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Limpopo Province covers 123 910km2 with an estimated population of 5.8million which translates into a population density of 44 people per square kilometer. The population of Limpopo contributes to 11.3% of South Africa’s population of 47.9 million, according to STATS SA (2007). This makes Limpopo the 4th most populated province in the country. It has a youthful population with 37% of the population being children aged fourteen years or younger, while the economically active population (15 – 64) makes up 57.6%.

Females outnumber males with the former constituting 53%. From a district perspective, Limpopo comprises of 5 districts as indicated by the Table 1 below. Sekhukune (where Maruleng municipality is situated) represents one of the most densely populated but poor rural areas of Limpopo.



Demographics of the districts in Limpopo Province

District Male Female Total
Number % Number % Number %
Capricorn 590 765 23.2 656 995 23 1 247 760 23.1
Vhembe 600 950 23.6 694 129 24.3 1 295 079 23.9
Waterberg 333 597 13.1 337 067 11.8 670 646 12.4
Mopani 542 383 21.3 615 578 21.2 1 147 961 21.2
Sekhukhune 478 723 18.8 562731 19.7 1 041 454 19.3
Total 2 546 400 100 2 856 500 100 5 402 900 100


33.4% of those in the province aged 20 years and older have no formal education, and 67.6% of those with no formal education are women. According to National Unemployment figures, Limpopo’s unemployment rate is highest in comparison with other provinces at 32.4% in March 2007.

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