Onverwacht, Gauteng


 Onverwacht shown within Gauteng

Coordinates: 25°36′14″S 28°36′00″E / 25.604°S 28.600°E / -25.604; 28.600Coordinates: 25°36′14″S 28°36′00″E / 25.604°S 28.600°E / -25.604; 28.600
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Tshwane
  Total 1.24 km2 (0.48 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 1,518
  Density 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
  Black African 78.3%
  Coloured 19.8%
  Indian/Asian 0.4%
  Other 1.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
  Afrikaans 29.8%
  Northern Sotho 29.3%
  Sotho 14.2%
  S. Ndebele 11.0%
  Other 15.7%
Postal code (street) 0557
PO box 0557

Onverwacht (Dutch/Afrikaans for "unexpected") is a town in City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The settlement is located about 40 km north-east of Pretoria, near the mining town of Cullinan.[2]

Onverwacht was established in 1886 by President Paul Kruger. During the Second Boer War, local blacks were promised their own land if they helped the Boers in the war, and the promise was kept despite the Boer defeat. The village was also the site of the Battle of Onverwacht, which took place on 4 January 1902.[3]

Today, Onverwacht is home to approximately 100 black Afrikaner families. The local inhabitants have petitioned the government to have their town declared a heritage site.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Main Place Onverwacht". Census 2011.
  2. "Proudly 'boer' - A lifestyle in tatters". SundayWorld. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  3. 1 2 "Onverwacht". Gauteng Tourism Authority. Retrieved 22 December 2013.

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