Windsorton

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Windsorton
Windsorton is located in Northern Cape
Windsorton
Windsorton
 Windsorton shown within Northern Cape
Coordinates: 28°20′S 24°43′E / 28.333°S 24.717°E / -28.333; 24.717Coordinates: 28°20′S 24°43′E / 28.333°S 24.717°E / -28.333; 24.717
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Frances Baard
Municipality Dikgatlong
Area[1]
 • Total 51.1 km2 (19.7 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,250
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 67.5%
 • Coloured 26.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 2.2%
 • Other 3.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Tswana 55.2%
 • Afrikaans 36.5%
 • English 1.9%
 • S. Ndebele 1.9%
 • Other 4.6%
Postal code (street) 8510
PO box 8510
Area code 053

Windsorton is an agricultural town situated in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme on the banks of the Vaal River in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

The village is located on the Vaal River, 55 km north of Kimberley, 35 km northeast of Barkly West and 40 km south-west of Warrenton. It was founded in 1869 as a diamond-diggers’ camp and was administered by a village management board. The town started as Hebron, a mission station, but when diamonds were discovered, the area was flooded with prospectors and the town became a diggers' camp. The town was renamed after P F (Peter Ford) Windsor, the original owner of the land, who was instrumental in its development.

The Khoekhoen name is Chaib, ‘place of the kudu’.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Windsorton and Kutlwano from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 476.