Siyathemba

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1.57% population growth rate (2001 – 2011).

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Siyathemba Local Municipality is a local municipality in the PixleykaSeme District Municipality in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.Siyathemba Municipality is a Category B Municipality (NC077), established in 2001, in accordance with the demarcation process. The municipality is located within the central eastern parts of the Northern Cape Province on the banks of the Orange River, and falls within the boundaries of the PixleykaSeme District. The nearest business centre is Kimberley, which is about 220km away.

Siyathemba Municipality was initially made up of three entities, namely, Prieska, Marydale and Niekerkshoop. After demarcation the area was extended to include not only the towns and surrounding suburbs of Marydale, Niekerkshoop and Prieska but also Copperton.The municipal area encompasses a geographic area of approximately 8,200km², which implies that Siyathemba Municipality accounts for 8% of the total district surface area and approximately 3% of the provincial area. The municipality is divided into 4 Wards.

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11,5% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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The total population in the municipality is 21 591people with Xhosa and Afrikaans being the dominant languages. The most dominant population group is colouredpeople; they represent 80% of the total population in the municipal area. The other groups are black African (12%) and white people (8%).

Afrikaansis the most widely spoken language (78%). There are an insignificant number of people who speak other languages. A total of 824 people indicated that IsiNdebele is their first language and 91 people speak Setswana.

Group Percentage
Black African18,8%
Coloured71,9%
Indian/Asian0,5%
White8,5%
Other0,4%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,2% 5,1%
5-9 5,2% 5%
10-14 5,2% 5,1%
15-19 4,6% 4,4%
20-24 4% 4%
25-29 4,2% 3,6%
30-34 3,7% 3,2%
35-39 3,1% 2,9%
40-44 3,2% 3,2%
45-49 2,9% 2,9%
50-54 2,5% 3%
55-59 2,1% 2,3%
60-64 1,6% 1,8%
65-69 1% 1,3%
70-74 0,6% 1%
75-79 0,4% 0,7%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,1% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 92,1%
English 0,9%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 3,1%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,4%
Setswana 0,9%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.3%
Not Applicable 1,7%
Group Percentage
Married 21,1%
Living together like married partners 9,2%
Never married 63,2%
Widower/Widow 5%
Separated 0,6%
Divorced 0,9%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 4,2%
Some Primary 48,5%
Completed Primary 7,4%
Some Secondary 29,8%
Completed Secondary 7,5%
Higher Education 0,5%
Not Applicable 2,2%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,2%
Male 49,8%
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86.2% are using electricity for lighting.

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The educational profile in Siyathemba is that of 14% of the population had no schooling, while 34% had primary school education. Just 4% of the population has a degree or diploma. 

According to the 2011 census results

  • 71.29% of people are using flush toilet.
  • 74.88% access to refuse removal
  •  97.46 % of people have access to piped water.
Area Percentage
Urban 87,2%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 12,8%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 72,7% 27,3%
Computer 13,6% 86,4%
Television 70,7% 29,3%
Satellite Television 26,8% 73,2%
Radio 56,9% 43,1%
Landline / Telephone 12,2% 87,8%
Motor Car 24,7% 75,3%
Refrigerator 66,7% 33,3%
Electric / Gas-Stove 84,5% 15,5%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 82,2% 52,4% 86,2%
Gas 4,4% 1,1% 0,2%
Paraffin 0,9% 0,9% 0,7%
Solar 0,3% 0,3% 1,8%
Candles 0% 0% 10,9%
Wood 12% 39,4% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,3% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 5,5% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 5,1%
From Cellphone 11,2%
From Work 2,1%
From Elsewhere 3,7%
No Access 77,9%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 18,7%
Owned and fully paid off 51,4%
Owned but not yet paid off 2,9%
Occupied rent free 25,5%
Other 1,6%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 77,9%
Borehole 13,2%
Spring 0,1%
Rain water tank 0,1%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 1,1%
River/Stream 5,8%
Water vendor 0,1%
Water tanker 1,3%
Other 0,5%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 7,5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 64,9%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 6,4%
Chemical toilet 0,1%
Pit toilet with ventilation 11,7%
Pit toilet without ventilation 5,1%
Bucket toilet 3,7%
Other 0,6%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 73,9%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1%
Communal refuse dump 2,5%
Own refuse dump 18,3%
No rubbish disposal 4,1%
Other 0,3%
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30,2% Youth unemployment rate.

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The whole of the Siyathemba area is rich in semiprecious stones. The famed ‘tiger’s eye’ is one of many gems mined in the region. An opportunity exists for adding value to the raw material and shipping out processed products of high quality.

Employment Status Number
Employed 5371
Unemployed 1728
Discouraged Work Seeker 767
Not Economically Active 5787
Income Percentage
None income 7,8%
R1 - R4,800 2,9%
R4,801 - R9,600 5%
R9,601 - R19,600 23,9%
R19,601 - R38,200 26%
R38,201 - R76,4000 16,4%
R76,401 - R153,800 8,8%
R153,801 - R307,600 5,5%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,8%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,5%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 374
Poultry production 601
Vegetable production 167
Production of other crops 505
Other 139

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 694
Mixed farming 184
Other 30

**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 226
R1-R4 800 13
R4 801-R38 400 742
R38 401-R307 200 251
R307 201+ 75
Unspecified 26

Place names

Places in Siyathemba Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population21,591
Young (0-14)30,8%
Working Age (15-64)63,2%
Elderly (65+)6%
Dependency ratio58,2
Sex ratio99,3
Growth rate1,57% (2001-2011)
Population density1 persons/km2
Unemployment rate24,3%
Youth unemployment rate30,2%
No schooling aged 20+11,5%
Higher education aged 20+5,3%
Matric aged 20+18%
Number of households5,831
Number of Agricultural households1,334
Average household size3,6
Female headed households36,1%
Formal dwellings88,6%
Housing owned/paying off54,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage64,9%
Weekly refuse removal73,9%
Piped water inside dwelling43,1%
Electricity for lighting86,2%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population18,445
Young (0-14)33,7%
Working Age (15-64)63,2%
Elderly (65+)5,9%
Dependency ratio65,5%
Sex ratio89,9
Growth rate-1,77% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate36%
Youth unemployment rate43,1%
No schooling aged 20+21,8%
Higher education aged 20+4,7%
Matric aged 20+12,1%
Number of households4,455
Average household size4
Female headed households33,6%
Formal dwellings88,9%
Housing owned/paying off54,8%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage65,9%
Weekly refuse removal75,8%
Piped water inside dwelling22,5%
Electricity for lighting80,9%