Wolmaransstad (Afrikaans for "Wolmarans City") is a maize-farming town situated on the N12 between Johannesburg and Kimberley in North West Province of South Africa. The town lies in an important alluvial diamond-mining area and it is the main town of the Maquassi Hills Local Municipality.

NG Church in Wolmaransstad
Coordinates: 27°13′0″S 25°58′28″E
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceNorth West
DistrictDr Kenneth Kaunda
MunicipalityMaquassi Hills
  Total41.68 km2 (16.09 sq mi)
  Density87/km2 (230/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
  Black African35.4%
First languages (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code018

Town 245 km south-west of Johannesburg and 56 km north-east of Bloemhof. It was laid out on the farms Rooderand and Vlakfontein in 1888, and proclaimed a town in 1891. Named after Jacobus M. A. Wolmarans, then member of the Executive Council.[2]

Wolmaransstad originated in 1891 on the banks of the Makwasi River (San word for a type of wild spearmint) and takes its name from J. M. A. Wolmarans, a volksraad councilman.

Wolmaransstad serves a large community and is an important diamond buying centre.

The Dutch Reformed church building was designed by Gerard Moerdijk.

Tourist attractions

  • Broadbent Mission Station
  • Digger's Diamond route
  • Makwassierante Conservation Area
  • Wolwespruit Dam Nature Reserve

Notable people

  • Bernardus Gerhardus Fourie (also known as Brand Fourie, 19162008), born in Wolmaransstad, South African politician
  • Wim Erasmus, South African singer
  • Nel-marie Nolan, née Erasmus, Wim's daughter, and wife of Riaan Nolan

See also


  1. "Main Place Wolmaransstad". Census 2011.
  2. "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 480.

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