Stilfontein

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Stilfontein
Stilfontein is located in North West (South African province)
Stilfontein
Stilfontein
Stilfontein is located in South Africa
Stilfontein
Stilfontein
Stilfontein is located in Africa
Stilfontein
Stilfontein
 Stilfontein shown within North West
Coordinates: 26°50′34″S 26°46′28″E / 26.84278°S 26.77444°E / -26.84278; 26.77444Coordinates: 26°50′34″S 26°46′28″E / 26.84278°S 26.77444°E / -26.84278; 26.77444
Country South Africa
Province North West
District Dr Kenneth Kaunda
Municipality City of Matlosana
Established 1949
Area[1]
 • Total 138.82 km2 (53.60 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 17,942
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 42.5%
 • Coloured 1.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 55.5%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 53.2%
 • Tswana 11.1%
 • English 10.6%
 • Sotho 10.2%
 • Other 14.8%
Postal code (street) 2550
PO box 2551
Area code 018

Stilfontein (Afrikaans for quiet spring) is a mining town with 17,942 inhabitants, situated between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom in North West Province of South Africa.

Stilfontein was established in 1949 as a residential centre for three large gold mines, the Hartebeesfontein, Buffelsfontein and Stilfontein mines.

Stilfontein was struck by a mining-related earthquake on 9 March 2005, which damaged buildings in the town, which was followed by the closure of the Hartebeesfontein and Buffelsfontein mines when the Stilfontein Gold Mining was handed over into liquidation.[2] The Simmer and Jack Mines took over the mines but disaster struck again on 23 March 2006 when a fire trapped 8 miners underground at the Buffelsfontein mine.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 Census, the population of Stilfontein was 17,942. The population density was 1,717 persons per km² (663 persons per mi²).

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • Hartebeesfontein Gold Mine
  • Annual Rose Festival in spring

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Stilfontein". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/zones/sundaytimesNEW/business/business1115643437.aspx