Church street in Zeerust
|District||Ngaka Modiri Molema|
|• Total||57.09 km2 (22.04 sq mi)|
|• Density||160/km2 (410/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||57.2%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Northern Sotho||1.2%|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)||2865|
Zeerust is a commercial town situated in Ngaka Modiri Molema district North West Province, South Africa. It lies in the Marico valley, approximately 240 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg. It lies on the N4, the main road link between South Africa and Botswana. There are large cattle ranches in the area, as well as wheat, maize, tobacco and citrus fruit farms. There are also fluorite and chromite mines in the vicinity. Tourism is also a developing industry.
The original name of the farm on which the town was established was Sefathlani / Sebatlani (meaning dusty place) belonging to Casper Hendrik Coetzee who bought it in 1858. The farm was later renamed Hazenjacht, and after that Hazia / Hazeah. Casper Coetzee contracted Walter Seymore to build a church and a fort on this farm, but Casper died before this was completed. In 1866, the farm then came into the hands of his cousin / Brother-in-law Diederik Jacobus Coetzee, who saw the potential of developing a town on the farm. He measured out some erven with the idea of starting a town, using "Ox riems" to measure out the plots instead of the accepted surveyors chains. On 20 March 1867, the first erven of the newly established Coetzee-Rust were sold per public auction in Potchefstroom, before official recognition of the request to start a town was granted. The village gained official recognition in 1868, and later gained a landdrost (magistrate) in November 1871.:237
The name Coetzee's Rust was later abbreviated to Zeerust. Municipal status was obtained on 18 March 1936. Zeerust however wasn't the first town in this area. That honour belongs to Jacobsdal, a small village about 10 km south of Zeerust situated on the farm Vergenoegd, near the Lucerne station. The popularity of Zeerust as trading centre, caused the demise of Jacobsdal, and now it does not exist as a town anymore.
The main languages of Zeerust are Tswana and Afrikaans. The Batswana (Tswana people) call the town Sefatlhane. After the democratic dispensation in 1994, the name of the municipality- Zeerust was changed to Ramotshere Moiloa, after a mid-20th century chief of the Bahurutshe boo Moiloa who was also a political enemy of the Apartheid state. The town is a commercial hub for most of the villages situated in the Lehurutshe area, a few of which include; Lekgophung, Supingstad, Moshana, Serake, Rietpan, Motswedi, Dinokana, Lekubu, Mosweu, Ntsweletsoku, Mokgola, Borakalalo, Gopane and Senkapole.
In Zeerust there is also a small suburb named Olienhout Park, which is commonly known as sandvlakte with a population of about 250 residents, a shop, a bar, Lutheran church and a school. There is a township nearby named Ikageleng with about 1000 people.
Contact details Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality Traffic Department (018) 642-1075
- Pieter de Jager(2001). "Die Korannafonteiners"
- tourismnorthwest.co.za for general information about Zeerust.