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Title:Socio-economic and demographic characteristics of selected rural villages in the Nwanedi River Basin
Authors:Mears, RonaldISNI
Blaauw, Phillip
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:rural households
rural poverty
Abstract:Compared to other middle income countries, South Africa has exceedingly high levels of poverty. The government has dedicated itself to halving poverty between 2004 and 2014. This article examines the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of eight rural villages in Nwanedi River Basin in Limpopo Province, one of the poorest provinces in the country, on the basis of a survey among 132 households. It analyses age and gender profiles, education levels, employment status, origins of the inhabitants, mobility and migration, and the role of inadequate infrastructure and poor services. The results indicate that the average household size is 5.6 and that large family sizes and relatively low education levels contribute to a high dependency ratio among the sample population. A large number of economically inactive residents receive old age or child allowances. Together with insecure property rights and lack of basic facilities such as toilets and waste disposal, this indicates the plight of these rural villages. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]