61 939 People with Disabilities in Nelson Mandela Bay

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

A total of 61 939 people over five years of age in Nelson Mandela Bay or 6.9% of the population of 897 605 are disabled, according to figures released by Statistics South Africa.

Of the total, 26 429 are male and 35 510 female.

Nelson Mandela Bay, together with the Eastern Cape’s other metro, Buffalo City, has the lowest percentage of people with disabilities.

The highest percentage is in Amathole (12.8%) followed by Joe Gqabi (12.3%) and Chris Hani (11.6%).

The statistics show that of the 61 939 people with disabilities in Nelson Mandela Bay 41 497 are Black African; 11 112 Coloured; 458 Indian/Asian; 8 469 white and 403 “other”.

The statistics show that 472 106 people or 9.6% of the total Eastern Cape population of 4.9 million are disabled.

This is the fourth highest after Free State (11.1%); Northern Cape (11%) and North West (10%).

The figures also show that the average income for a person without a disability in the Eastern Cape of R30 163 a year, while that for a disabled person is R17 938 a year.

The statistics show that the percent-age of people aged 15-64 without disabilities employed in the Eastern Cape is 52.9% as opposed to 50.4% of people with disabilities.

With regard to education, 25.1% of people with disabilities have no schooling compared to 8.7% who are not disabled.

A total of 21.8% of people without disabilities have passed Grade 12 against 6.5% who are disabled. - metrominutes