Socio-Economic Profile of Urban Renewal Nodes, Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain
Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain
Socio-Economic/Monitoring Survey [hh/sems]
A tender was posted, by the Cape Town City Council, in November 2005 for a socio-economic survey and two focus groups to be conducted in both Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain. This tender was awarded to the Unit for Religion and Development at the University of Stellenbosch. The purpose was to update the 2001 Census information as well as to identify key priority issues and needs to inform integrated planning for the areas. In addition, the survey was intended to assess the impact of the Urban Renewal Programme in the respective communities. The objectives of the survey and focus groups were as follows:
• To evaluate the Urban Renewal Programme in the nodes of Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s
Plain in order to improve the programme outcomes and the communication thereof;
• To develop a demographic and socio-economic profile of the community in terms of
household size and composition, education, income and work status. A socio-economic
and demographic profile is important in the identification of community needs to inform
• To measure the communities’ perceptions on the value and importance of various services
as well as their level of satisfaction with the delivery of these and other services;
• To identify the key needs of the respective communities in order to inform the City on
appropriate investment in facilities, infrastructure and services.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data
Unit of Analysis
Households and individuals
v1.1: Edited, anonymised dataset for licensed distribution.
The original dataset was provided by the Information and Knowledge Management Department of the City of Cape Town. DataFirst updated this original version by including variable and value labels. These labels were based on information contained within the metadata and questionnaires that accompany the dataset.
The scope of the Socio-economic Profiling of Urban Renewal Nodes Survey includes:
-HOUSEHOLD: information on income and monthly expenditure, dwelling type, access to and knowledge of various public services, awareness of and access to various urban renewal programmes, information of the influence of urban renewal programmes and public services on quality of life, community identified challenges to urban renewal, date of time at which respondent moved to locale, previous locale if not born in Khayelitsha or Mitchell's Plain, information on problems in communities (like drugs, alcohol, violence, fires and floods), mortality information for households in preceding year (2005), perceptions of safety, information on water, sanitation and electricity problems.
-INDIVIDUAL: demographic characteristics, disability, language, social grants, religious affiliation, education, employment, entrepreneurship, crime
Two renewal nodes in the Western Cape: Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain
Enumerated area (unlabelled and unindentifiable)
Urban renewal nodes of Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain
All households and de jure household members within Khayelitsha or Mitchell's Plain.
Producers and sponsors
Information and Knowledge Management Department
City of Cape Town
University of Stellenbosch
Unit for Religion and Development Research
University of Stellenbosch
The survey is a stratified sample of 1 000 households from the study area. The sample was stratified on two levels: first, according to the number of households of the two geographical areas in the study area; and second, according to the number of formal and informal dwelling units in each geographical area (Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha).
Regarding the first level of stratification by the number of households for each nodal area, a sample was selected totalling 453 households for the Mitchell’s Plain area and 547 for Khayelitsha. The second level of stratification by dwelling unit type was done within each nodal area, for Mitchell’s Plain totalling 12 informal dwelling units and 441 formal dwelling units, and for Khayelitsha totalling 311 informal dwelling units and 236 formal dwelling units. Formal and informal households were randomly selected from a small area layer (SAL) data set. This data set was created by combining all enumerated areas (EAs) with a population of less than 500 with adjacent EAs within the same sub-place by Statistics South Africa. Assigned to the SAL are the elected datasets from the 2001 Census, one of which is housing type. Because of the small sample size, comparison between geographic areas and/or different dwelling units within the areas may not be statistically significant.
Licensed use files, available for non-commercial use only
City of Cape Town and Unit for Religion and Development. Socio-Economic Profiling of Urban Renewal Nodes 2006 [dataset]. Cape Town: City of Cape Town, Stellenbosch: URD, University of Stellenbosch [producers], 2006. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2012. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25828/8fg6-q179