Jeffreys Bay has seen enormous growth since the last national census was conducted in 2001. We have witnessed a mass influx from the rural areas surrounding us like Hankey and Patensie as well as a movement of people from the former homelands such as the Transkei and Ciskei.
All come to Jeffreys Bay believing it to be the Promised Land. They come in search of jobs and a better life than what they experienced in the poverty stricken rural areas.
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(Above: Jeffreys Bay has not escaped the migration of people from rural areas to the towns and cities of South Africa)
Yet Jeffreys Bay is ill equipped to deal with all those who come to town with great expectations. There is an old joke that the only way to leave Jeffreys Bay with a million rand in your pocket is to come to town with R 3 million.
There is no industry that can absorb all the job seekers who need to survive once they arrive in Jeffreys Bay. The result is that crime increases as desperation sets in and as Bob Marley once said, “A hungry man is an angry man”.
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(Above: Many of the social issues that concerned Bob Marley are evident in modern day Jeffreys Bay)
Stats SA has announced that the next national census will take place in 2011. The results for Jeffreys Bay will be extremely revealing about how many people have moved here over the past ten years and hopefully proper plans can be put in place to ensure adequate service delivery for the next decade.
Some interesting stats:
- South Africa’s population is estimated at 49 million people. This indicate an increase of about 530 000 people in the past year.
- Gauteng comprises the largest share of the South African population with (22 %) living in this province.
- 31 % of the population is aged younger than 15 years
- An estimated that 211 600 people will have migrated from the Eastern Cape between 2006 – 2011.
- Gauteng and Western Cape are estimated to experience a net inflow of migrants of approximately 364 400 and 94 600 respectively.
- Life expectancy is estimated at 53 years for males and 55 years for females.
- The estimated overall HIV prevalence rate is approximately 11 %.