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
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
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceNorth West
DistrictDr Kenneth Kaunda
MunicipalityMaquassi Hills
Area
 • Total41.68 km2 (16.09 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total3,633
 • Density87/km2 (230/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African35.4%
 • Coloured2.6%
 • Indian/Asian2.8%
 • White57.4%
 • Other1.8%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans71.6%
 • Tswana13.0%
 • English8.2%
 • Sotho2.5%
 • Other4.7%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
2630
PO box
2630
Area code018

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 (also known as Brand Fourie, 1916–2008), born in Wolmaransstad, South African politician
  • Wim Erasmus, South African singer
  • Nel-marie Nolan, née 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.