Mfolozi

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The total population of the municipality is 122 889.

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The municipality is named after the Mfolozi River, and forms part of the Uthungulu District Municipality. The Mfolozi Local Municipality is ideally placed for both industrial and residential development, as well as the expansion of its existing timber industry.

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Tswaing , North West 124,218 87
Ntabankulu , Eastern Cape 123,976 88
Ephraim Mogale , Limpopo 123,648 89
Mfolozi , KwaZulu-Natal 122,889 90
Amahlathi , Eastern Cape 122,778 91
Ngwathe , Free State 120,520 92
Emalahleni , Eastern Cape 119,460 93
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14,6% No schooling  aged 20+.

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When ranking the municipalities by population, Mfolozi takes third rank. 99,8% of the total population is black African, while the white population constitutes only 0,8% of the municipal population. 92,5% are Zulu speakers. Females are the dominant gender at 52,0% while males make up 48,0% of this population.

According to Census 2011 results, some primary education  for the population aged 6–13 was recorded as being 16.1%.  Only 30.3% of the population in the municipality have matric.

Group Percentage
Black African98,8%
Coloured0,2%
Indian/Asian0,2%
White0,8%
Other0,1%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,5% 6,7%
5-9 5,9% 5,7%
10-14 5,8% 5,5%
15-19 5,9% 5,7%
20-24 5,2% 5,6%
25-29 4,5% 4,9%
30-34 3,3% 3,4%
35-39 2,6% 2,6%
40-44 1,7% 2%
45-49 1,6% 1,6%
50-54 1,5% 2,1%
55-59 1,2% 1,4%
60-64 0,9% 1,1%
65-69 0,5% 0,8%
70-74 0,4% 0,8%
75-79 0,2% 0,5%
80-84 0,2% 0,5%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,7%
English 2,9%
IsiNdebele 1,5%
IsiXhosa 0,1%
IsiZulu 92,5%
Sepedi 0,3%
Sesotho 0,1%
Setswana 0,8%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.3%
Not Applicable 0,1%
Group Percentage
Married 15%
Living together like married partners 5,6%
Never married 77%
Widower/Widow 1,9%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 0,1%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,2%
Some Primary 44,7%
Completed Primary 5,9%
Some Secondary 32,9%
Completed Secondary 13,7%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 0,1%
Sex Percentage
Female 52%
Male 48%
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83,7% of the households use electricity for lighting.

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There are 25 584 households in the municipality. The average household size in the municipality is 4,6 and 72,6% of the households stay in formal dwellings.

Out of the total population of the municipality (122 889), only 17 157 are employed.  Youth unemployment in the municipality is sitting at 50,4%.

Of the total households, 10,5% have access to piped water inside the dwelling 5,5% have flush toilet connected to sewerage.

Area Percentage
Urban 2,3%
Tribal/Traditional 95,5%
Farm 2,1%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 89% 11%
Computer 6,3% 93,7%
Television 61,7% 38,3%
Satellite Television 10,6% 89,4%
Radio 64,4% 35,6%
Landline / Telephone 3,9% 96,1%
Motor Car 13,3% 86,7%
Refrigerator 62,7% 37,3%
Electric / Gas-Stove 66,8% 33,2%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 64,3% 54,4% 83,7%
Gas 3,3% 1,7% 0,4%
Paraffin 3,6% 2,5% 0,3%
Solar 0,2% 0,5% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 14,7%
Wood 27,2% 19,1% 0%
Coal 0,8% 1,5% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0,1% 0%
Other 0,2% 0% 0%
None 0,4% 20,3% 0,6%
Access Percentage
From Home 2,2%
From Cellphone 20,9%
From Work 1,8%
From Elsewhere 3,5%
No Access 71,5%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 11,4%
Owned and fully paid off 51,7%
Owned but not yet paid off 6,3%
Occupied rent free 28,9%
Other 1,7%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 64,7%
Borehole 12,2%
Spring 1,2%
Rain water tank 1,8%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 3,4%
River/Stream 6,3%
Water vendor 1,1%
Water tanker 7,1%
Other 2,2%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 12,8%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 5,5%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 5,1%
Chemical toilet 11,2%
Pit toilet with ventilation 21,9%
Pit toilet without ventilation 37,8%
Bucket toilet 1,9%
Other 3,8%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 7,2%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,7%
Communal refuse dump 2,2%
Own refuse dump 80,3%
No rubbish disposal 8,1%
Other 0,6%
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50,4%  Youth unemployment rate.

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Commercial timber and sugarcane production dominates the agricultural activity within the municipality.

Employment Status Number
Employed 16491
Unemployed 11952
Discouraged Work Seeker 7005
Not Economically Active 37629
Income Percentage
None income 14,7%
R1 - R4,800 5,5%
R4,801 - R9,600 10%
R9,601 - R19,600 22,9%
R19,601 - R38,200 23,7%
R38,201 - R76,4000 12,6%
R76,401 - R153,800 5,8%
R153,801 - R307,600 2,8%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,5%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,3%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,1%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 4,983
Poultry production 7,057
Vegetable production 5,845
Production of other crops 848
Other 879

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 5,572
Mixed farming 3,460
Other 150

**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 3,806
R1-R4 800 593
R4 801-R38 400 6,193
R38 401-R307 200 890
R307 201+ 85
Unspecified 369

Place names

Places in Mfolozi Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population122,889
Young (0-14)36,1%
Working Age (15-64)59,5%
Elderly (65+)4,4%
Dependency ratio68,2
Sex ratio92,4
Growth rate1,39% (2001-2011)
Population density102 persons/km2
Unemployment rate42%
Youth unemployment rate50,4%
No schooling aged 20+14,6%
Higher education aged 20+2,9%
Matric aged 20+30,3%
Number of households25,584
Number of Agricultural households11,935
Average household size4,6
Female headed households46,4%
Formal dwellings72,6%
Housing owned/paying off58%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage5,5%
Weekly refuse removal7,2%
Piped water inside dwelling10,5%
Electricity for lighting83,7%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population106,942
Young (0-14)40,1%
Working Age (15-64)59,5%
Elderly (65+)4,4%
Dependency ratio80,2%
Sex ratio87,4
Growth rate2,06% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate58,8%
Youth unemployment rate67,8%
No schooling aged 20+29,6%
Higher education aged 20+2,3%
Matric aged 20+13,3%
Number of households19,143
Average household size5,2
Female headed households43,9%
Formal dwellings53,6%
Housing owned/paying off66,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage11,9%
Weekly refuse removal8,5%
Piped water inside dwelling7,3%
Electricity for lighting51,9%