Richtersveld

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1,68% population growth rate(2001 – 2011).

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The Richtersveld Local Municipality is located in the Namakwa District in Northern Cape. It is a unique landscape surrounded by a variety of contrasts. In Port Nolloth you’ll find the ocean, from a distance it looks like a glowing body that lies stretched out before you. At AlexanderBay the Orange River spews out its last waters. At Lekkersing and Eksteenfontein there’s neither river nor ocean, but underground water that is a little brackish. Rainfall is no familiar face to this area and water is a scarce commodity. We can genuinely say that the Richtersveld is a Conservation area. Not only is the geographical area unique, but also its people, which is why this area must manage its resources in an optimal manner.

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2,5% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to the 2011 Census, Richtersveld Municipality has a total population of 11 982 of which 76,6% are coloured people, 13,1% are black African, 8,5% white people 0.5% Indian/Asian and the other racial groups constitute of 1,4% of the population.

Of those 20 years and older 18,9% has completed grade 12, 7,3% have higher education, 13,7% completed primary education, 15,1% have some primary, 42,7% some secondary and 2,5 % has no schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African13,1%
Coloured76,6%
Indian/Asian0,5%
White8,5%
Other1,4%
Age Males Females
0-4 4% 3,8%
5-9 4% 3,7%
10-14 4,4% 3,9%
15-19 4,1% 3,3%
20-24 4% 3,6%
25-29 5,6% 4,4%
30-34 4,4% 3,7%
35-39 4,2% 3,6%
40-44 4,4% 3,7%
45-49 3,7% 3,7%
50-54 3% 2,7%
55-59 2,4% 2,1%
60-64 1,6% 1,8%
65-69 1,2% 1,4%
70-74 0,7% 0,7%
75-79 0,5% 0,6%
80-84 0,3% 0,3%
85+ 0,2% 0,2%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 83,7%
English 2,5%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 5,9%
IsiZulu 0,4%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,8%
Setswana 0,8%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 1.5%
Not Applicable 3,8%
Group Percentage
Married 27,9%
Living together like married partners 5,6%
Never married 60,9%
Widower/Widow 3,9%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 1,3%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,2%
Some Primary 46%
Completed Primary 8%
Some Secondary 31,1%
Completed Secondary 9,6%
Higher Education 1,4%
Not Applicable 1,6%
Sex Percentage
Female 47,4%
Male 52,6%
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98% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 3 543 households in the municipality with an average size of 3,2 persons per household.

Almost 68,6% of households have access to piped water in their dwelling and 26,5% have piped (tap) water inside yard. 96,0 % of households have access to electricity for lighting.

Area Percentage
Urban 98,5%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 1,5%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 85,4% 14,6%
Computer 22% 78%
Television 84,8% 15,2%
Satellite Television 30,5% 69,5%
Radio 63,5% 36,5%
Landline / Telephone 20,6% 79,4%
Motor Car 35,9% 64,1%
Refrigerator 81,4% 18,6%
Electric / Gas-Stove 93,3% 6,7%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 89,7% 73% 96%
Gas 6,4% 1% 0%
Paraffin 0,3% 0,4% 0%
Solar 0,1% 0,2% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 3,4%
Wood 3% 5,4% 0%
Coal 0% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,5% 19,9% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 7,7%
From Cellphone 14,6%
From Work 4,3%
From Elsewhere 1,2%
No Access 72,1%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 23,6%
Owned and fully paid off 44,9%
Owned but not yet paid off 5,1%
Occupied rent free 23,4%
Other 2,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 88,8%
Borehole 3,1%
Spring 0%
Rain water tank 0,1%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1%
River/Stream 3,8%
Water vendor 0,1%
Water tanker 0,6%
Other 2,6%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 69,8%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 8,2%
Chemical toilet 0,4%
Pit toilet with ventilation 9,9%
Pit toilet without ventilation 3%
Bucket toilet 1%
Other 2,7%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 82,8%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 7,8%
Communal refuse dump 0,6%
Own refuse dump 5,9%
No rubbish disposal 1,2%
Other 1,6%
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22,4 % youth unemployment rate.

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Of the 5 687 economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work) people in the municipality, 18,6% (1 060) are unemployed. Amongst the 2 547 youth (aged 15 – 34) in the area, 22,4% (571) are unemployed. The Integrated Development Plan for this municipality can be accessed via the following link: www.richtersveld.gov.za/documentation/idp.html

Employment Status Number
Employed 4627
Unemployed 1060
Discouraged Work Seeker 211
Not Economically Active 2510
Income Percentage
None income 9,7%
R1 - R4,800 2,1%
R4,801 - R9,600 6,5%
R9,601 - R19,600 14,1%
R19,601 - R38,200 17,7%
R38,201 - R76,4000 19,3%
R76,401 - R153,800 16,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 10,2%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,3%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,5%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 312
Poultry production 39
Vegetable production 83
Production of other crops 31
Other 53

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 321
Mixed farming 18
Other 37

**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 99
R1-R4 800 7
R4 801-R38 400 220
R38 401-R307 200 117
R307 201+ 5
Unspecified 11

Place names

Places in Richtersveld Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population11,982
Young (0-14)23,8%
Working Age (15-64)70,2%
Elderly (65+)6%
Dependency ratio42,5
Sex ratio110,9
Growth rate1,68% (2001-2011)
Population density1 persons/km2
Unemployment rate18,6%
Youth unemployment rate22,4%
No schooling aged 20+2,5%
Higher education aged 20+7,3%
Matric aged 20+18,8%
Number of households3,543
Number of Agricultural households460
Average household size3,1
Female headed households37,3%
Formal dwellings88,5%
Housing owned/paying off50%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage69,8%
Weekly refuse removal82,8%
Piped water inside dwelling68,6%
Electricity for lighting96%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population10,125
Young (0-14)28%
Working Age (15-64)70,2%
Elderly (65+)4,8%
Dependency ratio48,8%
Sex ratio103
Growth rate-4,72% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate35,5%
Youth unemployment rate44,4%
No schooling aged 20+5,2%
Higher education aged 20+4,2%
Matric aged 20+16,9%
Number of households2,604
Average household size3,5
Female headed households31,3%
Formal dwellings89,9%
Housing owned/paying off61,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage76,5%
Weekly refuse removal74,6%
Piped water inside dwelling58,4%
Electricity for lighting94,6%