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Sedibeng District Municipality

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Country  South Africa
Time zone  SAST (UTC+2)
Area  4,173 km²
Black african population  81.7%
Province  Gauteng
Seat  Vereeniging
Municipal code  DC42
White population  15.6%
Native afrikaans speakers  15.2%

Local municipalities  List Emfuleni Midvaal Lesedi
University  Vaal University of Technology
Points of interest  Vaal Teknorama, Alice Glockner Nature R, Klip River, Mid Vaal, Anglo‑Boer War Blockhou

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).

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Map of Sedibeng, South Africa

Etymology

The name means "The place of the pool" in the Sesotho language.

Geographic location

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

Neighbours

Sedibeng is surrounded by:

  • Johannesburg (Johannesburg) to the north
  • Ekurhuleni (EastRand) to the north
  • Nkangala in Mpumalanga to the north-east (DC31)
  • Gert Sibande in Mpumalanga to the east (DC30)
  • Fezile Dabi to the south (DC20)
  • Dr Kenneth Kaunda in North West to the west (DC40)
  • West Rand to the north-west (CBDC8)
  • Local municipalities

    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.

    Socio economic situation

    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.

    Demographics

    The following statistics are from the 2001 census.

    Environmental

    Some of Sedibeng's natural resources are:

  • The Vaal River
  • 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
  • References

    Sedibeng District Municipality Wikipedia


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