Wolmaransstad

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Wolmaransstad
NG Church in Wolmeransstad
NG Church in Wolmeransstad
Wolmaransstad is located in South Africa
Wolmaransstad
Wolmaransstad
 Wolmaransstad shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 27°13′S 25°58′E / 27.217°S 25.967°E / -27.217; 25.967Coordinates: 27°13′S 25°58′E / 27.217°S 25.967°E / -27.217; 25.967
Country South Africa
Province North West
District Dr Kenneth Kaunda
Municipality Maquassi Hills
Area[1]
 • Total 48.19 km2 (18.61 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 33,492
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 90.5%
 • Coloured 2.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 6.2%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Tswana 75.6%
 • Afrikaans 8.5%
 • Sotho 4.0%
 • Xhosa 2.7%
 • English 2.4%
Postal code (street) 2630
PO box 2630
Area code 018

Wolmaransstad (Afrikaans for "Wolmarans City") is a maize-farming town situated on the N12 between Johannesburg and Kimberley in North West Province of South Africa. The town lies in an important alluvial diamond-mining area and it is the main town of the Maquassi Hills Local Municipality.

Town 245 km south-west of Johannesburg and 56 km north-east of Bloemhof. It was laid out on the farms Rooderand and Vlakfontein in 1888, and proclaimed a town in 1891. Named after Jacobus M A Wolmarans, then member of the Executive Council.[2]

Wolmaransstad originated in 1891 on the banks of the Makwasi River (San word for a type of wild spearmint) and takes its name from JMA Wolmarans, a volksraad councilman.

Wolmaransstad serves a large community and is an important diamond buying centre.

The Dutch Reformed church building was designed by Gerard Moerdijk.

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • Broadbent Mission Station
  • Digger's Diamond route
  • Makwassierante Conservation Area
  • Wolwespruit Dam Nature Reserve

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Trotsville, Tswelelang and Wolmaransstad from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 480. 

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