North West

Overview

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North West is bordered by Botswana in the north and is fringed by the Kalahari desert in the west, Gauteng to the east, and the Free State to the south. It is known as the “Platinum Province”, owing to its wealth of this precious metal.

The province has a population of 3,2 million people who mainly speak Setswana.

Mahikeng (previously Mafeking) is the capital,well-known for the famous siege which took place in October 1899 during the Anglo-Boer/South African War.

Most economic activity is concentrated in the southern region between Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp, as well as Rustenburg and the eastern region, where more than 83,3% of the province’s economic activity takes place.

North West has a number of major tourist attractions, including Sun City and the Palace of the Lost City, the Pilanesberg National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve and the Rustenburg Nature Reserve. A portion of one of South Africa’s seven Unesco world heritage sites also fall within the borders of North West namely the Taung hominid fossil site, which has been incorporated into South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind.

Statistics

 

Capital Mahikeng
Principal languages Setswana 63,4%
Afrikaans 9,0%
isiXhosa 5,5%
Population 3 597 600
Share of total population 6,8%
Area (km2) 104 882
Percentage of total area 8,7%

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North West boasts several cultural villages and other attractions such as excellent game reserves and lodges that draw visitors from all over the world.

The province’s famous Sun City and Lost City resorts, offer, among other things, gambling, golf, an artificial beach and sea, dining, theatres and game viewing.


 

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City’s and Towns

Fauna and Flora

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