SA Metro: Ekurhuleni

Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality is one of three metropolitan cities in the province of Gauteng and occupies 1 975 km2 of the land area.

Ekurhuleni is highly urbanised with 99,4% of the population living in urban settlements ranging from informal settlements to elite urban residential suburbs. A number of large urbanised townships, such as Katlehong and Tokoza also occupy the landscape.


According to Census 2011, the municipality has a total population of just under 3,2 million, 78,7% of whom are black African. Whites make up 15,8%, and other race groups comprise the remaining 5,5%.


The main languages spoken in Ekurhuleni are isiZulu (28.6%), English (11.9%), Afrikaans (11.8%) and Sepedi (11.3%).

The gender ratio in Ekurhuleni is 51.2% male and 48.8% female. Between 2001 and 2011, Ekurhuleni experienced a population growth rate of 2.47%. By 2011, the number of households in Ekurhuleni numbered 1 015 464, with an average household size of 2.9 persons.


Census 2011 data revealed that 77.4% of Ekurhuleni population live in ‘formal dwellings’; 85% were connected to a flush sewerage system; 88.4% has their refuse removed on a weekly basis; 57.2% had access to piped water inside their dwelling and 82.2% used electricity for lighting.


Alberton, Bedfordview, Benoni, Birchleigh, Boksburg, Brakpan, Clayville, Daveyton, Dunnottar, Edenvale, Geduld, Germiston, Katlehong, Kempton Park, Kwa-Thema, Machenzieville, Nigel, Olifantsfontein, Springs, Tembisa, Tokoza, Vosloorus, Vorsterkroon.

Main economic sectors

Manufacturing (23%), finance and business services (21.3%), community services (20%), trade (15%), transport (11%), construction (4.1%), electricity (2.3%), and mining (2.3%).

Council’s seats

Current composition of the council’s 224 seats: ANC 110, DA 76, EFF 25, AIC 4, IFP 2, VF PLUS 2, ACDP 1, COPE 1, IRASA 1, PAC 1, PA 1.

The mayor of Ekurhuleni is ANC’s Mzwandile Masina.


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