Motswedi

Motswedi is a town in Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality in the North West province of South Africa.

Motswedi
Motswedi
Motswedi
Coordinates: 25.279°S 25.885°E / -25.279; 25.885
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceNorth West
DistrictNgaka Modiri Molema
MunicipalityRamotshere Moiloa
Main PlaceSekgwakgwe
Area
  Total4.54 km2 (1.75 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
  Total2,794
  Density620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
  Black African99.7%
  Coloured0.1%
  Indian/Asian0.2%
First languages (2011)
  Tswana93.9%
  English2.5%
  Zulu1.0%
  Other2.6%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
PO box
2870
Area code018

The village is 44 km north-west of Zeerust; the Riet River rises in the north of the village.[2]

The first recorded mention of the settlement is around 1800, when it was occupied by the baKgatla ba ga Mmanaana, who abandoned the village in 1808 after being attacked by the baNgwaketse. It was then occupied by the baHurutshe, and became the headquarters of the independent baHurutshe boo Manyane in the 1880s. In the 1970s and 1980s Motswedi expanded, and a large dam and schools were established.[2]

References

  1. "Sub Place Motswedi". Census 2011.
  2. "Motswedi". North West History. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
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