Kagiso, Gauteng

Krugersdorp, ,South Africa
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Kagiso is a township situated in the Krugersdorp area west of Johannesburg in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The word kagiso means peace in Tswana. Kagiso's administration comprises five wards, each headed by a councillor.HistoryKagiso was established in 1920 by ex-miners and squatters from nearby Luipaardsvlei. By 1950, there were about 3 436 people in the Luipaardsvlei Township, an area of only 47 morgen, until another new township - Lewisham - was laid out to the south-east of Krugersdorp.DemographicsMany languages are spoken by the people who live in Kagiso, such as Tswana, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu, Tsonga and Venda. There is considerable migration into the area from the rural areas, with people seeking work in nearby Krugersdorp and Chamdor. Some people who live in Kagiso travel to Johannesburg for work.Kagiso has produced many notable men and women, one of them being the Reverend Dr Frank Chikane, the former secretary general of the South African Council of Churches and a former director-general in the President's Office. Kagiso is the hometown of former Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

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