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  • 87,348

  • 23,563

  • 22,9%

  • 73,9%

  • 97,5%

  • 82,3%

Middelburg was originally established on the farm Sterkfontein, in 1866. At first, the town was named Nazareth, but was renamed Middelburg in 1874. There are two proposed reasons for the name chosen: that the town is located half-way between Pretoria and Lydenburg, or that it was named after the Dutch city of that name. (GPS coordinates: 25.7754 S, 29.455 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 population87,348
Young (0-14)23,2%
Working Age (15-64)71,3%
Elderly (65+)5,6%
Dependency ratio40,3
Sex ratio105,2
Population density744 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+3,4%
Higher education aged 20+22,9%
Matric aged 20+39,4%
Number of households23,563
Average household size3,5
Female headed households25,3%
Formal dwellings81,3%
Housing owned/paying off45,8%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage82,3%
Weekly refuse removal94%
Piped water inside dwelling73,9%
Electricity for lighting97,5%

Place names

Steve Tshwete Municipality