Allanridge

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Allanridge
The Shantytown outside of the Allanridge Community Center
The Shantytown outside of the Allanridge Community Center
Allanridge is located in Free State (South African province)
Allanridge
Allanridge
Allanridge is located in South Africa
Allanridge
Allanridge
Coordinates: 27°45′16″S 26°38′12″E / 27.75444°S 26.63667°E / -27.75444; 26.63667Coordinates: 27°45′16″S 26°38′12″E / 27.75444°S 26.63667°E / -27.75444; 26.63667
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceFree State
DistrictLejweleputswa
MunicipalityMatjhabeng
Established1947
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • MayorSebenzile Ngangelizwe [1] (ANC)
Area
 • Total31.7 km2 (12.2 sq mi)
Population
(2011)[2]
 • Total19,337
 • Density610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African94.0%
 • Coloured0.3%
 • Indian/Asian0.2%
 • White5.3%
 • Other0.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Sotho71.2%
 • Xhosa10.5%
 • Afrikaans6.5%
 • Tsonga2.5%
 • Other9.3%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
9490
PO box
9490
Area code057

Allanridge is a gold mining town in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality of the Free State province in South Africa. It is the main centre of the Lorraine Gold Mining Company and is dominated by the tall headgear and complex reduction works that processes thousands of tons of gold-bearing ore every month.

Allanridge established as a settlement in the Free State goldfields in 1947 and was named after Allan Roberts whose borehole's proximity to the gold bearing reef was the precursor to the mining in the area. The town layout was designed by town planner William Backhouse, who also planned Welkom. It became a municipality on 21 December 1956 but this changed on the 5 December 2000 when it was incorporated into the Matjhabeng Local Municipality with the city of Welkom and the towns of Hennenman, Odendaalsrus, Ventersburg and Virginia.

The Phathakahle township is 3 km outside of Allanridge. It was established during the apartheid era to house the mine workers of the Loraine Gold Mining Company.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Free State Tourism.org". Archived from the original on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  2. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Allanridge and Phathakahle from Census 2011.