MIER Local Municipality is situated adjacent to one of the world’s largest conservation areas, namely the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and comprises a municipality bigger than the Free State province. Rietfontein, which is the main town, is situated approximately 280km north-west from the nearest big town of Upington. Mier Local Municipality borders with Namibia in the west, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the north, and Botswana in the north-east. It forms part of the Siyanda District Municipality. Mier Local Municipality consists of nine small towns, namely Rietfontein, Philandersbron, Loubos, Klein Mier, Groot Mier, Welkom, Askham, Noenieput and the !Khomani San community within its jurisdiction.
The name “Mier” is an Afrikaans word that originates from the word “mere” which means “lakes”. When German missionaries visited the area a long time ago, they found the pans in the area full of water that they called them “mere”. As language changed, the people later pronounced it as “mier”. Area: 22 468km²
|Rank view all|
|Ikwezi , Eastern Cape||10,537||223|
|Kamiesberg , Northern Cape||10,187||224|
|Laingsburg , Western Cape||8,289||225|
|Mier , Northern Cape||7,003||226|
More than half of the 7 003 people living in Mier have never left the area. Even so, the biggest asset of Mier is the rich culture and history of its people. One of the world’s ancient tribes, the !Khomani San, owns farms in the Mier area.
Mier is the municipal district in South Africa with the highest percentage (99%) of Afrikaans speakers.Only 1% of its population speaks English.
More than 70% of the residents of Philandersbron carry the surname “Philander” – some spelt with a “Ph”, some with a “V”.. The burial place of their ancestor, Dirk Philander, can be seen in Philandersbron.
In the Mier District, primary and secondary education is provided, with schools in Philandersbron, Rietfontein, Loubos, Klein Mier, Welkom and Askham.
|Living together like married partners||5,8%|
The unemployment rate is 30,90%, and the youth unemployment rate stands at 35,2%.
The municipality has approximately 1 784 households, and the population has a relatively high access to electricity at 74,27% overall.
A total of 92,95% of the households have access to water, either bulk, full, intermediate, informal intermediate or basic supply, and 51,63% of the population have access to a flush toilet, 18,55% have access to internet facilities, and 65,75% have access to refuse removal.
|Landline / Telephone||5%||95%|
|Electric / Gas-Stove||84,2%||15,8%|
|Owned and fully paid off||54,8%|
|Owned but not yet paid off||3,1%|
|Occupied rent free||26,6%|
|Source of water||Percentage|
|Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider)||63,3%|
|Rain water tank||0,5%|
|Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system)||40,6%|
|Flush toilet (with septic tank)||11%|
|Pit toilet with ventilation||27,9%|
|Pit toilet without ventilation||5,3%|
|Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week||51,1%|
|Removed by local authority/private company less often||14,6%|
|Communal refuse dump||1,2%|
|Own refuse dump||22,2%|
|No rubbish disposal||10,1%|
Agriculture, business services, salt working projects, hunting activities on game farms (Pulai, Lorreto and Tween Dabbas), the KgalagadiTransfrontier Park, guest houses and lodges, the Kalahari tourism tented camp, manufacturing, transport (taxis), individual enterprises– community, and social and personal services (catering), and vegetable gardens.
One of the world’s ancient tribes, the !Khomani San, owns farms in the Mier area. Members of the !Khomani San produce and sell authentic San weapons like bows and arrows and curios like beads made from ostrich egg shells or bags made from animal skins.
The Bloodhound Project (the fastest car in the world) will take place in Hakskeenpan in 2013/214, and the Speedweek also takes place in Hakskeenpan on an annual basis.
Mier is any hunter’s dream. The Mier municipality owns 30 000ha of game farms. These and other, privately owned game farms offer hunting opportunities and provide facilities for biltong making. The services of trained hunting guides, field guides and tour guides can be obtained through the municipal offices.
The Mier area is sheep and game farming area. The lack of fresh water is a major constraint on development in the Mier area, since water pumped from underground sources is of poor quality. Efforts are currently being made to extend the Kalahari East pipeline to Mier, to provide the much needed resource.
|Discouraged Work Seeker||288|
|Not Economically Active||2119|
|R1 - R4,800||3,7%|
|R4,801 - R9,600||7,9%|
|R9,601 - R19,600||22,8%|
|R19,601 - R38,200||24,5%|
|R38,201 - R76,4000||14,6%|
|R76,401 - R153,800||8,7%|
|R153,801 - R307,600||5,6%|
|R307,601 - R614,400||2,8%|
|R614,001 - R1,228,800||0,3%|
|R1,228,801 - R2,457,600||0,2%|
|Type of specific activity||Number|
|Production of other crops||4|
**An agricultural household may engage in more than one agricultural activity
|Type of activity||Number|
**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|
|R4 801-R38 400||287|
|R38 401-R307 200||102|
|Agricultural households municipal data per province|
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|Working Age (15-64)||61,2%|
|Growth rate||-0,29% (2001-2011)|
|Population density||0 persons/km2|
|Youth unemployment rate||35,2%|
|No schooling aged 20+||9,1%|
|Higher education aged 20+||5,1%|
|Matric aged 20+||14,9%|
|Number of households||1,784|
|Number of Agricultural households||583|
|Average household size||3,7|
|Female headed households||29,7%|
|Housing owned/paying off||57,9%|
|Flush toilet connected to sewerage||40,6%|
|Weekly refuse removal||51,1%|
|Piped water inside dwelling||32,6%|
|Electricity for lighting||74,3%|
|Working Age (15-64)||61,2%|
|Growth rate||0,51% (2001-2011)|
|Youth unemployment rate||41%|
|No schooling aged 20+||19,9%|
|Higher education aged 20+||4,2%|
|Matric aged 20+||11,6%|
|Number of households||1,670|
|Average household size||4|
|Female headed households||30,1%|
|Housing owned/paying off||57,3%|
|Flush toilet connected to sewerage||29,2%|
|Weekly refuse removal||19,7%|
|Piped water inside dwelling||24,1%|
|Electricity for lighting||56,5%|