Main Place

Barkly West

Quick Fact
  • 8,258

  • 1,802

  • 4,8%

  • 60,4%

  • 82,9%

  • 80,9%

Barkly West is situated on the Vaal River. Formerly known as Klipdrift (Dutch: 'stony ford'), the town began as a camp for diamond diggers in 1869. It was named Barkly West in 1870, after Governor Sir Henry Barkly. During the Second Anglo-Boer War it was occupied for four months by Boer forces and during this time was temporarily renamed Nieu-Boshof. (GPS coordinates: 28.5072 S, 24.5014 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 population8,258
Young (0-14)31%
Working Age (15-64)63,3%
Elderly (65+)5,6%
Dependency ratio57,9
Sex ratio97,7
Population density117 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+17,1%
Higher education aged 20+4,8%
Matric aged 20+28,4%
Number of households1,802
Average household size4,1
Female headed households39%
Formal dwellings87,1%
Housing owned/paying off50,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage80,9%
Weekly refuse removal65,7%
Piped water inside dwelling60,4%
Electricity for lighting82,9%

Place names

Dikgatlong Municipality