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Quick Fact
  • 73,080

  • 21,656

  • 17,4%

  • 83%

  • 90,8%

  • 90,4%

Brakpan was originally founded in 1886 on the farm Weltevreden No 20 and officially proclaimed in 1912. The name itself refers to a pan of brackish water located nearby: brak is Afrikaans for 'brackish'. Extensive gold and coal mining have taken place in the area. It is claimed that in 1905 Brakpan was the home to the highest mine dump in the world at the time, measuring 120 metres in height. (GPS coordinates: 26.2938 S, 28.3359 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 population73,080
Young (0-14)21,8%
Working Age (15-64)71,2%
Elderly (65+)7%
Dependency ratio40,4
Sex ratio102,3
Population density400 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+1,9%
Higher education aged 20+17,4%
Matric aged 20+41,4%
Number of households21,656
Average household size3,1
Female headed households26,4%
Formal dwellings91,1%
Housing owned/paying off52,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage90,4%
Weekly refuse removal90,3%
Piped water inside dwelling83%
Electricity for lighting90,8%

Place names

Ekurhuleni Municipality