Umtshezi

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3,25% Population growth rate.

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uMtshezi Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. uMtshezi is an isiZulu word for Bushman or San.

uMtshezi Local Municipality comprises parts of the Magisterial Districts of Weenen and Estcourt, the informal settlements of Cornfields, Thembalihle, Mimosadale, and numerous settlements around Weenen. Estcourt is the largest commercial centre in the Midlands region, and an important service centre for the nearby towns of Mooi River, Winterton, Bergville, Colenso and Weenen. Weenen is a small agricultural town that is starting to emerge as a tourist destination.

The majority of the people in the municipality are concentrated in urban areas and in farming areas but there are a few patches of high-density settlements within the informal areas.

(Source: www.kzncogta.gov.za)

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17% of those aged 20 years and older have no formal schooling.

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Just fewer than 29,4% of those aged 20 years and older in the municipality have some secondary education, 26,8% have completed matric, and 7,8% have some form of higher education.  17% of those aged 20 years and older have no formal schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African90,2%
Coloured1,4%
Indian/Asian5,8%
White2,3%
Other0,3%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,1% 6%
5-9 5,6% 5,6%
10-14 5,4% 5,6%
15-19 5,1% 5,4%
20-24 4,9% 5%
25-29 4,3% 4,9%
30-34 3,1% 3,7%
35-39 2,7% 3,4%
40-44 2,2% 2,9%
45-49 1,9% 1,9%
50-54 1,5% 2%
55-59 1,3% 1,8%
60-64 1,1% 1,7%
65-69 0,6% 1%
70-74 0,4% 0,7%
75-79 0,2% 0,4%
80-84 0,1% 0,4%
85+ 0,1% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 1,1%
English 10,6%
IsiNdebele 1,1%
IsiXhosa 0,2%
IsiZulu 83,8%
Sepedi 0,3%
Sesotho 0,4%
Setswana 0,5%
Sign Language 0,3%
SiSwati 0%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.5%
Not Applicable 1,1%
Group Percentage
Married 16,9%
Living together like married partners 7,2%
Never married 72,4%
Widower/Widow 2,8%
Separated 0,3%
Divorced 0,4%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,6%
Some Primary 46,6%
Completed Primary 6,1%
Some Secondary 29,2%
Completed Secondary 12,4%
Higher Education 1%
Not Applicable 1%
Sex Percentage
Female 53,6%
Male 46,4%
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Just less than three-quarters (73,2%) of households have access to electricity for lighting.

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Most households (42,9%) have access to piped water in their dwellings.

Area Percentage
Urban 61,1%
Tribal/Traditional 3,8%
Farm 35,1%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 85,2% 14,8%
Computer 13,7% 86,3%
Television 65,3% 34,7%
Satellite Television 20,1% 79,9%
Radio 69,7% 30,3%
Landline / Telephone 13,6% 86,4%
Motor Car 24,8% 75,2%
Refrigerator 57,6% 42,4%
Electric / Gas-Stove 65,5% 34,5%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 64,2% 45,6% 73,2%
Gas 3,5% 3,2% 0,2%
Paraffin 3,7% 7,5% 0,5%
Solar 0,2% 0,2% 0,5%
Candles 0% 0% 24,9%
Wood 27,9% 33% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,4% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,2% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 9,9% 0,6%
Access Percentage
From Home 4,9%
From Cellphone 20,8%
From Work 2,7%
From Elsewhere 2,6%
No Access 68,9%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 15,1%
Owned and fully paid off 44,8%
Owned but not yet paid off 11,2%
Occupied rent free 26,3%
Other 2,6%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 69,5%
Borehole 6,3%
Spring 1,9%
Rain water tank 0,6%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 3,3%
River/Stream 9,9%
Water vendor 0,9%
Water tanker 6%
Other 1,7%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 17,5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 47,3%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 4,3%
Chemical toilet 5,8%
Pit toilet with ventilation 6,9%
Pit toilet without ventilation 13%
Bucket toilet 1%
Other 4,2%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 50,3%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 1,1%
Communal refuse dump 1%
Own refuse dump 34,7%
No rubbish disposal 10,2%
Other 2,7%
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36,9% Unemployment rate.

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uMtshezi Municipality economic sectors include agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.

21 142 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these, 36,9% are unemployed.

Of the 11 082 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the area, 47,0% are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 13342
Unemployed 7800
Discouraged Work Seeker 7161
Not Economically Active 22802
Income Percentage
None income 12,8%
R1 - R4,800 6,3%
R4,801 - R9,600 11,3%
R9,601 - R19,600 20,3%
R19,601 - R38,200 19,5%
R38,201 - R76,4000 10,9%
R76,401 - R153,800 8,5%
R153,801 - R307,600 6%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,3%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,6%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 3,476
Poultry production 2,690
Vegetable production 3,119
Production of other crops 582
Other 435

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 3,464
Mixed farming 1,369
Other 126

**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 2,395
R1-R4 800 352
R4 801-R38 400 3,212
R38 401-R307 200 827
R307 201+ 89
Unspecified 125

Place names

Places in Umtshezi Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population83,153
Young (0-14)34,4%
Working Age (15-64)61,5%
Elderly (65+)4,2%
Dependency ratio62,7
Sex ratio86,7
Growth rate3,25% (2001-2011)
Population density42 persons/km2
Unemployment rate36,9%
Youth unemployment rate47%
No schooling aged 20+16,9%
Higher education aged 20+7,8%
Matric aged 20+26,7%
Number of households19,252
Number of Agricultural households7,000
Average household size4,2
Female headed households48,9%
Formal dwellings68,9%
Housing owned/paying off56%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage47,3%
Weekly refuse removal50,3%
Piped water inside dwelling42,9%
Electricity for lighting73,2%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population60,087
Young (0-14)34,1%
Working Age (15-64)61,5%
Elderly (65+)4,4%
Dependency ratio62,4%
Sex ratio90,6
Growth rate4,62% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate55,1%
Youth unemployment rate64%
No schooling aged 20+26,7%
Higher education aged 20+6,9%
Matric aged 20+20%
Number of households13,102
Average household size4,2
Female headed households45,6%
Formal dwellings59,8%
Housing owned/paying off46,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage50%
Weekly refuse removal59,1%
Piped water inside dwelling29,5%
Electricity for lighting63,9%