Odendaalsrus

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Odendaalsrus
Street in downtown Odendaalsrus.
Street in downtown Odendaalsrus.
Odendaalsrus is located in South Africa
Odendaalsrus
Odendaalsrus
 Odendaalsrus shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 27°52′S 26°41′E / 27.867°S 26.683°E / -27.867; 26.683Coordinates: 27°52′S 26°41′E / 27.867°S 26.683°E / -27.867; 26.683
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Lejweleputswa
Municipality Matjhabeng
Established 1912
Area[1]
 • Total 42.1 km2 (16.3 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 63,743
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 93.1%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 6.1%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Sotho 68.8%
 • Xhosa 13.4%
 • Afrikaans 7.7%
 • Tswana 2.5%
 • Other 7.7%
Postal code (street) 9480
PO box 9480
Area code 057

Odendaalsrus is the oldest gold mining town in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality of the Free State province in South Africa.

History[edit]

It started out in 1912 as a ramshackle collection of farms and a central church that became a town. In April 1946 gold was struck on the farm Geduld near the town. This discovery was mentioned in Alan Paton's novel Cry, the Beloved Country. On the 5 December 2000, Odendaalrus was incorporated into the Matjhabeng Local Municipality along with the city of Welkom and the towns of Allanridge, Hennenman, Ventersburg and Virginia. The Kutlwanong location was established about 10 km outside Odendaalsrus to house black people during the apartheid era.

Odendaalsrus celebrated its 100th year anniversary in 2012, it is a town located on the Goldfields close to a couple of mines, and a large Harcos farm producing chickens and eggs. The Kutlwanong location is divided into 16 sections, namely: k1, k2, k3, k4, k5, k6, k7, k8, k9, k10 and block 1, block 2, block 4, block 5, block 6, and block 7.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Odendaalsrus and Kutlwanong from Census 2011.