
Not Applicable 1,1%
Group Percentage
Married 18,6%
Living together like married partners 11,5%
Never married 65,7%
Widower/Widow 3,3%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 0,5%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 5,4%
Some Primary 49,1%
Completed Primary 6,9%
Some Secondary 29,5%
Completed Secondary 7,5%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 0,9%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,3%
Male 49,7%
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82,8% of households have access to electricity for lighting

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There are 20 505 households in the Maquassi Hills Municipality, with an average household size of 3,6 persons per household.

Of those households, 53,5% have access to piped water inside the yard whereas 32,2% have access to water piped inside their dwelling. Only 2,1% of the households do not have access to piped water.

Census 2011 reports that 82,8% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

Area Percentage
Urban 79,7%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 20,3%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 80,9% 19,1%
Computer 10,2% 89,8%
Television 72,4% 27,6%
Satellite Television 17,2% 82,8%
Radio 61,9% 38,1%
Landline / Telephone 8,3% 91,7%
Motor Car 22,1% 77,9%
Refrigerator 62,5% 37,5%
Electric / Gas-Stove 76,4% 23,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 77,5% 60,9% 82,8%
Gas 1,7% 1,3% 0,1%
Paraffin 10,5% 4,4% 1,1%
Solar 0,2% 0,2% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 15,5%
Wood 9,5% 19,5% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,6% 0%
Animal Dung 0,2% 0,3% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 12,8% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 3,9%
From Cellphone 13,5%
From Work 2,1%
From Elsewhere 2,9%
No Access 77,5%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 12,9%
Owned and fully paid off 48,6%
Owned but not yet paid off 6,7%
Occupied rent free 28%
Other 3,8%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 75,9%
Borehole 20,3%
Spring 0,1%
Rain water tank 0,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,2%
River/Stream 0,3%
Water vendor 0,3%
Water tanker 1,5%
Other 1,2%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 12,7%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 74,4%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 4,7%
Chemical toilet 0,6%
Pit toilet with ventilation 1,2%
Pit toilet without ventilation 3%
Bucket toilet 1,5%
Other 1,8%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 52,6%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 4%
Communal refuse dump 3,1%
Own refuse dump 29,5%
No rubbish disposal 9,5%
Other 1,3%
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33,4% Unemployment rate.

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There are 15 264 people who are employed, while 3 014 are discouraged work-seekers. According to Census 2011, 7 672 people are unemployed, and the unemployment rate stands at 33,4%.

Of the youth aged 15–34, 6 741 are employed and 5 003 are unemployed. The unemployment rate for this group is 42,6%.

Employment Status Number
Employed 15264
Unemployed 7672
Discouraged Work Seeker 3014
Not Economically Active 22128
Income Percentage
None income 14,5%
R1 - R4,800 6%
R4,801 - R9,600 9,8%
R9,601 - R19,600 24,2%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,8%
R38,201 - R76,4000 10,2%
R76,401 - R153,800 6,3%
R153,801 - R307,600 4,1%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,5%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,3%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 1,778
Poultry production 2,433
Vegetable production 1,044
Production of other crops 1,658
Other 783

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 2,703
Mixed farming 787
Other 158

**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 1,339
R1-R4 800 183
R4 801-R38 400 2,699
R38 401-R307 200 748
R307 201+ 94
Unspecified 94

Place names

Places in Maquassi Hills Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population77,794
Young (0-14)33%
Working Age (15-64)61,8%
Elderly (65+)5,2%
Dependency ratio61,8
Sex ratio98,9
Growth rate1,19% (2001-2011)
Population density17 persons/km2
Unemployment rate33,4%
Youth unemployment rate42,6%
No schooling aged 20+23,5%
Higher education aged 20+4,7%
Matric aged 20+18,9%
Number of households20,505
Number of Agricultural households5,157
Average household size3,6
Female headed households34,2%
Formal dwellings81,9%
Housing owned/paying off55,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage74,4%
Weekly refuse removal52,6%
Piped water inside dwelling32,2%
Electricity for lighting82,8%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population69,037
Young (0-14)31,4%
Working Age (15-64)61,8%
Elderly (65+)4,8%
Dependency ratio56,8%
Sex ratio96
Growth rate2,41% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate41,8%
Youth unemployment rate52,6%
No schooling aged 20+34,6%
Higher education aged 20+3,6%
Matric aged 20+13,3%
Number of households17,075
Average household size4
Female headed households33,3%
Formal dwellings71,9%
Housing owned/paying off51,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage37,3%
Weekly refuse removal56,4%
Piped water inside dwelling20,3%
Electricity for lighting63,1%