Municipality: Westonaria Local Municipality

Address

Gauteng
South Africa
Phone: 011 278 3000
Fax: 011 753 4176
Gauteng ZA

Description

Westonaria Local Municipality is a Category B municipality and located within the jurisdiction of the West Rand District Municipality (WRDM). The WRDM comprises of four municipalities namely Mogale City Local Municipality, Randfontein Local Municipality, Westonaria Local Municipality and Merafong City Local Municipality (MCLM).

Westonaria Local Municipality is situated approximately 60 km from the economic hub of Gauteng namely Johannesburg, Pretoria and Midrand. The N12 and the R28 national and provincial roads respectively as well as the railway line provide easy access to the area. Goods and produce can reach markets and airports fairly easily without sacrificing loss of quality or excessive transport costs.

Greater Westonaria comprises an area of 616 km2 representing 25% of the area in the West Rand District Municipality. The population of 99 218 represents 18,4% of the total population on the West Rand.

The Westonaria Local Municipality is characterised by a dispersed urban structure consisting of various urban areas and mining villages spread across the entire municipal area. The urban areas include the following townships as well as rural areas:

  • Westonaria
  • Bekkersdal
  • Simunye
  • Venterspost
  • Glenharvie
  • Hillshaven
  • Wagterskop Extension 2
  • Nufcor (private township)
  • Libanon (mining village)
  • Waterpan (mining village)

The rural areas consist of a large number of farms as well as the following agricultural holdings:

  • Dennydale - Kocksoord
  • Petrograaf
  • Ten Acres (South of railway)
  • Wagterskop
  • Waterpan
  • West Rand Agricultural Holdings
  • West Rand Gardens Estates

Main Employment Sectors

Although the percentage seems low, Westonaria has a reported percentage of the unemployed to be 29,6% based on information released by Global Insight data.

Source: Westonaria LM IDP 2011/2012

Weaknesses

Data reflects that 20% of the population of Westonaria is not schooled. The “No Schooling” category includes children under the age of 5 years, people who did not receive any schooling and where specifics were not provided. The level of people having a primary education reflects 35%. The secondary level education reflects people who attended high school but not having matric/Gr 12. This group represents
30%. Having a matric /Gr 12 qualification, with or without exemption, represents 9% of the community while a tertiary qualification reflects as 6% of the community. 

Functional literacy affects the quality of labour being offered. Inadequate training and skill levels are barriers preventing a greater proportion of the available labour force to find employment thus contributing to the economy.