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  • 26,409

  • 6,543

  • 2,5%

  • 6,6%

  • 86,3%

  • 1,9%

Dinokana takes its name from the Dinokana River. It is Tswana for 'place of little streams'. In 1957 the government ordered Chief Abram Ramotshere Pogiso Moiloa - a prominent figure who spoke out against the Bantu Authorities Act and the Bantu Education Act - to command the woman of his tribe to report to Dinokana to receive their pass books. Instead, he encouraged them to refuse. Only 76 woman turned up, causing a setback for the apartheid government's plans in the region. As a result, Chief Moiloa was banished from the area. (GPS coordinates: 25.456 S, 25.8799 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population26,409
Young (0-14)34,5%
Working Age (15-64)57,3%
Elderly (65+)8,2%
Dependency ratio74,6
Sex ratio88,1
Population density671 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+21,3%
Higher education aged 20+2,5%
Matric aged 20+21,5%
Number of households6,543
Average household size4
Female headed households52,9%
Formal dwellings79,7%
Housing owned/paying off89,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage1,9%
Weekly refuse removal0,9%
Piped water inside dwelling6,6%
Electricity for lighting86,3%

Place names

Ramotshere Moiloa Municipality