Dingleton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Sishen)
Jump to: navigation, search
Dingleton
Dingleton is located in Northern Cape
Dingleton
Dingleton
Dingleton is located in South Africa
Dingleton
Dingleton
Dingleton is located in Africa
Dingleton
Dingleton
 Dingleton shown within Northern Cape
Coordinates: 27°46′S 22°58′E / 27.767°S 22.967°E / -27.767; 22.967Coordinates: 27°46′S 22°58′E / 27.767°S 22.967°E / -27.767; 22.967
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District John Taolo Gaetsewe
Municipality Gamagara
Established 1947
Area[1]
 • Total 180.63 km2 (69.74 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 11,034
 • Density 61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 78.5%
 • Coloured 19.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 0.2%
 • Other 1.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Tswana 57.1%
 • Afrikaans 26.3%
 • English 4.4%
 • Sotho 1.6%
 • Other 10.6%
Postal code (street) 8445
PO box 8445

Dingleton is a town in Northern Cape, South Africa.

The nearby Sishen mine is an iron ore mining activity, connected to the port of Saldanha Bay by the Sishen-Saldanha Railway Line. The line is electrified at 50 kV AC and the trains using this line are amongst the heaviest trains in the world.

The state-owned mining company Iscor started developing the township, originally named Sishen, in 1953 to accommodate the local miners.[2] The houses were sold to individuals in the early 1980s.[3] On 23 June 1990 the town's name was changed from Sishen to Dingleton.[2]

The vicinity of the mining activities led to complaints from the residents of Dingleton, and expectations that the residents would be relocated. The town's infrastructure is old and in disrepair.[3] To allow for Sishen’s expansion, Kumba, an Anglo American subsidiary, intends to relocate the Dingleton community.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Dingleton". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Kathu". Gamagara Local Municipality. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Kumba Iron Ore Limited Responsibility Report 2010 - Dingleton relocation". Kumba Iron Ore Limited. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Court rules in favour of Sishen over rights". IOL Business. Retrieved 3 January 2014.