Bultfontein

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]

Bultfontein
Bultfontein is located in Free State (South African province)
Bultfontein
Bultfontein
Bultfontein is located in South Africa
Bultfontein
Bultfontein
Coordinates: 28°17′13″S 26°09′02″E / 28.28694°S 26.15056°E / -28.28694; 26.15056Coordinates: 28°17′13″S 26°09′02″E / 28.28694°S 26.15056°E / -28.28694; 26.15056
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceFree State
DistrictLejweleputswa
MunicipalityTswelopele
Established1873[1]
Area
 • Total44.0 km2 (17.0 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total23,365
 • Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African93.3%
 • Coloured0.5%
 • Indian/Asian0.5%
 • White5.5%
 • Other0.2%
First languages (2011)
 • Sotho56.7%
 • Xhosa22.7%
 • Tswana9.5%
 • Afrikaans6.1%
 • Other5.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
9670
PO box
9670
Area code051
Emil Holub's house in Bultfontein in 1870s

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii.
  2. ^ a b c d 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.