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Quick Fact
  • 126,013

  • 39,710

  • 6,2%

  • 50,8%

  • 90,4%

  • 76,7%

Thabong means 'place of happiness' or 'place of joy'. Sometimes, it is also said to mean 'place of refuge'. The township is situated next to the town of Welkom and was established in 1950 on the farm Uitsig. (GPS coordinates: 27.9604 S, 26.8114 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 population126,013
Young (0-14)28%
Working Age (15-64)67,8%
Elderly (65+)4,2%
Dependency ratio47,4
Sex ratio95
Population density4279 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+4,3%
Higher education aged 20+6,2%
Matric aged 20+25,5%
Number of households39,710
Average household size3,1
Female headed households43,3%
Formal dwellings73%
Housing owned/paying off57,8%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage76,7%
Weekly refuse removal85,6%
Piped water inside dwelling50,8%
Electricity for lighting90,4%

Place names

Matjhabeng Municipality