Klerksdorp is a city and administrative district located in the North West Province, South Africa. Klerksdorp is situated 185 km South West of Johannesburg and 325km North East of Kimberly along the N12 Treasure Route. Klerksdorp is on the N12, between Potchefstroom and Wolmaransstad. The discovery of gold in 1886 saw thousands of prospectors descending on the quiet rural aggregation of Klerksdorp. Today, Klerksdorp is the centre for a large mining and agricultural economy and has the second largest grain co-operative in the world.
The greater city area of Klerksdorp incorporates the towns of Orkney, Kanana, Stilfontein, Khuma, Hartbeesfontein and Tigane, giving it a population of more than 350,000 inhabitants (Census Statistics South Africa 2001). Together with Rustenburg, Klerksdorp forms the economic heart of North West Province. It is one of the hubs of the South African gold mining industry. Apart from mining, Klerksdorp is positioned as a notable medical, retail and educational centre for North West Province and Northern Free State. The Klerksdorp district is a major contributor to South African agriculture; maize, sorghum, groundnuts and sunflower are important crops farmed in the district. Klerksdorp has the largest agricultural co-op in the southern hemisphere, named ‘Senwes’.
The city was founded in 1837 when the Voortrekkers settled on the banks of the Schoonspruit (“Clear stream”), which flows through the town. Klerksdorp is one of the oldest European (white) settlements of the former province of Transvaal.
In August 1886 gold was discovered in the Klerksdorp district by M.G. Jansen van Vuuren as well as on the Witwatersrand, which lies about 160 km to the east. As a consequence, thousands of fortune-seekers descended on the small village, turning it into a town with 70 taverns and even a stock exchange of its own. Klerksdorp was connected by rail to Krugersdorp on 3 August 1897 and to Kimberley in 1906. The gold mining industry was revived by large mining companies in 1932, causing the town to undergo an economic revival, which accelerated after World War II.
Klerksdorp is host to a one-stop 63,000m² Matlosana Mall with modern design, superb retailers and ample parking that add up to a new and exciting shopping experience for the under-retailed consumer market of Klerksdorp and further afield. Matlosana Mall comprises three major food anchors as well as fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, sport and restaurant offerings, with space to accommodate 145 stores in total.
Other shopping venues include the CBD, Tower Mall, City Mall, Flamwood Walk, The Checkers Hyper Centre, Pick & Pay Centre and various independent malls with speciality and independent retailers.
Klerksdorp is home to a large variety of restaurants, pubs, clubs, take aways, video rentals, coffee shops, entertainment venues and cocktail bars. The community of Klerksdorp is exposed to a wide variety of events and festivals for all tastes and preferences, from fashion, arts, culture, sport, music and more.