Frances Baard District Municipality is the smallest district in the Northern Cape. Its area accounts for 3,4% of the total area of the province. However, the District Municipality accommodates the largest proportion of the population of the province, giving it the largest population density (30,85 persons per square km) in the province.
The area of jurisdiction falling under the Frances Baard District Municipality includes the four local municipalities of Dikgatlong, Magareng, Phokwane and Sol Plaatje. The city of Kimberley, which is the seat of the District Municipality and of the Northern Cape legislature, is located in Sol Plaatje Municipality, the largest of the four.
The Vaal, Harts and Orange rivers run through the District.
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Although predominantly a mining and agricultural region, Frances Baard District Municipality also offers rich experiences in terms of culture and history. The climate is favourable for outdoor living with a great number of sunny days throughout the year. Two of the largest rivers, the Orange and Vaal, flow through the district.
Kimberley is the capital city of the Northern Cape. It is situated in the centre of South Africa on the N12 national road between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Kimberley offers visitors a plethora of fascinating tourist attractions such as:
- The William Humphrey Art Gallery
- The Duggan Cronin Gallery, which holds a collection of early photographs of indigenous Africans.
- Various old buildings and monuments dating back to 1899
Other attractions include:
- Flamingo Casino
- Game farms
- Kamfers Dam (flamingo-breeding island)
- Ghost tours
- ‘Big Hole’ Tram Route
District-wide priority issues for 2017/18 – 2021/22
Water and Sanitation
Roads and storm water
Speed bumps and roads signs
Strategic government institution
Refuse and rock removal
Sports and recreation
Roads Stalls (Taxis)
Community Hall and Library
Refurbishment of the Municipal buildings (Offices)
Local economic development
|Number of households||353 709||113 330||72 012||14 751||6 970||19 597||16 923 309|
|Population size||1 193 780||387 741||255 351||48 164||24 059||60 168||55 653 654|
Source: Census 2016
The population of the district is fairly young with 69% of the population aged 40 years and younger. Those between the ages of 41 and 65 years account for 23% and only 7% of the population is of retirement age, i.e. 66 years and older (Census 2016).
The dominant languages in the district are Setswana, Afrikaans, English and IsiXhosa and black Africans account for over 250 000 of population.
The household size was the largest in Sol Plaatje with 4.11 persons per household followed by Magareng 3.95, Dikgatlong 3.91 and Phokwane 3.59.
The district economy is primary sector driven though the services sector is the biggest contributor to the district GDP. Agriculture and mining remain the anchor sectors in the district. The structure of the district economy is as follows:
Unemployment in the Frances Baard DM is relatively high with approximately 34% of the municipality unemployed in 2011, with the youth (15-35 years of age) unemployment rate being higher at approximately 50%. This rate however had decreased since 2001, showing positive growth had occurred in the district.
FBDM Labour absorption
Source: STATISTICS SA, 2011
The biggest employers in the district is agriculture, community services and trade.
The education statistics of individuals aged 20 and older has also improved in Frances Baard over the last 10 years, the rate of no schooling has decreased and the number of people completing Grade 12 moving to higher education qualifications has increased as the skills level has increased so has the number of jobs.