Daniëlskuil

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Daniëlskuil
Second Dutch Reformed Church, Danielskuil
Second Dutch Reformed Church, Danielskuil
Daniëlskuil is located in South Africa
Daniëlskuil
Daniëlskuil
 Daniëlskuil shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 28°12′S 23°35′E / 28.200°S 23.583°E / -28.200; 23.583Coordinates: 28°12′S 23°35′E / 28.200°S 23.583°E / -28.200; 23.583
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District ZF Mgcawu
Municipality Kgatelopele
Area[1]
 • Total 174.63 km2 (67.43 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 13,597
 • Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 47.4%
 • Coloured 44.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 6.3%
 • Other 1.0%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 63.0%
 • Tswana 30.9%
 • English 1.8%
 • Xhosa 1.1%
 • Other 3.2%
Postal code (street) 8405
PO box 8405

Daniëlskuil is a town in ZF Mgcawu District Municipality in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

Description[edit]

The settlement is 142 km north-west of Kimberley and 72 km north-east of Postmasburg. It takes its name from a cone-shaped depression 6m deep in the dolomitic limestone; with a domed covering, reminiscent of the biblical ‘Daniel in the lions' den’ (Afrikaans: kuil, ‘hole’, ‘pit’). The Griqua leader Adam Kok is said to have used this depression as a prison, and to also have kept snakes in it. The area is known for rich asbestos deposits and for diamonds, while marble is also mined. The Tswana name of Danielskuil is Tlaka le Tlou or Tlaka-lo-Tlou, ‘elephant reed’.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Daniëlskuil". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 128.