|District||Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati|
|• Total||4.57 km2 (1.76 sq mi)|
|• Density||920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||79.7%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||8595|
The town was established in 1883 and at first named Cathcart West (to distinguish it from Cathcart, Eastern Cape). The name was then changed in 1890 to Klein Boetsap, and then finally it was renamed after Rev AJ Olivier (Olivier reversed is Reivilo).
Reivilo is a traditional farming communinity. The main farming business is cattle, and this is dictated by the geology of the area, because there is not enough soil for agriculture. Bedrock comes right to surface, the bedrock being an ancient and hard dolomite, with extraordinary stromatolitic features, representing life forms more than 2 billion years old. There was a successful cheese factory in Reivilo for many years.
In the very early 1980s Shell South Africa Pty Ltd (the oil company) developed a lead and zinc mine very near Reivilo called Pering. It operated successfully for about 18 years and then closed down. Shell mined about 18 million tonnes of ore, containing perhaps 750,000 tonnes of zinc and lead metal from the Pering Mine in that time. The mine is now closed. At the present time there is no mining taking place anywhere near Reivilo.
The town today includes the Reivilo golf course to the north of the town, and a small landing strip to the north-west.
- "Sub Place Reivilo". Census 2011.
- All information about the history is extracted from www.tourismnorthwest.co.za/bophirima/reivilo