Mafube consists of four town (Frankfort, Villiers, Cornelia and Tweeling), as well as a rural area consisting mainly of commercial agriculture. Villiers, Tweeling and Cornelia are located in an area of agriculture significance and mainly provide restricted services in this regard of the surroundings rural communities and primarily accommodate farm worker migrating to these towns.
The population for Mafube was 61 936 in 2008 with 26.8% of households having no income. Unemployment remains a critical concern in the area and unemployment figures could generally be considered as high. Only 16.6% of the population is employed. The most recent unemployment statistics for Mafube is 13.3%; the portion of the eligible work force that is unemployed, is calculated as 24.6% and 30.4% of the population is not economically active.
Local Economic Development
Mafube has a comprehensive LED Strategy and intend to specifically focus on Tourism, industrial, agricultural and SMME development. Part of the strategy for local empowerment and capacity building is the introduction of LED learnerships and involvement in the EPWP.