Ngqushwa

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According to Census 2011, Ngqushwa Local Municipality has a total population of 72 190.

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Ngqushwa Local Municipality, located in the Eastern Cape, is bounded on the east by the Great Fish River and on the south by the Indian Ocean. The municipality is an amalgamation of two towns namely, Hamburg and Peddie. It is one of the eight municipalities that fall under the Amathole District Municipality.

Source: Ngqushwa municipality website.

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13,7% aged 20+ had no formal schooling.

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According to Census 2011, Ngqushwa Local Municipality has a total population of 72 190. Nearly all of the people (99,2%) in the municipality are black African, 0,2% are coloured, with the other population groups making up the rest.Of those aged 20 years and older, 8,7% have completed primary school; 35,2% have some secondary education, 15% have completed matric, 3,9% have some form of higher education; and 13,7% have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African99,2%
Coloured0,2%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White0,4%
Other0,1%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,6% 5,7%
5-9 5,2% 4,9%
10-14 4,6% 4%
15-19 5,3% 4,6%
20-24 3,8% 3,4%
25-29 2,9% 2,9%
30-34 2,4% 2,5%
35-39 2,4% 2,8%
40-44 2,1% 2,9%
45-49 2,2% 2,2%
50-54 2,3% 3,1%
55-59 2,2% 2,8%
60-64 1,8% 2,5%
65-69 1,4% 2,1%
70-74 1,3% 2,1%
75-79 0,7% 1,6%
80-84 0,4% 1%
85+ 0,4% 0,8%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,6%
English 2,6%
IsiNdebele 0,3%
IsiXhosa 94,1%
IsiZulu 0,3%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,3%
Setswana 0,2%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.2%
Not Applicable 0,6%
Group Percentage
Married 21%
Living together like married partners 1,6%
Never married 67,6%
Widower/Widow 8%
Separated 1,1%
Divorced 0,6%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 1,9%
Some Primary 47,6%
Completed Primary 6,6%
Some Secondary 34,4%
Completed Secondary 8,2%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 0,6%
Sex Percentage
Female 52,9%
Male 47,1%
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91,4% have access to electricity

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There are 21 384 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,2 persons per household. Just over half  of households (51%) are headed by females.A very high proportion of households (91,4%) have access to electricity; while only 6,1% of households have access to piped water inside their dwellings.

Area Percentage
Urban 12%
Tribal/Traditional 86,9%
Farm 1,1%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 78,7% 21,3%
Computer 4% 96%
Television 71,2% 28,8%
Satellite Television 5,7% 94,3%
Radio 67,1% 32,9%
Landline / Telephone 4,2% 95,8%
Motor Car 12% 88%
Refrigerator 64,8% 35,2%
Electric / Gas-Stove 78,4% 21,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 71,7% 27,5% 91,4%
Gas 2,4% 1,5% 0,3%
Paraffin 8,4% 24,2% 6,1%
Solar 0,2% 0,1% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 1,6%
Wood 16,8% 28,6% 0%
Coal 0,1% 3,7% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 14,2% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 1,7%
From Cellphone 12,8%
From Work 1%
From Elsewhere 2%
No Access 82,5%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 3,8%
Owned and fully paid off 74,9%
Owned but not yet paid off 3,9%
Occupied rent free 13,6%
Other 3,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 66,5%
Borehole 0,9%
Spring 0,3%
Rain water tank 16,8%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 4,9%
River/Stream 2,1%
Water vendor 0,8%
Water tanker 4,5%
Other 3,1%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 4,9%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 4,7%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 1,2%
Chemical toilet 2,6%
Pit toilet with ventilation 33,2%
Pit toilet without ventilation 51,5%
Bucket toilet 0,1%
Other 1,9%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 6,7%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,5%
Communal refuse dump 1,8%
Own refuse dump 85,1%
No rubbish disposal 5,4%
Other 0,5%
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52,8% unemployment rate.

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There are 13 443 people that are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these 25,8% are unemployed.Of the 6 030 economically active youth (15–34 years) in the area, 64,1% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 6344
Unemployed 7099
Discouraged Work Seeker 5820
Not Economically Active 22688
Income Percentage
None income 16,1%
R1 - R4,800 7%
R4,801 - R9,600 9,3%
R9,601 - R19,600 31,3%
R19,601 - R38,200 22,6%
R38,201 - R76,4000 7,8%
R76,401 - R153,800 3,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 1,6%
R307,601 - R614,400 0,6%
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 9,318
Poultry production 6,818
Vegetable production 3,902
Production of other crops 705
Other 836

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 7,895
Mixed farming 3,486
Other 102

**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 3,072
R1-R4 800 567
R4 801-R38 400 7,735
R38 401-R307 200 602
R307 201+ 31
Unspecified 171

Place names

Places in Ngqushwa Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population72,190
Young (0-14)30%
Working Age (15-64)58,1%
Elderly (65+)11,9%
Dependency ratio72,1
Sex ratio88,9
Growth rate-1,54% (2001-2011)
Population density32 persons/km2
Unemployment rate52,8%
Youth unemployment rate64,1%
No schooling aged 20+13,7%
Higher education aged 20+3,9%
Matric aged 20+15%
Number of households21,384
Number of Agricultural households12,178
Average household size3,2
Female headed households51%
Formal dwellings72,1%
Housing owned/paying off78,8%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage4,7%
Weekly refuse removal6,7%
Piped water inside dwelling6,1%
Electricity for lighting91,4%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population84,233
Young (0-14)33,2%
Working Age (15-64)58,1%
Elderly (65+)9,8%
Dependency ratio75,2%
Sex ratio88,3
Growth rate-2,05% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate78%
Youth unemployment rate87,4%
No schooling aged 20+31%
Higher education aged 20+3,9%
Matric aged 20+10,3%
Number of households21,634
Average household size3,8
Female headed households55,1%
Formal dwellings62,1%
Housing owned/paying off67,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage2,8%
Weekly refuse removal2,4%
Piped water inside dwelling0,9%
Electricity for lighting69%