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Swartruggens is located in South Africa
 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
 • 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.


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]


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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