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South Africa, Magisterial District

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MAGISZA identifies the household's magisterial district within South Africa in 1996 and 2001. MAGISZA is harmonized by name and does not account for boundary changes over time.

The full set of geography variables for South Africa can be found in the IPUMS International Geography variables list. For cross-national geographic analysis on the first and second major administrative level of any country refer to GEOLEV1, and GEOLEV2. More information on IPUMS-International geography can be found here.

Comparability — General

Magisterial districts are an administrative area created to serve the justice system through a network of magisterial offices. The 1996 census used magisterial districts as the basic geographic unit. They were not used as a basis for demarcation in the 2001 census.

MAGISZA does not account for boundary changes, but users should be aware that there might have been changes over time.

Where officially-defined magisterial districts have populations less than 20,000, they have been regionalized (combined) with neighboring magisterial districts.


  • All households


  • South Africa: 1996, 2001