Riebeeckstad

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Riebeeckstad
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A shopping centre in Riebeeckstad
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Riebeeckstad
Coordinates: 27°55′08″S26°49′08″E / 27.918777°S 26.818777°E / -27.918777; 26.818777 Coordinates: 27°55′08″S26°49′08″E / 27.918777°S 26.818777°E / -27.918777; 26.818777
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Lejweleputswa
Municipality Matjhabeng
Government
  TypePart of Municipality
  MayorSebenzile Ngangelizwe (ANC)
Area
[1]
  Total13.22 km2 (5.10 sq mi)
Population
 (2011) [1]
  Total11,268
  Density850/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
[1]
   Black African 49.2%
   Coloured 1.8%
   Indian/Asian 0.3%
   White 48.4%
  Other0.4%
First languages (2011)
[1]
   Afrikaans 48.3%
   Sotho 32.4%
   English 8.6%
   Xhosa 4.0%
  Other6.7%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
9459
PO box
9469
Area code 057
Painting of Jan van Riebeeck by E.C. Godee Molsbergen. Jan van Riebeeck.jpg
Painting of Jan van Riebeeck by E.C. Godée Molsbergen.

Riebeeckstad is a suburb 5 km east of the city of Welkom located in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality of the Free State province of South Africa.

Welkom Place in Free State, South Africa

Welkom is the second-largest city in the Free State province of South Africa, located about 140 kilometres (90 mi) northeast of Bloemfontein, the provincial capital. Welkom is also known as Circle City, City Within A Garden, Mvela and Matjhabeng. The city's Sesotho name, Matjhabeng means 'where nations meet', derived from the migrant labour system, where people of various countries such as Lesotho, Malawi and Mozambique etc. met to work in the mines of the gold fields.

Lejweleputswa District Municipality District municipality in Free State, South Africa

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It is named after Jan van Riebeeck and was established as an upper-class[ citation needed ] suburb, void of mine shafts, for people working in Welkom or on the Free State goldfields. The suburb is the largest in the city of Welkom and has a significant white population. Afrikaans is most spoken language in the suburb followed by Sesotho and English. The suburb is located few kilometres from the Central University of Technology in Welkom.

Jan van Riebeeck Dutch colonial governor

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Main Place Riebeeckstad". Census 2011.