Ottosdal is a small town which had a population of 1,274 in 1985. It is situated at an altitude of 1,479 meters (4,855 feet), on the branch railway line from Makwassie in the central North West Province of South Africa. Main routes to and from major population and economic centers, i.e. Pretoria, Johannesburg and Vereeniging, to Namibia and Botswana pass through it. Ottosdal is a farming community engaged in the growing of grains such as mealies, sunflower and monkeynuts. In addition, local farmers raise cattle, sheep, pigs, dairy cows and chicken. A major pyrophyllite mine lies near it on the farm Gestoptefontein. This town originated from the establishment of a Dutch Reformed Church parish in 1913. To this was added a church building on Korannafontein, the farm of Gerhardus Petrus Otto. Ottosdal grew around the church and was officially registered in 1917 and named after G. P. Otto (de Jager 1997).