Dingleton

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Dingleton
Dingleton is located in South Africa
Dingleton
Dingleton
 Dingleton shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 27°46′S 22°58′E / 27.767°S 22.967°E / -27.767; 22.967Coordinates: 27°46′S 22°58′E / 27.767°S 22.967°E / -27.767; 22.967
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District John Taolo Gaetsewe
Municipality Gamagara
Established 1947
Area[1]
 • Total 180.63 km2 (69.74 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 11,034
 • Density 61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 78.5%
 • Coloured 19.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 0.2%
 • Other 1.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Tswana 57.1%
 • Afrikaans 26.3%
 • English 4.4%
 • Sotho 1.6%
 • Other 10.6%
Postal code (street) 8445
PO box 8445

Dingleton is a town in Northern Cape, South Africa.

The nearby Sishen mine is an iron ore mining activity, connected to the port of Saldanha Bay by the Sishen-Saldanha Railway Line. The line is electrified at 50 kV AC and the trains using this line are amongst the heaviest trains in the world.

The state-owned mining company Iscor started developing the township, originally named Sishen, in 1953 to accommodate the local miners.[2] The houses were sold to individuals in the early 1980s.[3] On 23 June 1990 the town's name was changed from Sishen to Dingleton.[2]

The vicinity of the mining activities led to complaints from the residents of Dingleton, and expectations that the residents would be relocated. The town's infrastructure is old and in disrepair.[3] To allow for Sishen’s expansion, Kumba, an Anglo American subsidiary, intends to relocate the Dingleton community.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Dingleton". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Kathu". Gamagara Local Municipality. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Kumba Iron Ore Limited Responsibility Report 2010 - Dingleton relocation". Kumba Iron Ore Limited. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Court rules in favour of Sishen over rights". IOL Business. Retrieved 3 January 2014.