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Sedibeng District Municipality

Sedibeng is one of the districts of the Gauteng province of South Africa. The administrative seat of Sedibeng is Vereeniging. The most widely spoken language among its 794,605 inhabitants is Sesotho (2001 Census).

Sedibeng
District municipality
Official seal of Sedibeng
Seal
Location in Gauteng
Location in Gauteng
Coordinates: 26°30′S 28°15′E / 26.500°S 28.250°E / -26.500; 28.250Coordinates: 26°30′S 28°15′E / 26.500°S 28.250°E / -26.500; 28.250
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Seat Vereeniging
Local municipalities
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Simon Mofokeng
Area
 • Total 4,173 km2 (1,611 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 916,484
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 81.7%
 • Coloured 1.2%
 • Indian/Asian 1.0%
 • White 15.6%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 46.7%
 • Zulu 16.0%
 • Afrikaans 15.2%
 • Xhosa 7.1%
 • Other 15%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal code DC42

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EtymologyEdit

The name means "The place by the spring" in the Sesotho language.

Geographic locationEdit

Situated in South Africa, the jurisdictional area of Sedibeng District Municipality covers the entire southern area of Gauteng Province, extending along a 120 km axis from east to west. The total extent of the Sedibeng area of jurisdiction is 4630 km²

NeighboursEdit

Sedibeng is surrounded by:

Local municipalitiesEdit

Sedibeng District Municipality consists of the three local municipalities, namely Lesedi, Midvaal and Emfuleni. The total number of households in Sedibeng is estimated at 224 307.

Local municipality Seat Area (km²) Population Pop. % Dominant language
Emfuleni Vanderbijlpark 1 276 (27.6%) 658 425 82.86% Sotho
Lesedi Heidelberg 1 042 (22.5%) 71 531 9.00% Zulu
Midvaal Meyerton 2 312 (49.9%) 64 641 8.13% Sotho, Afrikaans

Socio economic situationEdit

The total population of Sedibeng accounts for only 9% of the total Gauteng population of 8.84 million. This means that in 2001 Sedibengs's population was approximately 794 600 (Stats SA, 2001 CENSUS). The growth rate for Gauteng was 3.75% p.a and 2% p.a for Sedibeng during 2003 (Stats SA). In terms of the economy the district is dominated by manufacturing, which contributed roughly 32% to the local economy during 2001. Manufacturing in the district is dominated by the fabricated metal and the chemical sectors (Mittal Steel Company (previously ISCOR) and Sasol. The local economy has been stagnating for a number of years, with a net loss in formal job opportunities. Economic sectors which do present opportunities for further local development and economic growth include agriculture and tourism.[citation needed]

DemographicsEdit

The following statistics are from the 2001 census.

Language Population %
Sotho 386 696 48.67%
Zulu 132 903 16.73%
Afrikaans 119 109 14.99%
Xhosa 69 049 8.69%
English 30 283 3.81%
Tswana 21 635 2.72%
Northern Sotho 12 696 1.60%
Tsonga 7 749 0.98%
Swati 4 358 0.55%
Ndebele 3 837 0.48%
Other 3 684 0.46%
Venda 2 598 0.33%

GenderEdit

Gender Population %
Female 402 976 50.71%
Male 391 629 49.29%

Ethnic groupEdit

Ethnic group Population %
Black African 648 901 81.66%
White 130 407 16.41%
Coloured 8 492 1.07%
Indian/Asian 6 805 0.86%

AgeEdit

Age Population %
000 - 004 64 639 8.13%
005 - 009 67 839 8.54%
010 - 014 72 225 9.09%
015 - 019 77 832 9.80%
020 - 024 84 539 10.64%
025 - 029 80 393 10.12%
030 - 034 67 418 8.48%
035 - 039 63 775 8.03%
040 - 044 56 839 7.15%
045 - 049 46 079 5.80%
050 - 054 34 982 4.40%
055 - 059 24 848 3.13%
060 - 064 19 325 2.43%
065 - 069 13 337 1.68%
070 - 074 9 130 1.15%
075 - 079 5 374 0.68%
080 - 084 3 876 0.49%
085 - 089 1 305 0.16%
090 - 094 542 0.07%
095 - 099 218 0.03%
100 plus 90 0.01%

EnvironmentalEdit

Some of Sedibeng's natural resources are:

  • The Vaal River. At times however, the river is polluted by untreated sewage from this municipality.[4]
  • Vaal Dam, a tourist attraction and important source of water even beyond the boundaries of Sedibeng
  • Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, which contributes substantially to the natural beauty in and around Lesedi and Midvaal
  • Aquifers, which are a very important source of water in rural areas

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Sicetsha, Andile (14 August 2018). "Dr Anthony Turton: Vaal River fix will cost the govt. between R800bn and R1tn". thesouthafrican.com. The South African. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 

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