Molemole

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The municipality has a population of 108 321.

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Molemole Local Municipality is located about 60 km north of Polokwane within the Capricorn District. It is in the town of Mogwadi, formerly known as Dendron. The municipality is bordered to the south by Polokwane Municipality, to the north-west by Blouberg Municipality, to the south-east by Greater Letaba Municipality in Mopani District, and to the north by Makhado Municipality in Vhembe District. One national road, the N1, crosses through the municipal area linking Molemole with Zimbabwe to the north, whereas the provincial road P94/1 (R521) passes through the municipality and links Molemole to Botswana to the west. It is the smallest municipality in the Capricorn District with 14 wards. The municipality is named after one of the mountains surrounding the area.

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Theewaterskloof , Western Cape 108,790 102
Molemole , Limpopo 108,321 103
Ratlou , North West 107,339 104
uMshwathi , KwaZulu-Natal 106,374 105
Kagisano Molopo , North West 105,789 106
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20,2% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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Population by place

1996 2001 2011
Molemole 107 635 109 441 108 321
Capricorn 1 074 484 1 164 281 1 261 463
Limpopo 4 576 566 4 995 462 5 404 868
South Africa 40 583 573 44 819 778 51 770 560

The municipality has a population of 108 321 with 30 043 households. The average household size is 4,0. Most people speak Sepedi as first language at 87,8%, For every 100 females there are 80 males, and nine in ten people are black African. The age dependency ratio is 76%.

Group Percentage
Black African98,4%
Coloured0,1%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White1,1%
Other0,3%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,5% 6,6%
5-9 5,6% 5,5%
10-14 5,9% 5,5%
15-19 6,5% 6,1%
20-24 4,7% 4,5%
25-29 3,1% 3,9%
30-34 2,3% 2,9%
35-39 2% 2,9%
40-44 1,8% 2,6%
45-49 1,6% 1,6%
50-54 1,3% 2,1%
55-59 1,3% 1,8%
60-64 1,1% 1,7%
65-69 0,9% 1,3%
70-74 0,6% 1,3%
75-79 0,4% 0,9%
80-84 0,3% 0,9%
85+ 0,2% 0,7%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 1,2%
English 1,2%
IsiNdebele 0,8%
IsiXhosa 0,1%
IsiZulu 0,9%
Sepedi 86,4%
Sesotho 1%
Setswana 0,4%
Sign Language 0,1%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 1,9%
Xitsonga 2,1%
Other 2.3%
Not Applicable 1,6%
Group Percentage
Married 18,9%
Living together like married partners 3,3%
Never married 71,6%
Widower/Widow 5,3%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 0,5%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,8%
Some Primary 42,7%
Completed Primary 6,4%
Some Secondary 36,2%
Completed Secondary 7,6%
Higher Education 1,3%
Not Applicable 3%
Sex Percentage
Female 54%
Male 46%
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95,7% Use electricity for lighting.

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Between 2001 and 2011 there has been an increase in the number of households that have access to electricity, piped water and formal dwellings.

Area Percentage
Urban 8,4%
Tribal/Traditional 85,2%
Farm 6,4%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 87,3% 12,7%
Computer 9,9% 90,1%
Television 78,5% 21,5%
Satellite Television 15,9% 84,1%
Radio 64% 36%
Landline / Telephone 3,2% 96,8%
Motor Car 17,1% 82,9%
Refrigerator 72,7% 27,3%
Electric / Gas-Stove 80,3% 19,7%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 70,8% 67,2% 95,7%
Gas 1% 0,5% 0,1%
Paraffin 1,6% 0,9% 0,2%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 3,6%
Wood 26,3% 22,6% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,1% 8,4% 0,1%
Access Percentage
From Home 2,5%
From Cellphone 13,3%
From Work 1,6%
From Elsewhere 12,9%
No Access 69,8%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 9,9%
Owned and fully paid off 61,1%
Owned but not yet paid off 4,2%
Occupied rent free 23,5%
Other 1,3%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 46,1%
Borehole 24,2%
Spring 0,1%
Rain water tank 0,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,9%
River/Stream 0,7%
Water vendor 18,8%
Water tanker 5,6%
Other 3,3%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 3,8%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 13,2%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 2,3%
Chemical toilet 0,7%
Pit toilet with ventilation 18,3%
Pit toilet without ventilation 59,9%
Bucket toilet 0,6%
Other 1,2%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 5,6%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,4%
Communal refuse dump 1,7%
Own refuse dump 85,6%
No rubbish disposal 6,2%
Other 0,4%
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52,5% Youth unemployment rate.

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43% of the populationare not economically active. Molemole has significant potential in terms of tourism, due to its rich heritage and cultural resources and its location advantage (the N1 links Molemole to Zimbabwe). It has a railway line and the provincial road that links Zimbabwe is always congested with trucks that transport goods between South Africa and Zimbabwe. The development and packaging of the Tropic of Capricorn, shopping centres, the Motumo Trading Post, Machaka Game Reserve and other private game reserves have the potential to stimulate the influx of tourists and make Molemole a preferred tourism destination of choice.

Employment Status Number
Employed 15225
Unemployed 11344
Discouraged Work Seeker 2948
Not Economically Active 32080
Income Percentage
None income 14,6%
R1 - R4,800 5,7%
R4,801 - R9,600 11,9%
R9,601 - R19,600 27,9%
R19,601 - R38,200 21,9%
R38,201 - R76,4000 7,8%
R76,401 - R153,800 4,9%
R153,801 - R307,600 3,3%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,4%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,3%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 3,252
Poultry production 2,615
Vegetable production 1,464
Production of other crops 2,376
Other 1,168

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 3,983
Mixed farming 1,128
Other 470

**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 2,393
R1-R4 800 234
R4 801-R38 400 4,203
R38 401-R307 200 1,002
R307 201+ 81
Unspecified 90

Place names

Places in Molemole Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population108,321
Young (0-14)35,6%
Working Age (15-64)56,9%
Elderly (65+)7,6%
Dependency ratio75,9
Sex ratio85,4
Growth rate-0,1% (2001-2011)
Population density32 persons/km2
Unemployment rate42,7%
Youth unemployment rate52,5%
No schooling aged 20+20,2%
Higher education aged 20+8,9%
Matric aged 20+18,5%
Number of households30,043
Number of Agricultural households8,003
Average household size3,5
Female headed households53%
Formal dwellings95,8%
Housing owned/paying off65,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage13,2%
Weekly refuse removal5,6%
Piped water inside dwelling9,4%
Electricity for lighting95,7%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population109,441
Young (0-14)39%
Working Age (15-64)56,9%
Elderly (65+)6,7%
Dependency ratio84%
Sex ratio83,3
Growth rate0,33% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate39%
Youth unemployment rate46,4%
No schooling aged 20+37,6%
Higher education aged 20+6,3%
Matric aged 20+11,2%
Number of households27,888
Average household size3,7
Female headed households54,3%
Formal dwellings92,2%
Housing owned/paying off67%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage6,8%
Weekly refuse removal7%
Piped water inside dwelling4,1%
Electricity for lighting74,7%