Delportshoop is a town in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It lies next to the Vaal River. The Harts River runs by closely. Located off the R31 just 30 km’s from Barkly West. It developed from a diamond-diggers’ camp and is said to have given the name after the first person to find diamonds there.
Delportshoop is part of the Dikgatlong Local Municipality which is a Category B municipality situated within the Frances Baard District in the Northern Cape Province. The municipality lies on the northern bank of the Vaal River, 37 km’s from the city of Kimberley, which is south-east from Dikgatlong. It is the largest of the four municipalities in the district, making up more than half of its geographical area. It was established in 2000 through the Local Government Demarcation process, whereby the towns of Barkly West, Delpoortshoop and Windsorton were amalgamated into one municipality.
The Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme is a very large water irrigation scheme. This is run out of Delportshoop.
The public diggings were proclaimed in November 1871, a village management board was instituted in 1931, and municipal status attained in 1970. Two Tswana names for Delportshoop are encountered, namely Tsineng, also spelt Tsining, Tsening, Tsenin and Tsoneng, and Dekgathlong, also spelt Dekhathlong, Dekatlong, Dekgathlong, Dikgatlhong, Likatlong and Likhatlhong. The latter name means ‘meeting-place’, referring to the
confluence of the Vaal and Harts rivers there.
Key Statistics 2011
|Working Age (15-64)||60,8%|
|Population density||72 persons/km2|
|No schooling aged 20+||13,7%|
|Higher education aged 20+||3,1%|
|Matric aged 20+||18,5%|
|Number of households||1,155|
|Average household size||4|
|Female headed households||39,2%|
|Housing owned/paying off||54%|
|Flush toilet connected to sewerage||68,1%|
|Weekly refuse removal||72,8%|
|Piped water inside dwelling||44%|
|Electricity for lighting||85,6%|
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