Swartruggens

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Swartruggens
Swartruggens is located in South Africa
Swartruggens
Swartruggens
 Swartruggens shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 25°39′S 26°42′E / 25.650°S 26.700°E / -25.650; 26.700Coordinates: 25°39′S 26°42′E / 25.650°S 26.700°E / -25.650; 26.700
Country South Africa
Province North West
District Bojanala
Municipality Kgetlengrivier
Area[1]
 • Total 10.74 km2 (4.15 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,969
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 39.5%
 • Coloured 1.8%
 • Indian/Asian 5.5%
 • White 52.3%
 • Other 0.8%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 57.4%
 • Tswana 21.9%
 • English 14.1%
 • Zulu 1.7%
 • Other 4.9%
Postal code (street) 2835
PO box 2835
Area code 014

Swartruggens (black ridges) is a small farming town in North West Province, South Africa that was established in 1875.

Location[edit]

The town is located by the Elands River, 69km from the town of Zeerust, 56 km west of the city of Rustenburg and 34 km north-west of Koster.[2]

It takes its name 'Swartruggens' from a series of hills there, Afrikaans for ‘black ridges’, formerly known as Zwartruggens.[3]

History[edit]

The town of Swartruggens was founded in 1875 on the farm Brakfontein.

After the Siege of Mafeking, during the Second Anglo-Boer War, one of the supply depots established by Robert Baden-Powell as he moved towards Pretoria was in Swartruggens.[4]

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