Msinga

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Msinga has a household population of 177 577.

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Located in the Umzinyathi District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, Msinga Local Municipality comprises a rural-based subsistence economy with cultural heritage areas that attract some tourists, but that still need to be substantially developed.

Owing to its rugged terrain, Msinga’s population is relatively dispersed. Where services exist, they are concentrated along road infrastructure and water sources such as the Tugela River. The municipality is predominantly rural, with 99,1% of the population living in non-urban areas. The small urban town of Pomeroy is home to only 0,9% of the municipality’s population.

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Albert Luthuli , Mpumalanga 186,010 55
Umzimkhulu , KwaZulu-Natal 180,302 56
Greater Taung , North West 177,642 57
Msinga , KwaZulu-Natal 177,577 58
Mtubatuba , KwaZulu-Natal 175,425 59
Mkhondo , Mpumalanga 171,982 60
Ditsobotla , North West 168,902 61
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41,2% Of those aged 20years and older have no schooling.

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99,6% of the 177 577 residents of Msinga Local Municipality are black African. Of those aged 20 years and, 2 out of every 5 individuals (41,2%) do not have any form of formal schooling. Only 17,0% have completed matric, and 3,2% have some form of higher education.

Group Percentage
Black African99,6%
Coloured0,1%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White0,2%
Other0,1%
Age Males Females
0-4 7,9% 7,9%
5-9 7,2% 7%
10-14 7,1% 6,7%
15-19 6,6% 6,8%
20-24 3,2% 4,7%
25-29 2,1% 3,9%
30-34 1,6% 3%
35-39 1,5% 2,6%
40-44 1,2% 2,2%
45-49 1,1% 1,1%
50-54 0,9% 1,8%
55-59 0,9% 1,8%
60-64 0,9% 1,8%
65-69 0,5% 1,1%
70-74 0,4% 1%
75-79 0,2% 0,6%
80-84 0,2% 0,7%
85+ 0,1% 0,6%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,3%
English 0,9%
IsiNdebele 1,3%
IsiXhosa 0,1%
IsiZulu 95,6%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,1%
Setswana 0,5%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.1%
Not Applicable 0,6%
Group Percentage
Married 9,4%
Living together like married partners 10,4%
Never married 75,7%
Widower/Widow 3,9%
Separated 0,6%
Divorced 0,1%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 4,8%
Some Primary 51,5%
Completed Primary 6,8%
Some Secondary 27,6%
Completed Secondary 8,4%
Higher Education 0,4%
Not Applicable 0,6%
Sex Percentage
Female 56,6%
Male 43,4%
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25,1% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 37 724 households in Msinga, with an average household size of 4,6 persons per household. 66,7% of all households are headed by females.

In terms of services, only 3,7% of households have access to piped water within the dwelling. 1 in 4 households (25,1%) have access to electricity for lighting, and only 1,3% have their refuse removed weekly by the local municipality.

Area Percentage
Urban 0,9%
Tribal/Traditional 95,5%
Farm 3,6%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 75,4% 24,6%
Computer 2,6% 97,4%
Television 27,6% 72,4%
Satellite Television 5,2% 94,8%
Radio 62,9% 37,1%
Landline / Telephone 2,3% 97,7%
Motor Car 10,4% 89,6%
Refrigerator 22,7% 77,3%
Electric / Gas-Stove 19,7% 80,3%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 13,8% 12,7% 25,1%
Gas 4,7% 2,8% 0,7%
Paraffin 5,2% 3% 1%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 5,4%
Candles 0% 0% 66,5%
Wood 73,6% 75,5% 0%
Coal 1,4% 2,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0,7% 0,7% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 3,1% 1,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 0,8%
From Cellphone 9,9%
From Work 1,2%
From Elsewhere 1,4%
No Access 86,6%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 5%
Owned and fully paid off 59,9%
Owned but not yet paid off 10,3%
Occupied rent free 22,6%
Other 2,2%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 23,1%
Borehole 24,6%
Spring 7,2%
Rain water tank 1,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 3,3%
River/Stream 32,9%
Water vendor 1,4%
Water tanker 4,8%
Other 1,5%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 23,4%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 1,7%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 1,6%
Chemical toilet 7,5%
Pit toilet with ventilation 35,3%
Pit toilet without ventilation 26,1%
Bucket toilet 0,5%
Other 3,9%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 1,3%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,7%
Communal refuse dump 1,4%
Own refuse dump 72,5%
No rubbish disposal 21,8%
Other 2,3%
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49,5% unemployment rate.

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49,5% of the 17 109 economically active individuals (i.e. those who are employed or unemployed but looking for work) are unemployed. Of the 9 650 economically active youth (15–34 years) in the municipality, 58,2% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 8632
Unemployed 8477
Discouraged Work Seeker 17670
Not Economically Active 55452
Income Percentage
None income 11,8%
R1 - R4,800 7,6%
R4,801 - R9,600 16%
R9,601 - R19,600 28,9%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,4%
R38,201 - R76,4000 6,6%
R76,401 - R153,800 3,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 1,9%
R307,601 - R614,400 0,9%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,1%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,1%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 14,283
Poultry production 12,051
Vegetable production 4,892
Production of other crops 660
Other 542

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 14,524
Mixed farming 4,276
Other 106

**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 7,867
R1-R4 800 1,234
R4 801-R38 400 9,729
R38 401-R307 200 569
R307 201+ 103
Unspecified 497

Place names

Places in Msinga Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population177,577
Young (0-14)43,7%
Working Age (15-64)50,8%
Elderly (65+)5,5%
Dependency ratio96,8
Sex ratio76,8
Growth rate0,6% (2001-2011)
Population density71 persons/km2
Unemployment rate49,5%
Youth unemployment rate58,2%
No schooling aged 20+41,2%
Higher education aged 20+3,2%
Matric aged 20+17%
Number of households37,724
Number of Agricultural households19,999
Average household size4,6
Female headed households66,7%
Formal dwellings32,5%
Housing owned/paying off70,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage1,7%
Weekly refuse removal1,3%
Piped water inside dwelling3,7%
Electricity for lighting25,1%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population167,274
Young (0-14)47%
Working Age (15-64)50,8%
Elderly (65+)5,8%
Dependency ratio111,7%
Sex ratio71,8
Growth rate0,87% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate78,7%
Youth unemployment rate85%
No schooling aged 20+68,2%
Higher education aged 20+2,4%
Matric aged 20+5,7%
Number of households32,369
Average household size5,1
Female headed households68,9%
Formal dwellings17,9%
Housing owned/paying off75,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage2,9%
Weekly refuse removal1,6%
Piped water inside dwelling1,1%
Electricity for lighting8,6%