Modimolle

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According to Census 2011, Modimolle Local Municipality has a total population of 68 513 people.

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Modimolle Local Municipality is named after the Modimolle mountain. The word Modimolle literally means “the forefather’s spirit has eaten” (Modimo o lle). According to tradition, it often happened that someone would climb the mountain, only to disappear without a trace.

 The original name was Nylstroom, named so after the Voortrekkers had come across the north-flowing river and mistook it for the Nile River in Egypt. The fact that there is a pyramid-shaped hill close by only served to strengthen this misconception.

Modimolle, Limpopo, South Africa is a charming town with an expanding business sector which serves as the commercial centre of the Waterberg. Nylstroom (Modimolle) is famous for its export of grapes and other soft fruits like peaches and watermelons.

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10,6% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, Modimolle Local Municipality has a total population of 68 513 people. The majority of the population (88,1%) is black African, followed by whites at 10,8%. The other population groups make up the remaining 1,1%.

Amongst those aged 20 years and older, 23,9 completed/have some primary education, 34,7 have secondary education, 22,0% have completed matric, 8,7% have some form of higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African88,1%
Coloured0,4%
Indian/Asian0,4%
White10,8%
Other0,3%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,9% 5,9%
5-9 5,1% 4,8%
10-14 4,6% 4,5%
15-19 4,8% 4,3%
20-24 5,4% 4,9%
25-29 5,3% 4,6%
30-34 4,2% 3,7%
35-39 3,6% 3,5%
40-44 2,7% 2,8%
45-49 2,3% 2,3%
50-54 1,8% 1,9%
55-59 1,5% 1,6%
60-64 1% 1,2%
65-69 0,9% 1%
70-74 0,7% 0,9%
75-79 0,4% 0,5%
80-84 0,2% 0,4%
85+ 0,2% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 10,6%
English 1,9%
IsiNdebele 1,3%
IsiXhosa 0,4%
IsiZulu 1%
Sepedi 61,8%
Sesotho 3,3%
Setswana 5%
Sign Language 0,3%
SiSwati 0,2%
Tshivenda 1,5%
Xitsonga 9,2%
Other 2.2%
Not Applicable 1,3%
Group Percentage
Married 22,3%
Living together like married partners 7,9%
Never married 66%
Widower/Widow 2,4%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 1%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 4,9%
Some Primary 45,1%
Completed Primary 7,7%
Some Secondary 31,1%
Completed Secondary 9,3%
Higher Education 0,9%
Not Applicable 1%
Sex Percentage
Female 49,4%
Male 50,6%
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83,3% Use electricity for lighting.

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Of the 17 525 households, 50,2% have piped water in their yards. 35,7% of households have piped water in the dwelling, and 3,7% have no access to piped water.

 

Area Percentage
Urban 85%
Tribal/Traditional 2,3%
Farm 12,7%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 88,4% 11,6%
Computer 17% 83%
Television 72,1% 27,9%
Satellite Television 26,6% 73,4%
Radio 63% 37%
Landline / Telephone 10,3% 89,7%
Motor Car 27,3% 72,7%
Refrigerator 63,8% 36,2%
Electric / Gas-Stove 75,7% 24,3%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 74,5% 65,3% 83,3%
Gas 4% 2,1% 0,1%
Paraffin 7,2% 1,9% 0,5%
Solar 0,2% 0,3% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 15,7%
Wood 13,8% 14,2% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,2% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,1% 16% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 5,8%
From Cellphone 12,8%
From Work 4,2%
From Elsewhere 4%
No Access 73,2%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 20%
Owned and fully paid off 50,2%
Owned but not yet paid off 4,8%
Occupied rent free 22,1%
Other 2,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 78,7%
Borehole 13,3%
Spring 0,3%
Rain water tank 0,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,8%
River/Stream 0,2%
Water vendor 0,4%
Water tanker 3,9%
Other 2,1%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 3%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 66,1%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 6,6%
Chemical toilet 0,2%
Pit toilet with ventilation 2,5%
Pit toilet without ventilation 16,6%
Bucket toilet 1,3%
Other 3,7%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 73,3%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,8%
Communal refuse dump 1,1%
Own refuse dump 19,7%
No rubbish disposal 3,7%
Other 1,4%
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28,9% Youth unemployment rate.

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Of the 25 353 economically active (employed or unemployed and looking for work) people in the municipality, 22,2% are unemployed.

28,9% of the 11 094 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area are unemployed.

Agricultural commodities include grapes, sheep and cattle, game, nuts, vegetables, and grain.

Employment Status Number
Employed 19719
Unemployed 5634
Discouraged Work Seeker 1416
Not Economically Active 16912
Income Percentage
None income 10,4%
R1 - R4,800 3,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 7,3%
R9,601 - R19,600 18,8%
R19,601 - R38,200 23,7%
R38,201 - R76,4000 16%
R76,401 - R153,800 10,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 6,6%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,6%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,7%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 434
Poultry production 948
Vegetable production 792
Production of other crops 1,034
Other 502

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 852
Mixed farming 380
Other 205

**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 656
R1-R4 800 97
R4 801-R38 400 1,426
R38 401-R307 200 498
R307 201+ 67
Unspecified 50

Place names

Places in Modimolle Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population68,513
Young (0-14)30,8%
Working Age (15-64)63,8%
Elderly (65+)5,4%
Dependency ratio56,8
Sex ratio102,5
Growth rate-0,07% (2001-2011)
Population density15 persons/km2
Unemployment rate22,2%
Youth unemployment rate28,9%
No schooling aged 20+10,6%
Higher education aged 20+8,7%
Matric aged 20+22%
Number of households17,525
Number of Agricultural households2,792
Average household size3,6
Female headed households39,5%
Formal dwellings87,5%
Housing owned/paying off54,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage66,1%
Weekly refuse removal73,3%
Piped water inside dwelling35,7%
Electricity for lighting83,3%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population69,027
Young (0-14)32%
Working Age (15-64)63,8%
Elderly (65+)5,6%
Dependency ratio60,3%
Sex ratio99,3
Growth rate7,81% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate25,1%
Youth unemployment rate32,2%
No schooling aged 20+22,6%
Higher education aged 20+6,7%
Matric aged 20+15,3%
Number of households16,964
Average household size3,4
Female headed households34,5%
Formal dwellings50,6%
Housing owned/paying off39%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage37,6%
Weekly refuse removal39,7%
Piped water inside dwelling26,6%
Electricity for lighting54,3%