Paul Roux

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Paul Roux is a small town in the Free State province of South Africa that produces poplar wood for the safety match industry. It is situated on the N5 highway near Bethlehem, Free State. It was named after a well-known Dutch Reformed Church leader, Reverend Paul Roux.

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Paul Roux
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Paul Roux
Coordinates: 28°18′S27°57′E / 28.300°S 27.950°E / -28.300; 27.950 Coordinates: 28°18′S27°57′E / 28.300°S 27.950°E / -28.300; 27.950
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Dihlabeng
Area
[1]
  Total5.32 km2 (2.05 sq mi)
Population
 (2011) [1]
  Total437
  Density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
[1]
   White 81.2%
   Black African 14.2%
   Indian/Asian 2.3%
   Coloured 0.5%
  Other1.8%
First languages (2011)
[1]
   Afrikaans 81.2%
   Sotho 8.2%
  English7.7%
  Other2.9%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
9800
PO box
9800
Area code 058

History

Paul Roux was established as a post coach station between Winburg and Harrismith. Where the current bowling club stands, there used to be an inn, owned by Mr John Hiscock – a local businessman, at the location of the current bowling club where horses would be changed. [2] The land was purchased from Mr De Jongh and the village was officially proclaimed on 9 May 1909. Two names were proposed for the village – Paul Roux and Du Plessis Ville. To decide on the final name, villagers engraved letters 'PR' on one side of a flat stone and 'Dup' on the other side. The stone was thrown into the air and the village was to be named according to whichever initials appeared facing upwards when it landed. [3]

A public auction was held to sell plots in Paul Roux for a shilling a piece in 1910. Various homesteads were then erected but there was no official church and services would be held on the banks of the Sand River (Free State) under the shade of willow trees. At some point, church services were held on the veranda of the National Bank building – which is now a private dwelling. A church was finally built in May 1914 where the cornerstone was laid by Reverend C.P. Theron. Construction briefly came to a halt during the Maritz rebellion of 1914 and it was finally completed in October 1915. The church inauguration took place on 10 February 1917. [4]

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First church building in Paul Roux

The first school in Paul Roux was established on 8 October 1912 with only 52 pupils. Its first principal was Mr H.J.J. van Rensburg. [5] [6]

Tourism

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Information plaque of the dinosaur footprint at Uniondale Farm in Paul Roux

On 10 October 2015, the community had their first '’’Holhoek'’ 40km mountain bike race and 10 km fun run. This was aimed at raising funds to rehabilitate the Rooidam and to promote tourism. [11]

Famous people in Paul Roux

Former state President P. W. Botha was born in Paul Roux on 12 January 1916 on the Telegraaf farm. He attended school in Paul Roux before moving to Bethlehem, Free State where he matriculated. Famous artists of Paul Roux include:

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