Uphongolo

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uPhongolo has a total population of 127 238.

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The uPhongolo Local Municipality is in extent of approximately 4 185 km²and accommodates in the region of 127 238 people, with a population density of 30. Main access to the municipality is via the N2 from Gauteng in the north-west and Durban in the south.

The municipality provides regional access to a wide range of tourist activities outside its own boundaries. The municipality contains in overall terms very low settlement densities while on the other hand containing substantial recreational and tourism opportunities.

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Uphongolo , KwaZulu-Natal 127,238 85
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35,5% of those aged 20+ had no form of schooling.

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Children between the ages of 0–4 constitute about 14% of the municipal population. About 56% are within the working age group of 15–64 years.

The black African population group makes up about 98% of the total population in the municipality, and 94% speak isiZulu as their home language. Females make up about 53% of the municipality’s population.

Group Percentage
Black African98,1%
Coloured0,1%
Indian/Asian0,1%
White1,5%
Other0,1%
Age Males Females
0-4 6,9% 7%
5-9 6,3% 6,4%
10-14 6,4% 6,2%
15-19 6,3% 6,2%
20-24 5% 5,6%
25-29 3,9% 4,5%
30-34 2,6% 3,1%
35-39 2,1% 2,5%
40-44 1,6% 2,2%
45-49 1,3% 1,3%
50-54 1,3% 1,8%
55-59 1% 1,5%
60-64 0,8% 1,2%
65-69 0,5% 0,8%
70-74 0,4% 0,8%
75-79 0,2% 0,5%
80-84 0,1% 0,5%
85+ 0,1% 0,3%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 1,5%
English 1,1%
IsiNdebele 1,2%
IsiXhosa 0,1%
IsiZulu 93,8%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 0,1%
Setswana 0,6%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0,5%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0,1%
Other 0.2%
Not Applicable 0,2%
Group Percentage
Married 12,9%
Living together like married partners 5,7%
Never married 79,1%
Widower/Widow 1,8%
Separated 0,3%
Divorced 0,1%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,3%
Some Primary 46,6%
Completed Primary 6,6%
Some Secondary 31%
Completed Secondary 11,8%
Higher Education 0,5%
Not Applicable 0,1%
Sex Percentage
Female 53,1%
Male 46,9%
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73% household access to electricity for lighting.

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By far the largest proportions of services backlogs occur in the tribal areas and the provision of these services requires a substantial amount of funding. The area appears to have sufficient sources for the provision of water. However, the complicating factor is the undulating topography that is characteristic of the entire municipal area. In some instances, it becomes difficult and expensive to provide these services. There are severe backlogs in the provision and availability of basic services in both urban and rural communities within uPhongolo. Rural communities are, however, affected the most.

Area Percentage
Urban 14,4%
Tribal/Traditional 68,5%
Farm 17,1%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 86,2% 13,8%
Computer 6,3% 93,7%
Television 54,1% 45,9%
Satellite Television 13,5% 86,5%
Radio 62,1% 37,9%
Landline / Telephone 3,5% 96,5%
Motor Car 15,4% 84,6%
Refrigerator 51,6% 48,4%
Electric / Gas-Stove 61,2% 38,8%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 58% 40,1% 73%
Gas 5,9% 2,7% 0,6%
Paraffin 2,3% 0,7% 0,3%
Solar 0,1% 0,2% 0,3%
Candles 0% 0% 25,3%
Wood 32,9% 30,7% 0%
Coal 0,1% 0,4% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0,1% 0%
Other 0,1% 0% 0%
None 0,4% 25,2% 0,6%
Access Percentage
From Home 2%
From Cellphone 16,6%
From Work 1,8%
From Elsewhere 2,4%
No Access 77,1%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 18,4%
Owned and fully paid off 50,4%
Owned but not yet paid off 6,4%
Occupied rent free 22,5%
Other 2,3%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 44,9%
Borehole 10,8%
Spring 2,6%
Rain water tank 1,5%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 9,9%
River/Stream 20,8%
Water vendor 2,1%
Water tanker 4,4%
Other 3%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 27,5%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 11,4%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 2,8%
Chemical toilet 2,8%
Pit toilet with ventilation 25,9%
Pit toilet without ventilation 26,9%
Bucket toilet 0,7%
Other 2,1%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 19,3%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 4,2%
Communal refuse dump 1,2%
Own refuse dump 59,1%
No rubbish disposal 13,2%
Other 2,9%
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35,5% Unemployment Rate.

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Agriculture and tourism form the basis for the municipality’s economy. The municipality promotes and supports SMME development in acknowledgement of the support that such enterprises make to economic development, job creation and income generation. Much of the agricultural activities consist of sugar cane farming; smaller areas are used for citrus and crop planting.

Employment Status Number
Employed 18210
Unemployed 10043
Discouraged Work Seeker 7263
Not Economically Active 36236
Income Percentage
None income 13,7%
R1 - R4,800 6,2%
R4,801 - R9,600 11,5%
R9,601 - R19,600 26,6%
R19,601 - R38,200 21,8%
R38,201 - R76,4000 9,2%
R76,401 - R153,800 5,5%
R153,801 - R307,600 3,3%
R307,601 - R614,400 1,4%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,3%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,2%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 4,348
Poultry production 7,312
Vegetable production 4,488
Production of other crops 2,096
Other 1,480

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 2,381
Animals only 5,766
Mixed farming 3,133
Other 265

**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 3,994
R1-R4 800 665
R4 801-R38 400 5,726
R38 401-R307 200 865
R307 201+ 94
Unspecified 201

Key Statistics 2011

Total population127,238
Young (0-14)39,3%
Working Age (15-64)56,4%
Elderly (65+)4,3%
Dependency ratio77,3
Sex ratio88,5
Population growth rate0,6% (2001-2011)
Population density39 persons/km2
Unemployment rate35,5%
Youth unemployment rate43,9%
No schooling aged 20+19,9%
Higher education aged 20+4,7%
Matric aged 20+25,6%
Number of households28,772
Number of Agricultural households11,545
Average household size4,3
Female headed households48,6%
Formal dwellings83,5%
Housing owned/paying off56,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage11,4%
Weekly refuse removal19,3%
Piped water inside dwelling17,4%
Electricity for lighting73%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population119,781
Young (0-14)40,9%
Working Age (15-64)56,4%
Elderly (65+)4,2%
Dependency ratio82
Sex ratio88,3
Population growth rate3,96% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate48,6%
Youth unemployment rate55,4%
No schooling aged 20+37,1%
Higher education aged 20+3,8%
Matric aged 20+12,4%
Number of households24,814
Average household size4,4
Female headed households47,6%
Formal dwellings65,8%
Housing owned/paying off52%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage9,1%
Weekly refuse removal16,7%
Piped water inside dwelling6,1%
Electricity for lighting52,4%