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  • 104,612

  • 34,181

  • 21,2%

  • 71%

  • 88%

  • 81,4%

Rustenburg is a name that is Dutch for 'town of rest' or 'castle of rest'. Situated on the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range, Rustenburg was originally established in 1851 as an administrative centre for the production of agricultural goods from surrounding farms. Now it is a growing urban centre that services surrounding platinum mines. Rustenburg was the home of Paul Kruger (1825-1904), State President of the former South African Republic (Transvaal). The town is also the birthplace of Roelof Frederik 'Pik' Botha (born 1932), a politician and former minister of foreign affairs. (GPS coordinates: 25.704 S, 27.3387 E).

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population104,612
Young (0-14)22,2%
Working Age (15-64)73,9%
Elderly (65+)3,9%
Dependency ratio35,4
Sex ratio112,7
Population density370 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2,3%
Higher education aged 20+21,2%
Matric aged 20+40,4%
Number of households34,181
Average household size2,8
Female headed households23,6%
Formal dwellings80,9%
Housing owned/paying off37,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage81,4%
Weekly refuse removal80,7%
Piped water inside dwelling71%
Electricity for lighting88%

Place names

Rustenburg Municipality