|• Total||99.24 km2 (38.32 sq mi)|
|• Density||5.2/km2 (14/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||48.6%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Northern Sotho||35.7%|
|Postal code (street)||1122|
A fort was established by a group of Voortrekkers under the leadership of Andries Hendrik Potgieter with the help of a Dutch merchant Gregorius Ohrig. The settlers arrived in 1845 and were soon afterwards decimated by malaria and forced to abandon the area. Settlers only returned once the disease was under control. On the 14 May 1873, the area was proclaimed as a public gold field after the discovery of gold in the Selati River.
- "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)". pp. xlv–lii.
- "Main Place Ohrigstad". Census 2011.
- Nieuwoudt, C.F. (1964). Die Ontstaan en Ontwikkeling van die Uitvoerende Gesag in die Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek. Cape Town: Haum. p. 97.
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