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  • 90,945

  • 28,147

  • 16,1%

  • 73,6%

  • 92,7%

  • 90,1%

Ga-Rankuwa was proclaimed a township in 1965 and formed part of the former Tswana homeland, Bophuthatswana. Its main function was to provide labour to the border industry area of Rosslyn, 10km away. The name has a number possible origins: one explanation is that it is said to be derived from Ga-Ranku, which means 'at the master of the sheep'. Another states that it was named after a Bakgatla headman, Rankuwa Boikhutso. Rankuwa means 'we are taken'. (GPS coordinates: 25.5848 S, 28.0037 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 population90,945
Young (0-14)24,4%
Working Age (15-64)70%
Elderly (65+)5,6%
Dependency ratio42,8
Sex ratio93,4
Population density1743 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+3,7%
Higher education aged 20+16,1%
Matric aged 20+38,9%
Number of households28,147
Average household size3,1
Female headed households45,5%
Formal dwellings89,9%
Housing owned/paying off69,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage90,1%
Weekly refuse removal91,4%
Piped water inside dwelling73,6%
Electricity for lighting92,7%

Place names

City of Tshwane Municipality