Bushbuckridge

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Bushbuckridge
Bosbokrand
Mapulaneng
Bushbuckridge is located in South Africa
Bushbuckridge
Bushbuckridge
 Bushbuckridge shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 24°50′S 31°4′E / 24.833°S 31.067°E / -24.833; 31.067Coordinates: 24°50′S 31°4′E / 24.833°S 31.067°E / -24.833; 31.067
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Ehlanzeni
Municipality Bushbuckridge
Government
 • Type Municipal council
 • Executive mayor Milton Morema (ANC)
Area[1]
 • Total 2.41 km2 (0.93 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,159
 • Density 900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Northern Sotho 57.6%
 • Sotho 20.0%
 • Tsonga 10.7%
 • Zulu 4.5%
 • Other 7.1%
Postal code (street) 1280
PO box 1280
Website bushbuckridge

Bushbuckridge (Afrikaans: Bosbokrand) is a city and municipality in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. The name was given because of the large herds of antelope that were found there in the 1880s. The town grew around a trading store which opened in 1884. Tobacco, cotton and vegetable farming takes place in the surrounding countryside.

In 1994, when South Africa was divided into nine new provinces, the Bushbuckridge area was included in Limpopo province. The citizens of the town and surrounding areas were in a dispute with the government because they wanted to be part of Mpumalanga province, since Nelspruit (the capital of Mpumalanga) is much closer to them than Polokwane (the capital of Limpopo). In 2006 the Twelfth Amendment of the Constitution of South Africa transferred the area to Mpumalanga.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Bushbuckridge". Census 2011.