Loxton, Northern Cape

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Loxton
View of Loxton
View of Loxton
Loxton is located in South Africa
Loxton
Loxton
 Loxton shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 31°28′S 22°21′E / 31.467°S 22.350°E / -31.467; 22.350Coordinates: 31°28′S 22°21′E / 31.467°S 22.350°E / -31.467; 22.350
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Pixley ka Seme
Municipality Ubuntu
Established 1899
Area[1]
 • Total 77.61 km2 (29.97 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,053
 • Density 14/km2 (35/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 3.1%
 • Coloured 85.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 10.7%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 93.8%
 • English 3.6%
 • Other 2.6%
PO box 6985
Area code 053
This article is about a town in South Africa. For other uses, see Loxton (disambiguation).

Loxton is a town in the Karoo region of South Africa's Northern Cape province. It is a wool-producing centre in the Ubuntu Local Municipality of the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality and one of the largest garlic-producing areas in South Africa.

The area around Loxton is famous for its beehived shaped Corbelled Houses that were built by Trekboers around the 1810s and are unique to the area.[2] The Dutch Reformed Church bought the farm Phezantefontein from AE Loxton in 1899.[3] The town became a municipality in 1905. In March 1961 there was a setback when a dam burst upstream and destroyed a large portion of the town. In recent years the town has experienced a revival as urbanites have moved to the small town to escape the city.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Loxton". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Loxton, Upper Karoo". sa-venues.com. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Raper, P.E. (2004). South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball, Jhb & Cape Town. p. 211. ISBN 1-86842-190-2. 

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