Potchefstroom is situated on the N12 Treasure route which is also on national bus routes from Johannesburg to Cape Town via Kimberley. The main railway line from Johannesburg to the Northern and Western Cape also runs through Potchefstroom.
Potchefstroom airport facilities can accommodate small as well as large aircraft and charter services are available.
People of Potchefstroom
Potchefstroom’s jurisdiction covers an area of approximately 2500 square km with a population of about 162,762, according to the 2011 census figures. The municipality is divided into 26 wards with an average of 6414 people per ward. The main spoken languages in the area are Setswana, English and Afrikaans.
Economy of Potchefstroom
The economy of most towns in the North West Province revolves around mining and farming. Potchefstroom has a more diverse economy with the Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University contributing in a large way. In recent years at least one mining company, and many other national companies chose Potchefstroom as headquarters.
Industry is healthy and diverse and includes fertilizer factories, Nestlé, supply companies to the mines of the regions and many more. A lucrative service industry includes several large law firms, credit bureaus and medical practices.