Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom (Afrikaans pronunciation: [pɔtʃɛfstruəm], colloquially Potch) is an academic city in the North West Province of South Africa. It hosts the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. Potchefstroom is on the Mooi Rivier (Afrikaans for "pretty river"), roughly 120 km (75 mi) west-southwest of Johannesburg and 45 km (28 mi) east-northeast of Klerksdorp. Potchefstroom, together with Rustenburg, is the second-largest city in the North West Province. The largest city, Klerksdorp, is about 45 kilometres (28 mi) away.

Potchefstroom
Town Hall, on Potgieter Street
Motto(s): 
City of Expertise
Motswe Wa Boitseanape
Stad van Deskundigheid
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Coordinates: 26°42′54″S 27°06′12″E
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceNorth West
DistrictSouthern
MunicipalityJB Marks
Established1838
Government
  MayorKgotso Khumalo (ANC)
Area
  Total162.44 km2 (62.72 sq mi)
Elevation
1,340 m (4,400 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
  Total43,448
  Density270/km2 (690/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
  Black African25.4%
  Coloured2.8%
  Indian/Asian1.3%
  White69.9%
  Other0.5%
First languages (2011)
  Afrikaans71.4%
  Tswana11.0%
  English7.6%
  Sotho3.9%
  Other6.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
2520
PO box
2520
Area code018
Website