Port St Johns

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According to Census 2011, the population comprises 156 136 persons.

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Port St John’s forms part of the O.R. Tambo District Municipality. It is bounded on the eastern side by the Indian Ocean. To the north-east, it is bounded by the Mzintlava River and Ingquza Hill Local Municipality. It is constituted by one magisterial area, viz. Port St John’s. The municipality is largely rural/traditional in character and the main economic activity is subsistence farming.

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Population that is 20 years and older, without any education was 23,5% in 2011, whereas it was 46,7% in 2001

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According to Census 2011, the population comprises 156 136 persons, of which 71 482 are male and 84 654 are female.

The municipality has a surface area of 1 291 km2 and the density is 120.9 persons per square kilometre. According to Census 2011, the population constitutes 11,4% of the population of the district.

Group Percentage
Black African99,3%
Coloured0,4%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White0,2%
Other0%
Age Males Females
0-4 7,3% 7,2%
5-9 7,1% 7,1%
10-14 7,2% 6,7%
15-19 7,3% 7,2%
20-24 4,1% 4,5%
25-29 2,6% 3,2%
30-34 1,8% 2,7%
35-39 1,5% 2,4%
40-44 1,1% 2,2%
45-49 1,1% 1,1%
50-54 1,1% 2%
55-59 1% 1,5%
60-64 0,9% 1,5%
65-69 0,5% 1%
70-74 0,6% 1,2%
75-79 0,3% 0,8%
80-84 0,2% 0,6%
85+ 0,1% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,5%
English 2,6%
IsiNdebele 0,2%
IsiXhosa 94,6%
IsiZulu 0,5%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,2%
Setswana 0,1%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.1%
Not Applicable 0,4%
Group Percentage
Married 15,4%
Living together like married partners 1,3%
Never married 77,7%
Widower/Widow 4,9%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 0,2%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,4%
Some Primary 56,8%
Completed Primary 7,1%
Some Secondary 27,3%
Completed Secondary 5%
Higher Education 0,3%
Not Applicable 0,3%
Sex Percentage
Female 54,2%
Male 45,8%
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 67,8% of the population used electricity for lighting.

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65,3% of the population did not have access to piped/tap water in 2011, compared to the figure of 81,2% in 2001. Although this is a significant decrease, it still has health implications.

 

32,1% of the population does not have access to toilet facilities. The bulk of the population, (54,2%) utilises pit toilets and only 3,0% utilise flush toilets that are connected to a sewerage system.

 

 

Area Percentage
Urban 0,7%
Tribal/Traditional 99,3%
Farm 0%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 75,9% 24,1%
Computer 2,2% 97,8%
Television 40,9% 59,1%
Satellite Television 8,4% 91,6%
Radio 46,3% 53,7%
Landline / Telephone 2,3% 97,7%
Motor Car 7% 93%
Refrigerator 28% 72%
Electric / Gas-Stove 47,2% 52,8%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 31,2% 17% 67,8%
Gas 3% 1,5% 0,4%
Paraffin 4,9% 5,6% 1,6%
Solar 0,1% 0,2% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 29,4%
Wood 60,1% 68,7% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,4% 0%
Animal Dung 0,2% 0,2% 0%
Other 0,2% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 6,4% 0,5%
Access Percentage
From Home 1,2%
From Cellphone 11,2%
From Work 1%
From Elsewhere 2,5%
No Access 84,2%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 7,4%
Owned and fully paid off 63,3%
Owned but not yet paid off 9,6%
Occupied rent free 11,9%
Other 7,8%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 19,6%
Borehole 3%
Spring 4,9%
Rain water tank 3,1%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 4,5%
River/Stream 59,8%
Water vendor 0,6%
Water tanker 3,3%
Other 1,1%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 26,3%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 1,9%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 1,1%
Chemical toilet 9,8%
Pit toilet with ventilation 24,2%
Pit toilet without ventilation 30%
Bucket toilet 0,9%
Other 5,8%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 3,1%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,5%
Communal refuse dump 1,1%
Own refuse dump 64,4%
No rubbish disposal 28,6%
Other 2,4%
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At 50,3%, the rate of unemployment

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The portion of the population that lived in informal dwellings in 2001 was 1,2%. This was reduced to 1,0% in 2011. Because of the rural nature of the municipality, it makes sense that the bulk of the population (82,0%) was living in traditional dwellings in 2001.In 2011, the figure came down to 74,0%.

Employment Status Number
Employed 7989
Unemployed 8090
Discouraged Work Seeker 9893
Not Economically Active 54983
Income Percentage
None income 19,6%
R1 - R4,800 7,4%
R4,801 - R9,600 14,8%
R9,601 - R19,600 25,6%
R19,601 - R38,200 20,4%
R38,201 - R76,4000 6,3%
R76,401 - R153,800 3%
R153,801 - R307,600 1,9%
R307,601 - R614,400 0,7%
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 7,258
Poultry production 12,171
Vegetable production 8,117
Production of other crops 4,645
Other 1,638

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 7,602
Mixed farming 6,980
Other 268

**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 8,293
R1-R4 800 775
R4 801-R38 400 8,103
R38 401-R307 200 625
R307 201+ 46
Unspecified 349

Place names

Places in Port St Johns Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population156,136
Young (0-14)42,5%
Working Age (15-64)51,8%
Elderly (65+)5,6%
Dependency ratio92,9
Sex ratio84,4
Growth rate0,61% (2001-2011)
Population density121 persons/km2
Unemployment rate50,3%
Youth unemployment rate61%
No schooling aged 20+23,5%
Higher education aged 20+3,9%
Matric aged 20+11,9%
Number of households31,715
Number of Agricultural households18,190
Average household size4,5
Female headed households60,1%
Formal dwellings24,6%
Housing owned/paying off72,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage1,9%
Weekly refuse removal3,1%
Piped water inside dwelling2,7%
Electricity for lighting67,8%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population146,967
Young (0-14)47,9%
Working Age (15-64)51,8%
Elderly (65+)5,6%
Dependency ratio115,1%
Sex ratio81,7
Growth rate0,14% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate70,1%
Youth unemployment rate78,2%
No schooling aged 20+46,7%
Higher education aged 20+3%
Matric aged 20+6,3%
Number of households28,869
Average household size5
Female headed households64,1%
Formal dwellings16,6%
Housing owned/paying off60,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage2,6%
Weekly refuse removal3%
Piped water inside dwelling0,8%
Electricity for lighting17,1%