Thembisile

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There are 310 458 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 4,1 persons per household. 46,1% of households are headed by females.

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Thembisile Hani Local Municipality is located in the Nkangala District Municipality of Mpumalanga province, South Africa. It is a semi-urban local municipality consisting of 57 villages within which there are five established townships.

The municipality is named after Thembisile Chris Hani, Secretary General of the South African Communist Party, who was assassinated on 10 April 1993. (http://en.wikipedia.org)

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Maluti a Phofung , Free State 335,784 18
Greater Tubatse , Limpopo 335,676 19
uMhlathuze , KwaZulu-Natal 334,459 20
Thembisile , Mpumalanga 310,458 21
Mogalakwena , Limpopo 307,682 22
Govan Mbeki , Mpumalanga 294,538 23
Mafikeng , North West 291,527 24
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18% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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According to Census 2011, Thembisile Hani Local Municipality has a total population of 310 458 people, of whom99,2% are black African, and 0,3% are Indian/Asian.The other population groups make up the remaining 0,5%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 18,3% have completed some primary school, 32,4% have some secondary education, 26,2% have completed matric, and 5,2% have some form of higher education, while18% have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African99,2%
Coloured0,2%
Indian/Asian0,3%
White0,1%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,8% 5,8%
5-9 5,3% 5,3%
10-14 5% 4,9%
15-19 5,4% 5,5%
20-24 5,1% 5%
25-29 4,2% 4,5%
30-34 3,3% 3,6%
35-39 2,8% 3,3%
40-44 2,4% 2,8%
45-49 2,1% 2,1%
50-54 1,7% 2,3%
55-59 1,5% 2%
60-64 1,1% 1,5%
65-69 0,7% 1%
70-74 0,4% 0,9%
75-79 0,2% 0,5%
80-84 0,2% 0,4%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,4%
English 1,2%
IsiNdebele 58,4%
IsiXhosa 1%
IsiZulu 12,5%
Sepedi 12,6%
Sesotho 4,8%
Setswana 1,9%
Sign Language 0,3%
SiSwati 2,9%
Tshivenda 0,4%
Xitsonga 2,6%
Other 0.9%
Not Applicable 0,1%
Group Percentage
Married 19,5%
Living together like married partners 2,5%
Never married 72,9%
Widower/Widow 3,9%
Separated 0,5%
Divorced 0,6%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 2,6%
Some Primary 44,8%
Completed Primary 6,5%
Some Secondary 33%
Completed Secondary 11,7%
Higher Education 1,3%
Not Applicable 0,1%
Sex Percentage
Female 52,4%
Male 47,6%
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92,3% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are 229,831 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 4,1 persons per household.46,1% of households are headed by females.

 Only 16,3% of households have access to piped water inside the dwelling, 72,1%of households have access to piped water inside the yard and 4,6% have no access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 28,5%
Tribal/Traditional 69,9%
Farm 1,6%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 92,8% 7,2%
Computer 14,3% 85,7%
Television 78,7% 21,3%
Satellite Television 12,2% 87,8%
Radio 77% 23%
Landline / Telephone 2,4% 97,6%
Motor Car 23,4% 76,6%
Refrigerator 76,6% 23,4%
Electric / Gas-Stove 81,4% 18,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 79,9% 60,2% 92,3%
Gas 1,5% 1% 0,1%
Paraffin 6,8% 2,3% 0,5%
Solar 0,1% 0,1% 0,1%
Candles 0% 0% 6,8%
Wood 5,5% 7,2% 0%
Coal 5,8% 15,2% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,2% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 13,8% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 2,2%
From Cellphone 18%
From Work 1,7%
From Elsewhere 9,3%
No Access 68,8%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 5,8%
Owned and fully paid off 73,5%
Owned but not yet paid off 2,7%
Occupied rent free 14,1%
Other 3,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 89,3%
Borehole 1,9%
Spring 0,3%
Rain water tank 0,3%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,7%
River/Stream 0,9%
Water vendor 1,2%
Water tanker 2,3%
Other 3%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 2,6%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 6,8%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 1,6%
Chemical toilet 1,6%
Pit toilet with ventilation 20,7%
Pit toilet without ventilation 64,5%
Bucket toilet 0,9%
Other 1,3%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 4,6%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,5%
Communal refuse dump 8,7%
Own refuse dump 76,4%
No rubbish disposal 9,1%
Other 0,7%
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49,4% Unemployment rate.

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97 744 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these,37% are unemployed.

Of the 48 741 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area, almost half (49,4%) are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 61605
Unemployed 36139
Discouraged Work Seeker 13477
Not Economically Active 84188
Income Percentage
None income 13,8%
R1 - R4,800 5,6%
R4,801 - R9,600 9,7%
R9,601 - R19,600 20,3%
R19,601 - R38,200 23,6%
R38,201 - R76,4000 15,2%
R76,401 - R153,800 7,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 2,9%
R307,601 - R614,400 1%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,2%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,1%
R2,457,601+ 0,1%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 7,542
Poultry production 11,211
Vegetable production 7,609
Production of other crops 6,153
Other 2,441

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 11,618
Mixed farming 4,350
Other 785

**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 7,195
R1-R4 800 769
R4 801-R38 400 13,973
R38 401-R307 200 2,173
R307 201+ 85
Unspecified 319

Place names

Places in Thembisile Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population310,458
Young (0-14)32,1%
Working Age (15-64)62,9%
Elderly (65+)4,9%
Dependency ratio58,9
Sex ratio90,7
Growth rate1,91% (2001-2011)
Population density130 persons/km2
Unemployment rate37%
Youth unemployment rate49,4%
No schooling aged 20+18%
Higher education aged 20+5,2%
Matric aged 20+26,1%
Number of households75,634
Number of Agricultural households24,513
Average household size4,1
Female headed households46,1%
Formal dwellings85,6%
Housing owned/paying off76,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage6,8%
Weekly refuse removal4,6%
Piped water inside dwelling16,3%
Electricity for lighting92,3%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population256,583
Young (0-14)37,2%
Working Age (15-64)62,9%
Elderly (65+)4,6%
Dependency ratio71,7%
Sex ratio86,1
Growth rate1,22% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate51,2%
Youth unemployment rate65,1%
No schooling aged 20+34%
Higher education aged 20+3,5%
Matric aged 20+16,2%
Number of households57,548
Average household size4,4
Female headed households52,2%
Formal dwellings79,7%
Housing owned/paying off70,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage5,5%
Weekly refuse removal3,8%
Piped water inside dwelling5%
Electricity for lighting88,6%