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  • 260,321

  • 87,852

  • 16,5%

  • 53,8%

  • 69%

  • 70,2%

Boksburg was proclaimed on 2 March 1887 on Vogelfontein after gold was discovered there. It was is named in honour of Willem Eduard Bok (1846-1904), Transvaal State Secretary. Chris Hani (1942-1993), who was the leader of the South African Communist Party and member of the African National Congress' (ANC) armed wing, was assassinated outside his Boksburg home in April 1993. His assassination was a turning point in South Africa's road to democracy. At one point the political storm that erupted from the assassination threatened to derail South Africa's relatively peaceful transition, but instead it eventually strengthened the resolve of political leaders to negotiate a settlement, resulting in South Africa

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population260,321
Young (0-14)22,4%
Working Age (15-64)73,2%
Elderly (65+)4,3%
Dependency ratio36,5
Sex ratio109
Population density1603 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2,6%
Higher education aged 20+16,5%
Matric aged 20+38,2%
Number of households87,852
Average household size2,8
Female headed households28,9%
Formal dwellings66,6%
Housing owned/paying off42,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage70,2%
Weekly refuse removal74,6%
Piped water inside dwelling53,8%
Electricity for lighting69%

Place names

Ekurhuleni Municipality