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According to Census 2011, Ngqushwa Local Municipality has a total population of 72 190. Nearly all of the people (99,2%) in the municipality are black African, 0,2% are coloured, with the other population groups making up the rest.Of those aged 20 years and older, 8,7% have completed primary school; 35,2% have some secondary education, 15% have completed matric, 3,9% have some form of higher education; and 13,7% have no form of schooling.
There are 21 384 households in the municipality, with an average household size of 3,2 persons per household. Just over half of households (51%) are headed by females.A very high proportion of households (91,4%) have access to electricity; while only 6,1% of households have access to piped water inside their dwellings.
There are 13 443 people that are economically active (employed or unemployed but looking for work), and of these 25,8% are unemployed.Of the 6 030 economically active youth (15–34 years) in the area, 64,1% are unemployed.
|Discouraged Work Seeker||13,9%|
|Not Economically Active||54,1%|
Source: Statistics South Africa.