uMshwathi

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uMshwathi Local Municipality has a population of about 106 374, with a sex ratio of 90 males per 100 females

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uMshwathi Municipality is situated within uMgungundlovu District Municipality immediately adjacent to Pietermaritzburg. uMshwathi comprises of four major urban centres (New Hanover, Wartburg, Dalton and Cool Air) as well as the rural residential settlements of Swayimane, Mpolweni, Thokozani and Ozwathini. uMshwathi covers an area of about 1 811 km².

Economic development opportunities at uMshwathi include the rehabilitation and development of the towns, middle and high-income housing projects as well as development of a road corridor linking the N2 and N3 by traversing the municipality.The importance of agriculture in uMshwathi cannot be overemphasized. Sugar cane is the predominant agricultural pursuit. Manufacturing activities are mainly related to agricultural processing activities, notably sugar and timber processing activities.

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15,7% of those aged 20+ had no form of schooling.

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uMshwathi Local Municipality has a population of about 106 374, with a sex ratio of 90 males per 100 females. The dependency ratio is significantly high (61). Black Africans constitutes 95%,. The white population constitutes 3%, while there is a smaller proportion of Indian people (2%).

Group Percentage
Black African95,1%
Coloured0,2%
Indian/Asian1,7%
White2,7%
Other0,2%
Age Males Females
0-4 6% 5,8%
5-9 5,2% 5,1%
10-14 5,4% 5,2%
15-19 5,7% 5,8%
20-24 5% 5,1%
25-29 4,2% 4,4%
30-34 3,2% 3,4%
35-39 2,8% 3%
40-44 2% 2,5%
45-49 1,9% 1,9%
50-54 1,6% 2,3%
55-59 1,4% 1,9%
60-64 1,2% 1,8%
65-69 0,6% 1,1%
70-74 0,4% 0,9%
75-79 0,2% 0,7%
80-84 0,2% 0,5%
85+ 0,1% 0,4%
Language Percentage
Afrikaans 0,6%
English 4,8%
IsiNdebele 1%
IsiXhosa 0,9%
IsiZulu 89%
Sepedi 0,2%
Sesotho 1,1%
Setswana 0,4%
Sign Language 0,4%
SiSwati 0,1%
Tshivenda 0%
Xitsonga 0%
Other 0.7%
Not Applicable 0,7%
Group Percentage
Married 16,3%
Living together like married partners 4,8%
Never married 75,8%
Widower/Widow 2,7%
Separated 0,3%
Divorced 0,2%
Group Percentage
No Schooling 3,2%
Some Primary 44,4%
Completed Primary 6,7%
Some Secondary 32,6%
Completed Secondary 11,6%
Higher Education 0,9%
Not Applicable 0,7%
Sex Percentage
Female 52,5%
Male 47,5%
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72,7% of households using electricity for lighting.

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There are 28124 households in uMshwathi Municipality, with an average of 3,8 persons per household. Almost 49% of households are headed by females. 63% of households reside in formal dwellings . 80% have access to piped water from either inside the dwelling, inside the yard, or water on a community stand.

Proper sanitation infrastructure is very low in Umshwathi, with only 21% of households having access to a flush toilet. There is relatively high access to electricity, with 73% of households using electricity for lighting.

Area Percentage
Urban 11,9%
Tribal/Traditional 48,5%
Farm 39,5%
Item Yes No
Cellphone 79,1% 20,9%
Computer 7% 93%
Television 53,5% 46,5%
Satellite Television 8,9% 91,1%
Radio 61,7% 38,3%
Landline / Telephone 6% 94%
Motor Car 14,9% 85,1%
Refrigerator