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MIER Local Municipality is situated adjacent to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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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

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Laingsburg , Western Cape 8,289 225
Mier , Northern Cape 7,003 226
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9,1% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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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.

Group Percentage
Black African4%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,9% 4,9%
5-9 5,6% 5,6%
10-14 4,9% 4,7%
15-19 4,9% 4,8%
20-24 4,2% 4%
25-29 3,9% 2,9%
30-34 3,2% 3,1%
35-39 3,6% 3%
40-44 3,3% 3,1%
45-49 2,8% 2,8%
50-54 2,4% 2%
55-59 1,7% 2,5%
60-64 1,8% 1,6%
65-69 1,1% 1,2%
70-74 1% 0,9%
75-79 0,5% 0,7%
80-84 0,3% 0,4%
85+ 0,4% 0,6%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 92,8%
English 0,7%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 0,1%
IsiZulu 0,1%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,1%
Setswana 0,8%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.2%
Not Applicable 4,4%
Group Percentage
Married 25,7%
Living together like married partners 5,8%
Never married 62,5%
Widower/Widow 4,2%
Separated 0,9%
Divorced 0,9%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2%
Some Primary 48%
Completed Primary 7,1%
Some Secondary 30,5%
Completed Secondary 7,2%
Higher Education 0,8%
Not Applicable 4,3%
Sex Percentage
Female 48,6%
Male 51,4%
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74,3% Use electricity for lighting.

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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.

Area Percentage
Urban 69,2%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 30,8%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 76,5% 23,5%
Computer 11,1% 88,9%
Television 52,8% 47,2%
Satellite Television 29,3% 70,7%
Radio 24,5% 75,5%
Landline / Telephone 5% 95%
Motor Car 30,3% 69,7%
Refrigerator 66% 34%
Electric / Gas-Stove 84,2% 15,8%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 66,9% 42,3% 74,3%
Gas 16,9% 4,8% 0,5%
Paraffin 0% 0,3% 1,2%
Solar 0,3% 1% 8,1%
Candles 0% 0% 15,2%
Wood 15,6% 18% 0%
Coal 0% 0% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 33,8% 0,7%
Access Percentage
From Home 3%
From Cellphone 12,7%
From Work 2,5%
From Elsewhere 0,3%
No Access 81,4%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 13,6%
Owned and fully paid off 54,8%
Owned but not yet paid off 3,1%
Occupied rent free 26,6%
Other 1,8%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 63,3%
Borehole 26,9%
Spring 0,2%
Rain water tank 0,5%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,3%
River/Stream 0%
Water vendor 0,3%
Water tanker 4,3%
Other 4,2%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 11,3%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 40,6%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 11%
Chemical toilet 0,2%
Pit toilet with ventilation 27,9%
Pit toilet without ventilation 5,3%
Bucket toilet 3,1%
Other 0,6%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
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%
Other 0,7%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
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%
Other 0,7%
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35,2% Youth unemployment rate.

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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.


Employment Status Number
Employed 1301
Unemployed 581
Discouraged Work Seeker 288
Not Economically Active 2119
Income Percentage
None income 9%
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%
R2,457,601+ 0%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 524
Poultry production 204
Vegetable production 7
Production of other crops 4
Other 2

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 1
Animals only 569
Mixed farming 11
Other 1

**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 152
R1-R4 800 6
R4 801-R38 400 287
R38 401-R307 200 102
R307 201+ 17
Unspecified 19

Place names

Places in Mier Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population7,003
Young (0-14)31,6%
Working Age (15-64)61,2%
Elderly (65+)7,1%
Dependency ratio63,3
Sex ratio105,7
Growth rate-0,29% (2001-2011)
Population density0 persons/km2
Unemployment rate30,9%
Youth unemployment rate35,2%
No schooling aged 20+9,1%
Higher education aged 20+5,1%
Matric aged 20+14,9%
Number of households1,784
Number of Agricultural households583
Average household size3,7
Female headed households29,7%
Formal dwellings89,9%
Housing owned/paying off57,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage40,6%
Weekly refuse removal51,1%
Piped water inside dwelling32,6%
Electricity for lighting74,3%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population7,207
Young (0-14)37,3%
Working Age (15-64)61,2%
Elderly (65+)5,5%
Dependency ratio74,6%
Sex ratio91,8
Growth rate0,51% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate30,4%
Youth unemployment rate41%
No schooling aged 20+19,9%
Higher education aged 20+4,2%
Matric aged 20+11,6%
Number of households1,670
Average household size4
Female headed households30,1%
Formal dwellings75,8%
Housing owned/paying off57,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage29,2%
Weekly refuse removal19,7%
Piped water inside dwelling24,1%
Electricity for lighting56,5%