Wolmaransstad

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Wolmaransstad
NG Church in Wolmaransstad
NG Church in Wolmaransstad
Wolmaransstad is located in North West (South African province)
Wolmaransstad
Wolmaransstad
Wolmaransstad is located in South Africa
Wolmaransstad
Wolmaransstad
Wolmaransstad is located in Africa
Wolmaransstad
Wolmaransstad
 Wolmaransstad shown within North West
Coordinates: 27°13′0″S 25°58′28″E / 27.21667°S 25.97444°E / -27.21667; 25.97444Coordinates: 27°13′0″S 25°58′28″E / 27.21667°S 25.97444°E / -27.21667; 25.97444
Country South Africa
Province North West
District Dr Kenneth Kaunda
Municipality Maquassi Hills
Area[1]
 • Total 41.68 km2 (16.09 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,633
 • Density 87/km2 (230/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 35.4%
 • Coloured 2.6%
 • Indian/Asian 2.8%
 • White 57.4%
 • Other 1.8%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 71.6%
 • Tswana 13.0%
 • English 8.2%
 • Sotho 2.5%
 • Other 4.7%
Postal code (street) 2630
PO box 2630
Area code 018

Wolmaransstad (Afrikaans for "Wolmarans City") is a maize-farming town situated on the N12 between Johannesburg and Kimberley in North West Province of South Africa. The town lies in an important alluvial diamond-mining area and it is the main town of the Maquassi Hills Local Municipality.

Town 245 km south-west of Johannesburg and 56 km north-east of Bloemhof. It was laid out on the farms Rooderand and Vlakfontein in 1888, and proclaimed a town in 1891. Named after Jacobus M. A. Wolmarans, then member of the Executive Council.[2]

Wolmaransstad originated in 1891 on the banks of the Makwasi River (San word for a type of wild spearmint) and takes its name from J. M. A. Wolmarans, a volksraad councilman.

Wolmaransstad serves a large community and is an important diamond buying centre.

The Dutch Reformed church building was designed by Gerard Moerdijk.

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • Broadbent Mission Station
  • Digger's Diamond route
  • Makwassierante Conservation Area
  • Wolwespruit Dam Nature Reserve

Notable people[edit]

  • Bernardus Gerhardus Fourie (AKA Brand Fourie, 1916–2008), born in Wolmaransstad, South African politician
  • Wim Erasmus, South African singer
  • Nel-marie Erasmus, Wim's daughter, and wife of Riaan Nolan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Wolmaransstad". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 480. 

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