Boshof

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Boshof
Boshof is located in South Africa
Boshof
Boshof
 Boshof shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 28°33′S 25°14′E / 28.550°S 25.233°E / -28.550; 25.233Coordinates: 28°33′S 25°14′E / 28.550°S 25.233°E / -28.550; 25.233
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Lejweleputswa
Municipality Tokologo
Established 1856[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 91.7 km2 (35.4 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 8,509
 • Density 93/km2 (240/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 78.5%
 • Coloured 10.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 10.1%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Tswana 57.9%
 • Afrikaans 28.7%
 • Sotho 4.4%
 • Xhosa 3.8%
 • Other 5.1%
Postal code (street) 8340
PO box 8340
Area code 053

Boshof is the administrative town in the west of the Free State province, South Africa.

Town 55 km north-east of Kimberley. Established in March 1856 on the farm Vanwyksvlei, which had been named after a Griqua who sowed his crops on it from time to time. Named in honour of Jacobus Nicolaas Boshof (1808-1881), second President of the Orange Free State (1855–59) and founder of its civil service. Became a municipality in 1872.[3]

The local commando was involved in the Siege of Kimberley, notably the disruption of the city's water supply at Riverton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)". pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Boshof and Seretse from Census 2011.
  3. ^ Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 89. Retrieved 28 August 2013.