|• Total||2.42 km2 (0.93 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,800/km2 ( 4,700/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2001)|
|• Black African||2.5%|
|First languages (2001)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
The area where the town stands was initially a farm named Vischkuil-aan-de-Buffelsrivier (fishing pond on the Buffalo River).
In the 1870s, the government of Prime Minister John Molteno oversaw a massive expansion of the Cape Colony's railway system. The route (chosen by the Prime Minister with a map, pen and ruler) ran past the farm, which a man called Stephanus Greeff bought for the purpose of development. The line was completed in 1878 and a small siding named Buffelsrivier was built at the farm.
With railway access, a town soon began developing. It was initially renamed Nassau to avoid confusion with Buffalo River in East London, and finally changed to the name Laingsburg, after John Laing[disambiguation needed] who was Commissioner of Crown Lands at the time.
The town is situated in the Great Karoo, a semi-desert region of South-Africa. The town's total rainfall is about 150mm per year. The main water supply is the Buffels River. Summers are extremely hot and dry, with temperatures usually exceeding 30°C. Winters are crisp to sometimes very cold, with snow occasionally occurring in the surrounding region.
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