Tlokwe City Council

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The total population is 162,762.

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Tlokwe Local Municipality (previously known as Potchefstroom Local Municipality) falls within Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality in the North West province. The seat of the local municipality is Potchefstroom.

The most widely accepted theory on the origin of the name Potchefstroom is that the name is composed of three words: Potgieter, chef and stroom. The first syllable is that of Potgieter, the second from the fact that he was a “chef” or a leader of the emigrants, and the third signifying the Mooi River. The complete name “Potgieter” was gradually shortened to “Pot”.

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30.3% of those aged 20 years and older have matric.

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According to Census 2011, Tlokwe Local Municipality has a total population of 162 762 people, of whom 71,3% are black African, and 20,6% are white.The other population groups make up the remaining 8,1%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 4,5% have completed primary school, 31,5% have some secondary education, 30,3% have completed matric, and 14,2% have some form of higher education, while 6,9% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African71,3%
Coloured6,8%
Indian/Asian0,9%
White20,6%
Other0,4%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,7% 4,7%
5-9 4,1% 4%
10-14 3,9% 3,8%
15-19 4,3% 4,4%
20-24 6% 6%
25-29 4,8% 4,5%
30-34 3,9% 3,8%
35-39 3,6% 3,6%
40-44 3,2% 3,2%
45-49 2,7% 2,7%
50-54 2,4% 2,6%
55-59 1,8% 2,1%
60-64 1,4% 1,6%
65-69 1% 1,2%
70-74 0,7% 0,9%
75-79 0,4% 0,6%
80-84 0,2% 0,3%
85+ 0,1% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 27,1%
English 4,5%
IsiNdebele 0,8%
IsiXhosa 9,5%
IsiZulu 1,9%
Sepedi 0,6%
Sesotho 11,7%
Setswana 40%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0,2%
Tshivenda 0,2%
Xitsonga 0,6%
Other 1.2%
Not Applicable 1,4%
Group Percentage
Married 22,9%
Living together like married partners 9,7%
Never married 61,8%
Widower/Widow 3,4%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 1,8%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,7%
Some Primary 37,5%
Completed Primary 5,4%
Some Secondary 26,7%
Completed Secondary 19,8%
Higher Education 4,9%
Not Applicable 2,1%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,9%
Male 49,1%
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90.5% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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There are 52 537 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,0 persons per household.

91,3% of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard. Only 2,0% of households do not have access to piped water.

90,5% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

Area Percentage
Urban 91,5%
Tribal/Traditional 0,5%
Farm 8%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 89,8% 10,2%
Computer 32,3% 67,7%
Television 79,6% 20,4%
Satellite Television 28,8% 71,2%
Radio 72,5% 27,5%
Landline / Telephone 14,9% 85,1%
Motor Car 38,4% 61,6%
Refrigerator 77,5% 22,5%
Electric / Gas-Stove 81,6% 18,4%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 82% 65,6% 90,5%
Gas 2,9% 2,4% 0,2%
Paraffin 12,3% 4,5% 0,9%
Solar 0,1% 0,3% 0,2%
Candles 0% 0% 8%
Wood 2% 7,6% 0%
Coal 0,2% 2,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,2% 0%
Other 0,2% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 17,3% 0,2%
Access Percentage
From Home 11,2%
From Cellphone 17,3%
From Work 5,3%
From Elsewhere 5,7%
No Access 60,4%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 33,3%
Owned and fully paid off 40,6%
Owned but not yet paid off 11,3%
Occupied rent free 10,3%
Other 4,5%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 87,2%
Borehole 10,1%
Spring 0,1%
Rain water tank 0,2%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 0,2%
River/Stream 0,1%
Water vendor 0,5%
Water tanker 1%
Other 0,7%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 7%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 80,6%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 3,6%
Chemical toilet 0,1%
Pit toilet with ventilation 1,5%
Pit toilet without ventilation 5,1%
Bucket toilet 1%
Other 1%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 62,9%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,5%
Communal refuse dump 3,2%
Own refuse dump 24,9%
No rubbish disposal 6,7%
Other 0,8%
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21,6% Unemployment rate.

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Of the 65 920 people who are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), 21,6% are unemployed.

Of the 31 279 youth (aged 15 – 34) who are economically active, 29,5% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 51667
Unemployed 14253
Discouraged Work Seeker 3153
Not Economically Active 43426
Income Percentage
None income 17,6%
R1 - R4,800 3%
R4,801 - R9,600 5%
R9,601 - R19,600 15,3%
R19,601 - R38,200 18,9%
R38,201 - R76,4000 14,2%
R76,401 - R153,800 10,8%
R153,801 - R307,600 8%
R307,601 - R614,400 4,7%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 1,6%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,4%
R2,457,601+ 0,5%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 1,388
Poultry production 1,891
Vegetable production 1,700
Production of other crops 1,306
Other 1,343

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 1,853
Mixed farming 756
Other 429

**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 1,025
R1-R4 800 137
R4 801-R38 400 2,243
R38 401-R307 200 1,075
R307 201+ 247
Unspecified 168

Place names

Places in Tlokwe City Council Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population162,762
Young (0-14)25,2%
Working Age (15-64)69,1%
Elderly (65+)5,7%
Dependency ratio44,7
Sex ratio96,6
Growth rate2,38% (2001-2011)
Population density61 persons/km2
Unemployment rate21,6%
Youth unemployment rate29,5%
No schooling aged 20+6,9%
Higher education aged 20+14,2%
Matric aged 20+30,3%
Number of households52,537
Number of Agricultural households4,894
Average household size2,9
Female headed households36,8%
Formal dwellings81,1%
Housing owned/paying off51,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage80,6%
Weekly refuse removal62,9%
Piped water inside dwelling56,9%
Electricity for lighting90,5%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population128,353
Young (0-14)24,5%
Working Age (15-64)69,1%
Elderly (65+)5,4%
Dependency ratio42,7%
Sex ratio96,8
Growth rate0,56% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate37,1%
Youth unemployment rate47,7%
No schooling aged 20+13,1%
Higher education aged 20+11,4%
Matric aged 20+23,7%
Number of households32,038
Average household size3,7
Female headed households37,6%
Formal dwellings71,9%
Housing owned/paying off62,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage69,3%
Weekly refuse removal74,5%
Piped water inside dwelling31,5%
Electricity for lighting78,6%