Bochum, Limpopo

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Bochum is located in South Africa
 Bochum shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 23°16′16″S 29°07′23″E / 23.271°S 29.123°E / -23.271; 29.123Coordinates: 23°16′16″S 29°07′23″E / 23.271°S 29.123°E / -23.271; 29.123
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Capricorn
Municipality Blouberg
 • Mayor (ANC)
 • Total 17.30 km2 (6.68 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,777
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 98.2%
 • Coloured 0.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.7%
 • Other 1.0%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Northern Sotho 89.4%
 • English 2.1%
 • Venda 2.0%
 • Tsonga 1.3%
 • Other 5.2%
Postal code (street) 0790
PO box 0790
Area code 015

Bochum (also known as Senwabarwana) is a town in Capricorn District Municipality in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

Settlement some 93 km north-west of Pietersburg, on the route to Doringpad. A corruption of Bochim, a biblical name (Judges 2:1 and 5), given by the German missionary Carl Franz and his wife Helen to a mission station they established there in 1890.[2]

Famously found by a strong black businessman named Mr Stanley Thema, who initially started the very first building in the area and later expanded to businesses, Bochum is now one of the fastest-growing rural areas in the world.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Bochum". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 85.