Vanwyksvlei

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Vanwyksvlei
A road in Vanwyksvlei
A road in Vanwyksvlei
Vanwyksvlei is located in Northern Cape
Vanwyksvlei
Vanwyksvlei
Vanwyksvlei is located in South Africa
Vanwyksvlei
Vanwyksvlei
Vanwyksvlei is located in Africa
Vanwyksvlei
Vanwyksvlei
 Vanwyksvlei shown within Northern Cape
Coordinates: 30°21′S 21°49′E / 30.350°S 21.817°E / -30.350; 21.817Coordinates: 30°21′S 21°49′E / 30.350°S 21.817°E / -30.350; 21.817
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Pixley ka Seme
Municipality Kareeberg
Area[1]
 • Total 2.66 km2 (1.03 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,721
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 2.3%
 • Coloured 92.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.9%
 • White 4.0%
 • Other 0.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 97.7%
 • Other 2.3%
Postal code (street) 8922
PO box 8922

Vanwyksvlei or Van Wyk's Vlei (Afrikaans for Van Wyk's Marsh) is a small town in the Northern Cape, South Africa.

Name[edit]

The town is named after a farmer called Van Wyk, and the Afrikaans suffix vlei, meaning 'pond', 'marsh'. Ironically this is one of the driest places in South Africa, and the surrounding region is named the Dorsland (Afrikaans for Thirstland).[2]

History[edit]

Vanwyksvlei was founded in 1881.[3] It later saw action in the Second Boer War where two Victoria Crosses were awarded; Harry Hampton and Henry Knight were awarded the medal for gallant acts.

Vanwyksvlei Dam[edit]

The Vanwyksvlei Dam was the first (1882) state-funded dam build in South Africa.[4]

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