Balfour, Mpumalanga

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Balfour
Skyline photo of central Balfour
Skyline photo of central Balfour
Balfour is located in South Africa
Balfour
Balfour
 Balfour shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°39′S 28°35′E / 26.650°S 28.583°E / -26.650; 28.583Coordinates: 26°39′S 28°35′E / 26.650°S 28.583°E / -26.650; 28.583
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Dipaleseng
Established 1898
Area[1]
 • Total 12.06 km2 (4.66 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,201
 • Density 270/km2 (690/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 50.2%
 • Coloured 1.4%
 • Indian/Asian 9.4%
 • White 38.4%
 • Other 0.6%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 38.6%
 • Zulu 23.1%
 • English 15.4%
 • Sotho 12.3%
 • Other 10.7%
Postal code (street) 5740
PO box 5740
Area code 017

Balfour is a small coal mining and maize farming town in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Town and post office, some 80 km southeast of Johannesburg, Established on the farms Vlakfontein No. 101 and No. 108 which belonged to Frederick Stuart McHattie, and named McHattiesburg after him in 1897. Proclaimed on 16 February 1898, it was renamed Balfour on 15 February 1905, after Arthur James Balfour, Prime Minister of Great Britain, 1902-1905, who visited South Africa in that year.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Balfour". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 68. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 

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