Reiger Park

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Reiger Park
Reiger Park is located in Gauteng
Reiger Park
Reiger Park
 Reiger Park shown within Gauteng
Reiger Park is located in South Africa
Reiger Park
Reiger Park
Reiger Park (South Africa)
Reiger Park is located in Africa
Reiger Park
Reiger Park
Reiger Park (Africa)
Coordinates: 26°13′52″S 28°12′58″E / 26.231°S 28.216°E / -26.231; 28.216Coordinates: 26°13′52″S 28°12′58″E / 26.231°S 28.216°E / -26.231; 28.216
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality Ekurhuleni
Area[1]
 • Total 3.46 km2 (1.34 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 39,345
 • Density 11,000/km2 (29,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 51.7%
 • Coloured 46.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.9%
 • White 0.3%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 43.1%
 • Xhosa 13.4%
 • Northern Sotho 12.6%
 • Sotho 7.3%
 • Other 23.6%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)

Reiger Park is a coloured township situated in Boksburg in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa. It was established as Stirtonville after the Second World War when people influxed from rural areas seeking work on the gold mines. In 1963, due to the apartheid government's policy of separate development, the black people were removed to Vosloorus, the Indians to Actonville and the coloured people were left to stay in Stirtonville, then renamed to Reiger Park.

The locals have given their own unofficial names to the different areas of Reiger Park, for example Jerusalem (due to the many churches in that area), Excuse Me (due to the houses so close together that when you sneeze, your neighbour says bless you) and Popcorn (a new area developed in the 1990s with the houses popping up so fast that they were likened to popcorn). In 1997, the Popcorn area experienced violent rent boycotts; in 2008, it was one of the sites of violence during the anti-immigrant riots, beating and burning émigrés on streets described as "war zones".

References[edit]

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