Thembelihle

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Translated, Thembelihle means “a place of hope”. Thembelihle Local Municipality is situated in the heart of the Karoo in the Northern Cape province. This mostly agricultural landscape is rich in natural resources. The first diamond was discovered in Hopetown and a great part of the Anglo-Boer War was fought in these parts. The municipal area encompasses a geographic area of approximately 8 023 km².

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 15,1% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

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According to Census 2011, Thembelihle Local Municipality has a total population of 15 701 people whom 70,8% are coloured, 15,2% are black African, 13,1% are white, and 0,5% are Indian/Asian. The other population groups make up the remaining 0,4%. In this municipality, 32,3% of households are headed by females.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 7,0% have completed primary school, 29,8% have some secondary education, 19,9% have completed matric, and 6,6% have some form of higher education, while 15,1% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African15,2%
Coloured70,8%
Indian/Asian0,5%
White13,1%
Other0,4%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,6% 5%
5-9 5,4% 4,6%
10-14 5,3% 5,1%
15-19 4,6% 4,6%
20-24 4,5% 4,3%
25-29 4% 4%
30-34 3,5% 3,2%
35-39 3,2% 3%
40-44 3% 3,3%
45-49 2,8% 2,8%
50-54 2,5% 2,7%
55-59 1,9% 1,9%
60-64 1,6% 1,5%
65-69 0,9% 1,1%
70-74 0,8% 0,9%
75-79 0,5% 0,7%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,3% 0,5%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 88,8%
English 1,3%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 5%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 0,7%
Setswana 1,2%
Sign Language 0,2%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.3%
Not Applicable 1,8%
Group Percentage
Married 22,3%
Living together like married partners 12%
Never married 59,9%
Widower/Widow 4,2%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 1,2%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,7%
Some Primary 48,8%
Completed Primary 7,1%
Some Secondary 29,9%
Completed Secondary 8,3%
Higher Education 0,6%
Not Applicable 1,5%
Sex Percentage
Female 49,2%
Male 50,8%
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75,2% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

 

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There were 4 140 households in the municipality; with an average household size of 3,7 persons per household. 43,8 % of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard.

 

Area Percentage
Urban 89,7%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 10,3%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 72,2% 27,8%
Computer 16,2% 83,8%
Television 60,2% 39,8%
Satellite Television 27,1% 72,9%
Radio 51,7% 48,3%
Landline / Telephone 14,1% 85,9%
Motor Car 30,2% 69,8%
Refrigerator 58,7% 41,3%
Electric / Gas-Stove 77,1% 22,9%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 63,2% 43,9% 75,2%
Gas 16,5% 2,9% 0,2%
Paraffin 9,1% 2,3% 2,4%
Solar 0,2% 0,6% 1,1%
Candles 0% 0% 20,8%
Wood 10,5% 32,9% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,2% 0%
Animal Dung 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,5% 17,1% 0,3%
Access Percentage
From Home 5,8%
From Cellphone 13,8%
From Work 2,2%
From Elsewhere 2,4%
No Access 75,8%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 16,3%
Owned and fully paid off 39,4%
Owned but not yet paid off 12%
Occupied rent free 29,9%
Other 2,5%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 75,2%
Borehole 20%
Spring 0,1%
Rain water tank 0,1%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,6%
River/Stream 2,8%
Water vendor 0,1%
Water tanker 1%
Other 0,1%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 10,3%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 60%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 5,4%
Chemical toilet 0,4%
Pit toilet with ventilation 11%
Pit toilet without ventilation 11,7%
Bucket toilet 0,3%
Other 0,9%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 68,4%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,8%
Communal refuse dump 4,6%
Own refuse dump 13,7%
No rubbish disposal 11,6%
Other 0,9%
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35,2% Youth unemployment rate.

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5 393 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these, 28,4% are unemployed.Of the 2 831 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area.

Employment Status Number
Employed 3861
Unemployed 1532
Discouraged Work Seeker 687
Not Economically Active 3776
Income Percentage
None income 10,4%
R1 - R4,800 2,4%
R4,801 - R9,600 4,2%
R9,601 - R19,600 20,2%
R19,601 - R38,200 25,8%
R38,201 - R76,4000 17,8%
R76,401 - R153,800 9,2%
R153,801 - R307,600 6,2%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,9%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,6%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 638
Poultry production 706
Vegetable production 444
Production of other crops 600
Other 442

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 431
Mixed farming 443
Other 5

**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 235
R1-R4 800 8
R4 801-R38 400 610
R38 401-R307 200 186
R307 201+ 36
Unspecified 23

Place names

Places in Thembelihle Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population15,701
Young (0-14)30,9%
Working Age (15-64)62,8%
Elderly (65+)6,4%
Dependency ratio59,3
Sex ratio103,3
Growth rate0,82% (2001-2011)
Population density2 persons/km2
Unemployment rate28,4%
Youth unemployment rate35,2%
No schooling aged 20+15,1%
Higher education aged 20+6,6%
Matric aged 20+19,9%
Number of households4,140
Number of Agricultural households1,097
Average household size3,7
Female headed households32,3%
Formal dwellings77,5%
Housing owned/paying off51,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage60%
Weekly refuse removal68,4%
Piped water inside dwelling33,5%
Electricity for lighting75,2%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population14,467
Young (0-14)32,1%
Working Age (15-64)62,8%
Elderly (65+)5,9%
Dependency ratio61,5%
Sex ratio98,9
Growth rate1,27% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate23%
Youth unemployment rate30%
No schooling aged 20+26,4%
Higher education aged 20+6,4%
Matric aged 20+12,7%
Number of households3,596
Average household size3,8
Female headed households24,2%
Formal dwellings77,1%
Housing owned/paying off42,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage45,5%
Weekly refuse removal57,3%
Piped water inside dwelling25,9%
Electricity for lighting67,2%