Swinburne, Free State

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Swinburne
Coordinates: 28°20′54″S29°16′35″E / 28.3483°S 29.2763°E / -28.3483; 29.2763 Coordinates: 28°20′54″S29°16′35″E / 28.3483°S 29.2763°E / -28.3483; 29.2763
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Maluti a Phofung
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
PO box
9883

Swinburne is a little village just off the N3 road south of Harrismith, in the Free State province of South Africa.

Harrismith Place in Free State, South Africa

Harrismith is a large town in the Free State province of South Africa. It was named for Sir Harry Smith, a 19th century British governor of the Cape Colony. It is situated by the Wilge River, alongside the N3 highway, about midway between Johannesburg, about 300 km to the north-west, and Durban to the southeast. The town is located at the junction of the N5 highway, which continues westward towards the provincial capital Bloemfontein, some 340 km to the south-west. This important crossroads in South Africa's land trade routes is surrounded by mesas and buttes. It is located at the base of one of these called Platberg.

South Africa Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European (White), Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.

Swinburne is a stopover point for travellers between Johannesburg and Durban, perched on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment. The village has few amenities above a basic shop, restaurant and pub. [1]

Drakensberg mountain range in South Africa

The Drakensberg is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. The Great Escarpment reaches its greatest elevation in this region – 2,000 to 3,482 metres. It is located in South Africa and Lesotho.

It has one of the oldest bridges in the Free State which was opened 1884 and spans the Wilge River. [2]

Wilge River River in Free State, South Africa, tributary of Vaal River

The Wilge River is a tributary of the Vaal River in central South Africa. This river is important as part of the Tugela-Vaal Water Transfer Scheme where water is transferred from the Tugela River basin to the Vaal River basin.

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References

  1. "Swinburne, Free State". SA Travel Directory. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. "Old Toll-bridge, Wilge River, Swinburne". South African Heritage Resources Agency Information System. Retrieved 18 August 2014.