Postmasburg

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Postmasburg
Postmasburg is located in South Africa
Postmasburg
Postmasburg
 Postmasburg shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 28°19′40″S 23°04′14″E / 28.3279°S 23.0706°E / -28.3279; 23.0706Coordinates: 28°19′40″S 23°04′14″E / 28.3279°S 23.0706°E / -28.3279; 23.0706
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District ZF Mgcawu
Municipality Tsantsabane
Established 1892
Area[1]
 • Total 158.41 km2 (61.16 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 30,089
 • Density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 54.6%
 • Coloured 36.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 7.4%
 • Other 0.7%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 53.9%
 • Tswana 33.6%
 • Xhosa 2.7%
 • Sotho 2.6%
 • Other 7.2%
Postal code (street) 8420
PO box 8420
Area code 053

Postmasburg is a town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, located approximately 170 km east of Upington.[2]

Town 67km north of Griquatown and 58km west-south-west of Daniëlskuil. Originally a station of the London Missionary Society called Sibiling, it became a Griqua village with the name Blinkklip. It was proclaimed a town on 6 June 1892 and named after the Reverend Dirk Postma (1818-1890), founder of the Reformed Church.[3]

The town achieved municipal status in 1936.

The South African Army's Combat Training Centre is located nearby, at Lohatla

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Postmasburg". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Postmasburg". northerncape.org.za. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 374.