The City of Cape Town, as a metro municipality, is just ten years old, but as South Africa’s oldest city, it has a municipal governance and service delivery heritage that dates back more than 300 years. Council is responsible for continuing and strengthening this proud tradition, and delivering the best infrastructure, services and economic opportunities to Cape Town’s 3.7 million residents.
- In 2010, Cape Town’s population was estimated to be 3.7 million.
- The annual growth rate is 3%.
- The population could increase to 4.3 million over the next 20 years.
- Half of the people of Cape Town are younger than 26 years.
- In 2010, the estimated number of households was 1,060,964.
- This is projected to increase to 1.45 million by 2019.
- 72.5% of households live in formal dwellings, 17.1% live in informal dwellings, and 10.4% are‘backyarders’.
- Average household size declined from 3.92 to 3.72 members
- The percentage of households living informal dwellings has declined from 79.3% to 71.6%.
- Those households in informal dwellings in yards have increased from 3.3% to 10.7%. An estimated 291,826 households live in informal dwellings.
- This number is projected to grow to 417,213 by 2019. 89.7% of households are connected to an electricity supply.
- Refuse is removed from 95.0% of households.
- In 2009, 93.2% of households had access to a toilet connected to the public sewer system.