Mogalakwena

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Mogalakwena has the largest population in the Waterberg. Mogalakwena has 307 682 residents compared to the 115 767 of Lephalale.

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The Mogalakwena Municipality, classified as a category B local municipality, was established on 5 December 2000 when various municipalities and councils that had previously served Potgietersrus and surrounding areas were integrated.

The following local authorities were amalgamated to form the new municipality:

  • The Greater Potgietersrus (Mokopane)
  • Bakenberg
  • Koedoesrand\Rebone

Mogalakwena Municipality is situated in the western quadrant of Limpopo, within the western district of the Waterberg Municipality, and is bordered by Aganang to the east, Mookgopong to the south, and Lephalale to the north.

The stunning bushveld environment and a multi-cultural community and history give Mokopane a unique character. The town and immediate surroundings boast fascinating ancient caves, the Big Five, San rock art, curios, typically bushveld food and drink such as biltong (dried meat) and mampoer (a potent drink), tropical gardens and traditional dancing.

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Greater Tubatse , Limpopo 335,676 19
uMhlathuze , KwaZulu-Natal 334,459 20
Thembisile , Mpumalanga 310,458 21
Mogalakwena , Limpopo 307,682 22
Govan Mbeki , Mpumalanga 294,538 23
Mafikeng , North West 291,527 24
Nyandeni , Eastern Cape 290,390 25
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15,9% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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Of the 307 682 residents of Mogalakwena Local Municipality, 96,1% are black African, 3% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 0,9%.

Of those aged 20 years and above, 18,2% completed/have some primary education, 35,6% have secondary education, 21,7% have completed matric, 8,5% have some form of higher education, and 16% have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African96,1%
Coloured0,1%
Indian/Asian0,5%
White3%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,3% 6,4%
5-9 5,5% 5,4%
10-14 5,4% 5,2%
15-19 6,1% 5,7%
20-24 4,7% 4,8%
25-29 3,5% 4%
30-34 2,7% 3,1%
35-39 2,3% 3%
40-44 1,9% 2,5%
45-49 1,8% 1,8%
50-54 1,5% 2,1%
55-59 1,3% 1,9%
60-64 1,1% 1,6%
65-69 0,8% 1,4%
70-74 0,8% 1,4%
75-79 0,4% 0,9%
80-84 0,3% 0,7%
85+ 0,2% 0,6%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 3,1%
English 1,4%
IsiNdebele 6,6%
IsiXhosa 0,2%
IsiZulu 0,8%
Sepedi 73,1%
Sesotho 2,2%
Setswana 0,9%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,5%
Xitsonga 9,1%
Other 1.3%
Not Applicable 0,6%
Group Percentage
Married 20%
Living together like married partners 2,2%
Never married 72,9%
Widower/Widow 4%
Separated 0,3%
Divorced 0,6%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,4%
Some Primary 43%
Completed Primary 6,3%
Some Secondary 37,8%
Completed Secondary 8,8%
Higher Education 1%
Not Applicable 0,7%
Sex Percentage
Female 53,3%
Male 46,7%
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91,8% Use electricity for lighting.

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According to Census 2011, there are 17 525 households of which 42,3% have access to piped water in the yard, while only 20,2% of households have access to piped water in their dwelling which is the lowest figure in the Waterberg District Municipality.

 

Area Percentage
Urban 27,3%
Tribal/Traditional 70,9%
Farm 1,8%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 88,1% 11,9%
Computer 11,9% 88,1%
Television 77,1% 22,9%
Satellite Television 20% 80%
Radio 61,8% 38,2%
Landline / Telephone 5% 95%
Motor Car 21,7% 78,3%
Refrigerator 75,1% 24,9%
Electric / Gas-Stove 76,7% 23,3%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 59,4% 53% 91,8%
Gas 2% 0,9% 0,1%
Paraffin 3,9% 1,3% 0,2%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 7,4%
Wood 34,3% 32,2% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,1% 12,2% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 3,2%
From Cellphone 13,1%
From Work 1,8%
From Elsewhere 4,4%
No Access 77,5%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 10%
Owned and fully paid off 53%
Owned but not yet paid off 4,3%
Occupied rent free 30,7%
Other 1,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 69,1%
Borehole 17,4%
Spring 0,3%
Rain water tank 0,6%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1,8%
River/Stream 1,3%
Water vendor 3,4%
Water tanker 3,2%
Other 2,8%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 3,1%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 25,8%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 1,9%
Chemical toilet 1%
Pit toilet with ventilation 11%
Pit toilet without ventilation 55,8%
Bucket toilet 0,9%
Other 0,6%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 26,8%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,4%
Communal refuse dump 1,3%
Own refuse dump 63,3%
No rubbish disposal 7,7%
Other 0,5%
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51,7% Youth unemployment rate.

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According to Census 2011, of the 78 647 economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) people in the district, 40,2% are unemployed. The unemployment rate of Mogalakwena is almost double that of the other municipalities in the district. This could be attributed to a reduction in mining activities in recent years.

Of the 39 515 economically active youth (15–35 years) in the area, 51,7% are unemployed, which is also the highest in the district.

Agricultural activities include farming of cattle, poultry, game and citrus.

Mining activities include platinum, clay (for bricks), granite, limestone, fluorspar, tin, and coal.

Employment Status Number
Employed 47038
Unemployed 31609
Discouraged Work Seeker 10072
Not Economically Active 90644
Income Percentage
None income 15,4%
R1 - R4,800 5,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 10,6%
R9,601 - R19,600 23,1%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,1%
R38,201 - R76,4000 10,2%
R76,401 - R153,800 6,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 4,4%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,9%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,4%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 8,463
Poultry production 9,217
Vegetable production 3,445
Production of other crops 10,693
Other 3,396

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 11,290
Mixed farming 4,184
Other 1,439

**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 8,720
R1-R4 800 634
R4 801-R38 400 13,956
R38 401-R307 200 2,309
R307 201+ 168
Unspecified 303

Place names

Places in Mogalakwena Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population307,682
Young (0-14)34,3%
Working Age (15-64)58,3%
Elderly (65+)7,4%
Dependency ratio71,5
Sex ratio87,6
Growth rate0,31% (2001-2011)
Population density50 persons/km2
Unemployment rate40,2%
Youth unemployment rate51,7%
No schooling aged 20+15,9%
Higher education aged 20+8,5%
Matric aged 20+21,7%
Number of households79,395
Number of Agricultural households26,089
Average household size3,8
Female headed households52,3%
Formal dwellings93,6%
Housing owned/paying off57,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage25,8%
Weekly refuse removal26,8%
Piped water inside dwelling20,2%
Electricity for lighting91,8%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population298,439
Young (0-14)38,7%
Working Age (15-64)58,3%
Elderly (65+)6,5%
Dependency ratio82,7%
Sex ratio84,9
Growth rate1,1% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate47,6%
Youth unemployment rate60,5%
No schooling aged 20+31,6%
Higher education aged 20+6,7%
Matric aged 20+14,2%
Number of households68,011
Average household size4,2
Female headed households54,7%
Formal dwellings85,4%
Housing owned/paying off44,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage20,5%
Weekly refuse removal16,9%
Piped water inside dwelling8,7%
Electricity for lighting70,4%