Ohrigstad

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Ohrigstad
Ohrigstad is located in South Africa
Ohrigstad
Ohrigstad
 Ohrigstad shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 24°45′S 30°34′E / 24.750°S 30.567°E / -24.750; 30.567Coordinates: 24°45′S 30°34′E / 24.750°S 30.567°E / -24.750; 30.567
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Sekhukhune
Municipality Greater Tubatse
Established 1845[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 99.24 km2 (38.32 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 521
 • Density 5.2/km2 (14/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 48.6%
 • Coloured 0.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 48.9%
 • Other 2.1%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Afrikaans 45.1%
 • Northern Sotho 35.7%
 • English 6.5%
 • Tsonga 4.6%
 • Other 8.1%
Postal code (street) 1122
PO box 1122
Area code 013

Ohrigstad (Afrikaans for Ohrig city), formerly Andries Orieg Stad,[3] is a small town to the north of Lydenburg in the Mpumalanga province, South Africa.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)". pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Main Place Ohrigstad". Census 2011. 
  3. ^ 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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