Ubuntu

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1,27% Population growth rate (Census 2011).

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Ubuntu Local Municipality is a municipality in the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

It is situated in Victoria West; other towns in the municipality are Richmond, Loxton and two small railway villages Hutchinson and Merriman.

The region forms a part of the Karoo area. The agriculture and tourism industries are supported by the location, topography and climate of the region.

A variety of minerals occur in the region yet no mining activities exist. Several applications for uranium prospecting have been submitted to the Department of Minerals and Energy. The new demarcation joined Victoria West, Hutchinson, Merriman, Loxton and Richmond into a single Municipality. Victoria West, situated on the N12, is the main town. Richmond is situated on the N1.

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16,4% of those 20+ have no schooling.

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The total population in the municipality is 18 601 people with Xhosa and Afrikaans being the dominant languages. The sex ratio is 98.4% males per 100 females which shows a fewer males than females.

About 60% of the people attended primary school, with the further 20% attaining matric and only 3.72% with higher education.
Group Percentage
Black African21,3%
Coloured69,8%
Indian/Asian0,5%
White7,6%
Other0,8%
Age Males Females
0-4 5,7% 5,8%
5-9 5,7% 5,9%
10-14 5,2% 4,9%
15-19 4,5% 4,4%
20-24 4,4% 4,2%
25-29 3,9% 3,5%
30-34 3,3% 3,2%
35-39 3,3% 3,3%
40-44 3% 3,1%
45-49 2,7% 2,7%
50-54 2,3% 2,3%
55-59 1,8% 2,2%
60-64 1,4% 1,6%
65-69 1,1% 1,1%
70-74 0,6% 0,8%
75-79 0,4% 0,6%
80-84 0,1% 0,3%
85+ 0,2% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 81,4%
English 1,8%
IsiNdebele 0,2%
IsiXhosa 12,3%
IsiZulu 0,2%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,6%
Setswana 0,6%
Sign Language 0,5%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0,2%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.5%
Not Applicable 1,5%
Group Percentage
Married 21,2%
Living together like married partners 13%
Never married 60,2%
Widower/Widow 4%
Separated 0,8%
Divorced 0,8%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 5,3%
Some Primary 49,3%
Completed Primary 8,7%
Some Secondary 27,1%
Completed Secondary 8%
Higher Education 0,4%
Not Applicable 1,1%
Sex Percentage
Female 50,4%
Male 49,6%
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84,4% Use electricity for lighting.

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There are only a few light industries in Ubuntu due to a shortage of water in the area.

Economic growth in the Ubuntu region is restrictedthrough its location and the lackof or sub-standard infrastructure. Properinfrastructure can have a positive effect on alleconomic sectors.

Most of the inhabitants in the Ubuntu region are dependent on the Agricultural sector and on provincial or municipal government for work. A large portion of the inhabitants are dependant of government’s social grant. The major setbacks or challenges facing the population in the Ubuntu region are unemployment and a poor academic profile.

Area Percentage
Urban 80%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 20%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 71,2% 28,8%
Computer 12,9% 87,1%
Television 67% 33%
Satellite Television 16,8% 83,2%
Radio 58,3% 41,7%
Landline / Telephone 13,8% 86,2%
Motor Car 23,6% 76,4%
Refrigerator 57,3% 42,7%
Electric / Gas-Stove 76,4% 23,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 76,6% 62% 84,8%
Gas 4,4% 2,1% 0,4%
Paraffin 3,3% 4,2% 0,7%
Solar 0,3% 0,4% 2,7%
Candles 0% 0% 11%
Wood 14,5% 26,4% 0%
Coal 0,5% 1,6% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,3% 3,2% 0,5%
Access Percentage
From Home 4,6%
From Cellphone 13,7%
From Work 2,2%
From Elsewhere 1,4%
No Access 78%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 15,1%
Owned and fully paid off 51,6%
Owned but not yet paid off 3,1%
Occupied rent free 24%
Other 6,2%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 67,9%
Borehole 23,7%
Spring 0,7%
Rain water tank 0,5%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 4,1%
River/Stream 0,1%
Water vendor 0,1%
Water tanker 2,3%
Other 0,6%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 9,5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 64,3%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 10%
Chemical toilet 0,7%
Pit toilet with ventilation 3,5%
Pit toilet without ventilation 2,2%
Bucket toilet 7,9%
Other 2%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 66,7%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 0,8%
Communal refuse dump 2,1%
Own refuse dump 23,2%
No rubbish disposal 6%
Other 1,2%
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34,8% Youth unemployment rate.

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Agriculture is the primary economic activity and includes farming with cattle, sheep, goats, and on a small scale crops like lucerne, fruit etc. Game farming is focused on the foreign market. Sheep are marketed for their wool and meat. Wool is an important export product of the Ubuntu region

Tourism and eco-tourism is currently in the growth phase. Tourists are mostly seasonal visitors to the region during vacations. Victoria West is the most important tourist center in the region. Tourism is not yet developed in the previously disadvantage communities. There are a few tourism attractions in the region which must be marketed more intensively.

Employment Status Number
Employed 5028
Unemployed 2063
Discouraged Work Seeker 508
Not Economically Active 3775
Income Percentage
None income 11,5%
R1 - R4,800 3,5%
R4,801 - R9,600 6,1%
R9,601 - R19,600 24,1%
R19,601 - R38,200 24%
R38,201 - R76,4000 13,5%
R76,401 - R153,800 7,8%
R153,801 - R307,600 5,3%
R307,601 - R614,400 2,7%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,8%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,4%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 465
Poultry production 682
Vegetable production 265
Production of other crops 180
Other 535

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 773
Mixed farming 220
Other 292

**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 242
R1-R4 800 37
R4 801-R38 400 832
R38 401-R307 200 275
R307 201+ 76
Unspecified 29

Place names

Places in Ubuntu Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population18,601
Young (0-14)33,3%
Working Age (15-64)61,1%
Elderly (65+)5,6%
Dependency ratio63,5
Sex ratio98,4
Growth rate1,27% (2001-2011)
Population density1 persons/km2
Unemployment rate29,1%
Youth unemployment rate34,8%
No schooling aged 20+16,4%
Higher education aged 20+6%
Matric aged 20+18,7%
Number of households5,129
Number of Agricultural households1,490
Average household size3,5
Female headed households34,6%
Formal dwellings87,6%
Housing owned/paying off54,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage64,3%
Weekly refuse removal66,6%
Piped water inside dwelling49,2%
Electricity for lighting84,8%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population16,375
Young (0-14)33,2%
Working Age (15-64)61,1%
Elderly (65+)5,7%
Dependency ratio63,8%
Sex ratio93,6
Growth rate-3,7% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate34,1%
Youth unemployment rate41,5%
No schooling aged 20+30,6%
Higher education aged 20+8%
Matric aged 20+12,2%
Number of households4,163
Average household size3,7
Female headed households33,7%
Formal dwellings93%
Housing owned/paying off52,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage38,4%
Weekly refuse removal63,8%
Piped water inside dwelling35%
Electricity for lighting75,7%