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Dobsonville is located in Gauteng
Dobsonville is located in South Africa
Dobsonville is located in Africa
 Dobsonville shown within Gauteng
Coordinates: 26°13′26″S 27°51′49″E / 26.22389°S 27.86361°E / -26.22389; 27.86361Coordinates: 26°13′26″S 27°51′49″E / 26.22389°S 27.86361°E / -26.22389; 27.86361
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
 • Total 2.73 km2 (1.05 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 40,328
 • Density 15,000/km2 (38,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.1%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Tswana 38.2%
 • Zulu 22.1%
 • Xhosa 14.9%
 • Sotho 7.4%
 • Other 17.4%
Postal code (street) 1863
PO box 1865

Dobsonville is a township in greater Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. It lies to the west of Meadowlands, a part of Diepmeadow, and is adjacent to Mofolo North and Zondi, which are suburbs of Soweto on its southern border. It was formerly under the Roodepoort Municipality until 1994, when it was merged with Soweto.


The first shopping centre in Soweto, Dobsonville Shopping Centre, is located in Dobsonville. It has many small suburbs within it, namely extensions 1, 2 and 3, Mmesi Park, Snake Park and many others. It has many primary and high schools, including Hector Peterson Primary School, which was built in memory of Hector Peterson.

There are recreational facilities such as Dorothy Nyembe Park, a local library, and a swimming pool. Opposite the swimming pool is Dobsonville stadium. Kopanong community hall and the municipal offices can be found close by. Other amenities include a recycling centre, a police station, and a public health clinic. There are many businesses in Dobsonville that range from franchise restaurants to street vendors who sell anything from cellphone chargers to traditional herbs and medicines to sweets and fruit.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Dobsonville". Census 2011.