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Quick Fact
  • 9,498

  • 2,890

  • 4,9%

  • 28,7%

  • 96,5%

  • 94,4%

Dewetsdorp was founded on the farm Kareefontein in 1876 and at first bore this name. In 1880 the settlement was officially recognised under the name Dewetsdorp, after Field-Cornet Jacobus Ignatius de Wet, father of General C R de Wet, who was heavily involved in the town's establishment. During the Second Anglo-Boer War, Dewetsdorp was the scene of heavy fighting. In 1927 the mayor and two councillors were killed when a Huibrecht Jacob de Leeuw, in an attempt to cover up evidence of his embezzlement of town funds, blew up the town hall. The town hall was rebuilt in 1928 and proclaimed a South African Heritage Site in 1995. (GPS coordinates: 29.5811 S, 26.6716 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 population9,498
Young (0-14)32,8%
Working Age (15-64)59,6%
Elderly (65+)7,6%
Dependency ratio67,9
Sex ratio83,4
Population density369 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+7,5%
Higher education aged 20+4,9%
Matric aged 20+22%
Number of households2,890
Average household size3,3
Female headed households54,4%
Formal dwellings82,3%
Housing owned/paying off78,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage94,4%
Weekly refuse removal89,8%
Piped water inside dwelling28,7%
Electricity for lighting96,5%

Place names

Naledi Municipality