Witzenberg

Quick Fact

2,64% Population growth rate.

Quick Fact Image 2,64% Growth Rate

Witzenberg Local Municipality is located within the Cape Winelands District Municipality in the Western Cape province and is classified as a Category B municipality. It is responsible for basic service provision to the demarcated municipal area that includes the towns of Ceres, Tulbagh, Prince Alfred’s Hamlet, Wolseley and Op-die-Berg.

Rural areas within the municipal boundary are Warm Bokkeveld, Koue Bokkeveld, Agter-Witzenberg and the northern portion of Breede River Valley (Het Land van Waveren). The municipality is situated about 150km north-east of Cape Town. The region is surrounded by three mountain ranges: the Obiqua mountains to the west, the Winterhoek mountains to the north and the Witzenberg range to the east.

(Source: www.localgovernment.co.za).

Rank By:
94 ranking by population size
  Rank view all
Amahlathi , Eastern Cape 122,778 91
Ngwathe , Free State 120,520 92
Emalahleni , Eastern Cape 119,460 93
Witzenberg , Western Cape 115,946 94
Lephalale , Limpopo 115,767 95
Lekwa , Mpumalanga 115,662 96
Nkandla , KwaZulu-Natal 114,416 97
Quick Fact

6,6% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Quick Fact Image

According to Census 2011, Witzenberg Local Municipality has a total population of 115 946 people, of whom 65,9% are coloured, 25,3% are black African, and 7,7% are white. The other population groups make up the remaining 1,1%.

Of those aged 20 years and older, 9,2% have completed primary school, 40,2% have some secondary education, 18,2% have completed matric, and 5,8% have some form of higher education, while 6,6% of those aged 20 years and older have no form of schooling.

Group Percentage
Black African25,3%
Coloured65,9%
Indian/Asian0,2%
White7,7%
Other0,8%
Age Males Females
0-4 4,5% 4,4%
5-9 4,1% 4%
10-14 4,3% 4,1%
15-19 4,3% 4,3%
20-24 5,7% 4,7%
25-29 5,7% 4,9%
30-34 4,7% 3,9%
35-39 4,3% 3,8%
40-44 3,6% 3,7%
45-49 3% 3%
50-54 2,4% 2,4%
55-59 1,7% 1,9%
60-64 1,2% 1,3%
65-69 0,8% 0,9%
70-74 0,5% 0,6%
75-79 0,3% 0,4%
80-84 0,1% 0,3%
85+ 0,1% 0,2%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 73,8%
English 1,9%
IsiNdebele 0,1%
IsiXhosa 16,2%
IsiZulu 0,1%
Sepedi 0,1%
Sesotho 4,4%
Setswana 0,4%
Sign Language 0,3%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0,1%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.4%
Not Applicable 2%
Group Percentage
Married 28%
Living together like married partners 8,9%
Never married 58,7%
Widower/Widow 3,1%
Separated 0,4%
Divorced 0,9%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,1%
Some Primary 40,8%
Completed Primary 7,3%
Some Secondary 35,1%
Completed Secondary 10,4%
Higher Education 1%
Not Applicable 2,3%
Sex Percentage
Female 48,6%
Male 51,4%
Quick Fact

93,4% of households have access to electricity for lighting.

Quick Fact Image

There are 27 419 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,8 persons per household.

90,9% of households have access to piped water either in their dwelling or in the yard. Only 0,5% of households do not have access to piped water.

Area Percentage
Urban 53,8%
Tribal/Traditional 0%
Farm 46,2%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 81,1% 18,9%
Computer 17,4% 82,6%
Television 74,9% 25,1%
Satellite Television 33,8% 66,2%
Radio 53,3% 46,7%
Landline / Telephone 16,3% 83,7%
Motor Car 28,4% 71,6%
Refrigerator 70,3% 29,7%
Electric / Gas-Stove 87,4% 12,6%
Energy Source Cooking Heating Lighting
Electricity 89,2% 59,7% 93,4%
Gas 3,6% 1,1% 0,2%
Paraffin 3,6% 4,6% 1,8%
Solar 0,2% 0,2% 0,4%
Candles 0% 0% 3,8%
Wood 3,2% 26,2% 0%
Coal 0% 0,1% 0%
Animal Dung 0,1% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
None 0,2% 8,1% 0,4%
Access Percentage
From Home 6,6%
From Cellphone 11,5%
From Work 4,1%
From Elsewhere 1,5%
No Access 76,4%
Tenure Status Percentage
Rented 23,9%
Owned and fully paid off 25,5%
Owned but not yet paid off 9%
Occupied rent free 32,7%
Other 8,9%
Source of water Percentage
Regional/Local water scheme (operated by municipality or other water services provider) 63,8%
Borehole 19%
Spring 5,7%
Rain water tank 0,8%
Dam/Pool/Stagnant water 6,2%
River/Stream 1,4%
Water vendor 0,2%
Water tanker 1,5%
Other 1,4%
Toilet Facility Percentage
None 2,6%
Flush toilet (connected to sewerage system) 86,9%
Flush toilet (with septic tank) 4,7%
Chemical toilet 0,7%
Pit toilet with ventilation 0,5%
Pit toilet without ventilation 0,3%
Bucket toilet 1,9%
Other 2,4%
Refuse Disposal Percentage
Removed by local authority/private company at least once a week 69,9%
Removed by local authority/private company less often 8,6%
Communal refuse dump 6,9%
Own refuse dump 11,3%
No rubbish disposal 1,1%
Other 2,3%
Quick Fact

7,6% Unemployment rate.

Quick Fact Image

56 334 people are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these, 7,6% are unemployed.

9,9% of the 29 308 economically active youth (15 – 34 years) in the municipality are unemployed.

Employment Status Number
Employed 52062
Unemployed 4272
Discouraged Work Seeker 1067
Not Economically Active 24231
Income Percentage
None income 6,4%
R1 - R4,800 1,9%
R4,801 - R9,600 4%
R9,601 - R19,600 18,5%
R19,601 - R38,200 25,8%
R38,201 - R76,4000 20,9%
R76,401 - R153,800 10,4%
R153,801 - R307,600 6,8%
R307,601 - R614,400 3,9%
R614,001 - R1,228,800 0,9%
R1,228,801 - R2,457,600 0,3%
R2,457,601+ 0,2%
Agricultural households
Type of specific activity Number
Livestock production 628
Poultry production 735
Vegetable production 1,870
Production of other crops 660
Other 481

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

Agricultural households
Type of activity Number
Crops only 0
Animals only 757
Mixed farming 421
Other 154

**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 244
R1-R4 800 50
R4 801-R38 400 2,086
R38 401-R307 200 596
R307 201+ 157
Unspecified 55

Place names

Places in Witzenberg Municipality

Key Statistics 2011

Total population115,946
Young (0-14)25,4%
Working Age (15-64)70,4%
Elderly (65+)4,2%
Dependency ratio42
Sex ratio105,6
Growth rate2,64% (2001-2011)
Population density11 persons/km2
Unemployment rate7,6%
Youth unemployment rate9,9%
No schooling aged 20+6,6%
Higher education aged 20+5,8%
Matric aged 20+18,2%
Number of households27,419
Number of Agricultural households3,189
Average household size3,4
Female headed households28,9%
Formal dwellings86,2%
Housing owned/paying off34,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage86,9%
Weekly refuse removal69,9%
Piped water inside dwelling78,8%
Electricity for lighting93,4%

Key Statistics 2001

Total population89,087
Young (0-14)29,6%
Working Age (15-64)70,4%
Elderly (65+)4%
Dependency ratio50,6%
Sex ratio99,6
Growth rate3,08% (2001-2011)
Unemployment rate13,6%
Youth unemployment rate17,3%
No schooling aged 20+12,2%
Higher education aged 20+6%
Matric aged 20+13%
Number of households20,651
Average household size3,9
Female headed households24,2%
Formal dwellings89%
Housing owned/paying off37,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage60,8%
Weekly refuse removal55,2%
Piped water inside dwelling67,6%
Electricity for lighting84,1%