Kagiso

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Kagiso
Kagiso is located in South Africa
Kagiso
Kagiso
 Kagiso shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°8′S 27°47′E / 26.133°S 27.783°E / -26.133; 27.783Coordinates: 26°8′S 27°47′E / 26.133°S 27.783°E / -26.133; 27.783
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
District West Rand
Municipality Mogale City
Established 1920
Area[1]
 • Total 14.17 km2 (5.47 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 115,802
 • Density 8,200/km2 (21,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.3%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Tswana 47.6%
 • Zulu 14.7%
 • Xhosa 12.1%
 • Sotho 6.9%
 • Other 18.6%
Postal code (street) 1744
PO box 1754

Kagiso is a township situated in the Krugersdorp area in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The word kagiso means peace in Tswana.[2][3] Kagiso's administration comprises five wards, each headed by a councillor.

History[edit]

Kagiso was established in 1920 by ex-miners and squatters from nearby Luipaardsvlei.[4] By 1950, there were about 3 436 people in the Luipaardsvlei Township, an area of only 47 morgen, until another new township - Lewisham - was laid out to the south-east of Krugersdorp.

Demographics[edit]

Many languages are spoken by the people who live in Kagiso, such as Tswana, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu, Tsonga and Venda. There is considerable migration into the area from the rural areas, with people seeking work in nearby Krugersdorp and Chamdor. Some people who live in Kagiso travel to Johannesburg for work.

Kagiso has produced many outstanding men and women, one of them being the Reverend Dr Frank Chikane, the former secretary general of the South African Council of Churches and a former director-general in the President's Office. Kagiso is the hometown of former Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane.[5][6][7]

Education, sport and health[edit]

There are 15 primary schools and six secondary schools in the area. There is also an adult center, which aids people wanting to improve their education. Kagiso also has a library, which has a reference section as well as a children's library. There are three formal creches and about 50 informal creches in Kagiso.

Recreational facilities in the area include a multipurpose sports center, which has a cricket pitch, soccer fields, tennis courts and a swimming pool.

The health needs of people in the area are catered for by the Leratong Hospital. There are two clinics in the area and a mobile clinic operates in the township as well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Kagiso". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "English to Setswana dictionary: kagiso". Dicts.info. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kagiso in English". Glosbe. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "But I live in Kagiso | Arts and Culture | Mail & Guardian". Mg.co.za. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Daughter of Kagiso becomes premier". Mogale City. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Profile of Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane". Gauteng Online. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mokonyane missing in action?". Mail & Guardian. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2013.