Orange Farm

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Orange Farm
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Orange Farm Youth Protest
Orange Farm is located in Gauteng
Orange Farm
Orange Farm
 Orange Farm shown within Gauteng
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Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
District 11
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Established 1988
 • Councillor Motha (ANC)
 • Total 12.16 km2 (4.70 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 76,767
 • Density 6,300/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.3%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 44.5%
 • Sotho 29.1%
 • Xhosa 9.5%
 • Tsonga 4.1%
 • Other 12.8%
Postal code (street) 1805
PO box 1805
Area code 1841
A sign in Orange Farm

Orange Farm (Farma/Farmton) is a township located approximately 45 km from Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa. It is one of the youngest townships in South Africa, with the original inhabitants; laid off farm workers, taking up residency in 1988. Support for the population came slowly mostly from people who were tenants at the great township of Soweto.[2]

The recently founded Orange Farm Water Crisis Committee, an offshoot of the South African Anti-Privatization Forum (AFP) has been very vocal and active against the privatization of water. Approximately 85% of the people work in Johannesburg. Most of the people use train to get to work. 35% of the residents are unemployed and the stats rise every year as the matriculates join them.[citation needed]


The township now includes a modern library, a few paved roads, home affairs, permanent housing for some, electricity in places, a clinic, an information center with internet access, a multi-purpose community center and franchise supermarkets (Pick'n Pay and Usave). Now also includes the newly built Eyethu Mall, which is built next to the Stretford Station, offering train commuters some activity after long hours in Johannesburg City. However these improvements come with financial costs, which most of the citizens living in Orange Farm cannot afford. The ongoing privatization of Orange Farm has also drawn much criticism from social justice and human rights groups as they have pointed out that local businesses keep on dying. With the RDPs being built, the shacks in Orange Farm have significany decreased and new roads offer easy access for cars to move and no mud during rainy seasons. A lot has been done to improve Orange farm. It now has two park, extension 1 and 2 and a newly built total garage with fishaways drive through. However, the are some areas which still need improvement.


High Schools

  • Vulanindlela Secondary School
  • Leshata Secondary School
  • Mphethi Mahlatsi Seconday School
  • Aha-thuto Secondary School
  • Jabulile Secondary School
  • Thamsanqa Secondary School
  • Thetha Secondary School
  • Vutomi Secondary School
  • Siyaphambili Secondary School
  • Sinqobile Secondary School

Primary Schools

  • Inhlonipho Primary School
  • Radipabi Primary School
  • Orange Farm Primary School
  • Refalletse Primary School
  • Langa Libalele Primary School
  • Reamohetsoe Primary School
  • Qhakazani Primary School
  • Amsai Primary School
  • Rekhutlile Primary school
  • Stretford Primary School
  • Nomini Primary School


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Main Place Orange Farm". Census 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Orange Farm, South Africa". City of Johannesburg. Retrieved 14 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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