Griekwastad

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Griekwastad
Road in Griekwastad
Road in Griekwastad
Griekwastad is located in South Africa
Griekwastad
Griekwastad
 Griekwastad shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 28°51′S 23°15′E / 28.850°S 23.250°E / -28.850; 23.250Coordinates: 28°51′S 23°15′E / 28.850°S 23.250°E / -28.850; 23.250
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Pixley ka Seme
Municipality Siyancuma
Established 1812[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 77.74 km2 (30.02 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 6,428
 • Density 83/km2 (210/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 33.3%
 • Coloured 60.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 3.8%
 • Other 2.2%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Afrikaans 95.4%
 • Tswana 2.3%
 • Other 2.4%
Postal code (street) 8365
PO box 8365
Area code 053

Griekwastad (Afrikaans for "Griqua city") is a country town in South Africa. It is sometimes still called Griquatown, a name which is now considered historical. The town is in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa 168 kilometres (104 mi) by road[3] from the city of Kimberley. It was the first town to be established in the country north of the Orange River.

History[edit]

In 1801 William Anderson and Cornelius Kramer, of the London Missionary Society, established a station among the Griqua at Leeuwenkuil. The site proved too arid for cultivation. In about 1805 they moved the station to another spring further up the valley and called it Klaarwater. Their second choice was little better than their first, and for many years a lack of water prevented any further development. The name of the settlement was changed later to Griquatown or Griekwastad in Afrikaans. They lived among a mixed nomadic community of the Chaguriqua tribe and "bastaards" (people of mixed origin) from Piketberg. Their two leaders Andries Waterboer and Adam Kok II later had a dispute and Kok left for Philippolis.

From 1813 to 17 July 1871, the town and its surrounding area functioned as Waterboer's Land. Waterboer himself lived in a "palace", which in reality was a house with six rooms. A monument for Waterboer was later erected near the town's hospital.

Dr. Robert Moffat and his wife Mary, on their way to the town of Kuruman, were residing in Griquatown when their daughter, also Mary (later Mrs. David Livingstone), was born in 1821. There is now a museum that is dedicated to her rather than the founder of the town, William Anderson.

That Griekwastad was later the capital of British Colony Griqualand West from 1873 to 1880, with its own flag and currency, before it was annexed into the Cape Colony.[4]

Nowadays, the town is best known for the semi-precious stones found there, particularly tiger's eye and jasper. Sheep farming occurs with dorpers, a South African breed, which can now be found in places such as Australia.[citation needed]

Crime[edit]

An infamous farm murder in Griekwastad took place on Easter Friday, 2012. A 17 year-old youth was accused of the murders of Northern Cape farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christelle, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14. The son, Don Steenkamp, aged 17, the only surviving member and brother to Marthella, stood to inherit a sizable share of the inheritances. [5] Don Steenkamp is the Griekwastad Murderer [6] A True Crime Novel has been written about the infamous murders by one of South Africa's leading reporters, Jacques Steenkamp, entitled 'The Griekwastad Murders: The Crime that Shook South Africa'. [7]

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