Bultfontein

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Bultfontein
Coordinates: 28°17′13″S26°09′02″E / 28.28694°S 26.15056°E / -28.28694; 26.15056 Coordinates: 28°17′13″S26°09′02″E / 28.28694°S 26.15056°E / -28.28694; 26.15056
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Lejweleputswa
Municipality Tswelopele
Established1873 [1]
Area
[2]
  Total44.0 km2 (17.0 sq mi)
Population
 (2011) [2]
  Total23,365
  Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
[2]
   Black African 93.3%
   Coloured 0.5%
   Indian/Asian 0.5%
   White 5.5%
  Other0.2%
First languages (2011)
[2]
   Sotho 56.7%
   Xhosa 22.7%
   Tswana 9.5%
   Afrikaans 6.1%
  Other5.0%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
9670
PO box
9670
Area code 051

Bultfontein is a town in the Free State province of South Africa with a total population of about 23,400 people. It is situated in the Tswelopele Local Municipality, about 100 kilometres (60 mi) north of Bloemfontein. The town site was laid out in 1873; it had been delayed because of a location dispute which also led to the establishment of Hoopstad 55 kilometres (35 mi) to the north-west. [3] The township of Phahameng was established on the outskirts of Bultfontein in the 1970s.[ citation needed ]

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According to the 2011 census, Bultfontein proper has a population of 2,176, [4] while Phahameng has a population of 21,189, [5] giving the urban area a total population of 23,365. Of this population 93% described themselves as Black African, 5.5% as White, and 0.5% as Coloured. 57% spoke Sotho as their home language, 23% spoke Xhosa, 9.5% spoke Tswana and 6% spoke Afrikaans as first language.

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References

  1. "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Sum of the Main Places Bultfontein and Phahameng from Census 2011.
  3. Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Johannesburg: Lowry Publishers. p. 100. ISBN   0947042067.
  4. "Main Place Bultfontein". Census 2011.
  5. "Main Place Phahameng". Census 2011.