Mookgopong

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According to Census 2011, of the 35 640 people in Mookgophong Local Municipality.

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Mookgophong is a charming and thriving town in the Waterberg encircled by peaceful nature reserves and steaming hot springs. The Bushveld climate and attractive resorts in the area attract holidaymakers all year round.

Mookgophong (previously known as Naboomspruit) dates back to the late 1800’s when it was a rest station for the Pretoria-Polokwane mail coach. Although the little village eventually developed around the railway station on the farm Naboomspruit, Mookgophong owes its growth largely to the discovery of minerals in the area in the early 1900’s. The discovery of tin led to a “tin rush” in 1910 and turned this little village into a boom town of restaurants, cabarets and trading stores. The discovery of platinum in later years added to the town’s expansion.The town is named after the euphorbia tree. The new name Mookgophong has the same meaning as the original Naboomspruit.

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12% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, of the 35 640 people in Mookgophong Local Municipality, 85,6% are black African, 13,2% are white, with the other population groups making up the remaining 1,2%.

Most of those aged 20 years and older (37,7%) have some secondary education, 23,2% have completed matric, 19,8% have some primary education and 7,3% have some form of higher education. Of the mentioned age group, 12,0% have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African85,6%
Coloured0,4%
Indian/Asian0,2%
White13,2%
Other0,6%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,6% 5,5%
5-9 3,5% 3,8%
10-14 3,6% 3,6%
15-19 3,8% 3,5%
20-24 6,3% 4,9%
25-29 6,4% 5,1%
30-34 4,7% 3,8%
35-39 3,7% 3,6%
40-44 3% 3,2%
45-49 2,5% 2,5%
50-54 2,2% 1,9%
55-59 1,6% 1,7%
60-64 1,5% 1,5%
65-69 1,1% 1,2%
70-74 0,9% 1%
75-79 0,5% 0,7%
80-84 0,4% 0,4%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 13,1%
English 2,5%
IsiNdebele 2,9%
IsiXhosa 0,5%
IsiZulu 1,2%
Sepedi 50,2%
Sesotho 6,2%
Setswana 1,3%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0,2%
Tshivenda 1,6%
Xitsonga 12,3%
Other 6.2%
Not Applicable 1,6%
Group Percentage
Married 27,6%
Living together like married partners 7,9%
Never married 60,8%
Widower/Widow 2,6%
Separated 0,3%
Divorced 0,9%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 4,1%
Some Primary 40,1%
Completed Primary 7,3%
Some Secondary 36%
Completed Secondary 10,6%
Higher Education 1,2%
Not Applicable 0,8%
Sex Percentage
Female 48,6%
Male 51,4%
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85,3% Use electricity for lighting.

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The majority of the 9 918 households in the area have access to piped water in the dwelling (41,6%) or in the yard (49,8%). Only 2,6% of households do not have access to piped water.

 

Area Percentage
Urban 72,7%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 27,3%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 86,8% 13,2%
Computer 15,1% 84,9%
Television 70,8% 29,2%
Satellite Television 21,6% 78,4%
Radio 61,9% 38,1%
Landline / Telephone 11,6% 88,4%
Motor Car 27,1% 72,9%
Refrigerator 60,4% 39,6%
Electric / Gas-Stove 72,7% 27,3%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 76% 61,7% 85,4%
Gas 2,6% 1% 0,2%
Paraffin 3,5% 1,3% 0,3%
Solar 0,2% 0,6% 0,1%
Candles 0% 0% 13,8%
Wood 17,4% 17,8% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,1% 17,4% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 5,2%
From Cellphone 19,1%
From Work 2%
From Elsewhere 2,8%
No Access 70,9%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 28,4%
Owned and fully paid off 40,6%
Owned but not yet paid off 4,1%
Occupied rent free 23,1%
Other 3,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 66,4%
Borehole 27,4%
Spring 0,2%
Rain water tank 0,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1,4%
River/Stream 0,7%
Water vendor 0,2%
Water tanker 2,7%
Other 0,7%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 5,3%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 61,4%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 5,3%
Chemical toilet 0,9%
Pit toilet with ventilation 3,2%
Pit toilet without ventilation 19,3%
Bucket toilet 2%
Other 2,7%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 64%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1%
Communal refuse dump 2,1%
Own refuse dump 27,5%
No rubbish disposal 4,3%
Other 1,1%
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29,2% Youth unemployment rate.

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Of the 15 791 economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) people in the municipality, 23,5% are unemployed.

29,2% of the 8 654 economically active youth (15–35 years) in the area are unemployed.

Agricultural activities include cattle, poultry, game, maize, wheat, sunflower, grapes, citrus and vegetables.

Employment Status Number
Employed 12086
Unemployed 3705
Discouraged Work Seeker 914
Not Economically Active 7390
Income Percentage
None income 11,5%
R1 - R4,800 3,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 6,7%
R9,601 - R19,600 24,4%
R19,601 - R38,200 24,9%
R38,201 - R76,4000 14,2%
R76,401 - R153,800 7,5%
R153,801 - R307,600 4,5%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,1%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,6%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 331
Poultry production 339
Vegetable production 484
Production of other crops 783
Other 308

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 334
Mixed farming 201
Other 110

**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 387
R1-R4 800 46
R4 801-R38 400 765
R38 401-R307 200 301
R307 201+ 55
Unspecified 43

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Places in Mookgopong Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population35,640
Young (0-14)25,7%
Working Age (15-64)67,6%
Elderly (65+)6,7%
Dependency ratio47,9
Sex ratio105,9
Growth rate0,31% (2001-2011)
Population density6 persons/km2
Unemployment rate23,5%
Youth unemployment rate29,2%
No schooling aged 20+12%
Higher education aged 20+7,3%
Matric aged 20+23,1%
Number of households9,918
Number of Agricultural households1,597
Average household size3,1
Female headed households37,2%
Formal dwellings89,3%
Housing owned/paying off44,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage61,4%
Weekly refuse removal64,1%
Piped water inside dwelling41,6%
Electricity for lighting85,3%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population34,541
Young (0-14)28,4%
Working Age (15-64)67,6%
Elderly (65+)6,2%
Dependency ratio52,8%
Sex ratio100,7
Growth rate15,8% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate17%
Youth unemployment rate22,3%
No schooling aged 20+25,4%
Higher education aged 20+5,4%
Matric aged 20+14,3%
Number of households7,561
Average household size3,1
Female headed households33,2%
Formal dwellings69,8%
Housing owned/paying off34,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage45%
Weekly refuse removal37,7%
Piped water inside dwelling20,3%
Electricity for lighting56,8%