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Emergency Numbers:

Orkney in North West

10 177
10 111
Fire Department
018 464 8020
Public Hospital
018 464 8060 (Rescue Emergencies - All hours)
Electricity Department
018 462 9851
Water Department
Lisencing Department
Traffic Department

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More info about Orkney

Orkney is a gold mining town situated in the Klerksdorp district of the North West Province, South Africa.

It lies on the banks of the Vaal River approximately 180km from Johannesburg near the N12.

The town was named after Orkney Isles off the north coast of Scotland, the birthplace of Simon Fraser, one of the gold mining pioneers of the 1880s. The town was proclaimed in 1940 on the farm Witkoppen, where Fraser had first started gold mining.

The town was laid out by another Scot by the name of Maconachie (full name unknown). His naming of the streets was interesting: he used the names of poets and authors from the British Isles. This was unusual for a mining town in the heart of "Afrikanerdom". The rule was broken as Afrikaner nationalism grew dominant in the 1960s, and some of the UK literary names were replaced.


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