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North West
Bokone Bophirima  (Tswana)
Province of South Africa
Motto: Kagiso le Tswelelopele (Peace and Prosperity)
Map showing the location of the North West province in South Africa
Location of North West in South Africa
Country South Africa
Established 27 April 1994
Area
 • Total 104,882 km2 (40,495 sq mi)
Area rank 6th in South Africa
Highest elevation 1,805 m (5,922 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 3,509,953
 • Estimate (2019) 4,027,160
 • Rank 7th in South Africa
 • Density 33.46573/km2 (86.6759/sq mi)
 • Density rank 7th in South Africa
Population groups
 • Black African 89.8%
 • White 7.3%
 • Coloured 1.8%
 • Indian or Asian 0.6%
Languages
 • Tswana 63.4%
 • Afrikaans 9.0%
 • Southern Sotho 5.8%
 • Xhosa 5.5%
 • Tsonga 3.7%
 • English 3.5%
 • Zulu 2.5%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code ZA-NW
HDI (2017) 0.688
medium · 4th
Website www.NWPG.gov.za

North West (Tswana: Bokone Bophirima; Southern Sotho: Leboya Bophirima; Northern Sotho: Leboa-Bodikela) is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Mahikeng, but its largest city is Klerksdorp.

Geography

The province is located on the border with Botswana. It borders the South African provinces of Gauteng, Northern Cape, Limpopo and the Free State, as well as the Motswana districts of Kgalagadi, Southern, and South-eastern.



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