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  • 38,318

  • 11,512

  • 18,1%

  • 78,1%

  • 85,4%

  • 90,6%

Nigel is a small gold mining town which was established in 1909 on the farm Varkensfontein. Its name is said to be derived from the novel The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott, which a prospector was reading when he discovered gold on the farm in 1866. (GPS coordinates: 26.3863 S, 28.4595 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 population38,318
Young (0-14)24,2%
Working Age (15-64)69%
Elderly (65+)6,8%
Dependency ratio44,9
Sex ratio101
Population density276 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+4,4%
Higher education aged 20+18,1%
Matric aged 20+35,3%
Number of households11,512
Average household size3,2
Female headed households32,5%
Formal dwellings85,2%
Housing owned/paying off56,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage90,6%
Weekly refuse removal89,5%
Piped water inside dwelling78,1%
Electricity for lighting85,4%

Place names

Ekurhuleni Municipality