Bultfontein

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Bultfontein
Bultfontein is located in South Africa
Bultfontein
Bultfontein
 Bultfontein shown within South Africa
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
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Lejweleputswa
Municipality Tswelopele
Established 1873[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 44.0 km2 (17.0 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 23,365
 • Density 530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 93.3%
 • Coloured 0.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 5.5%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Sotho 56.7%
 • Xhosa 22.7%
 • Tswana 9.5%
 • Afrikaans 6.1%
 • Other 5.0%
Postal code (street) 9670
PO box 9670
Area code 051

Bultfontein is a town in the Free State province of South Africa with a population of about 21,000 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]

According to the 2001 census, Bultfontein proper has a population of 1,034,[4] while Phahameng has a population of 20,063,[5] giving the urban area a total population of 21,097. Of this population 94.9% described themselves as Black African, 4.2% as White, and 0.8% as Coloured. 48.4% spoke Sotho as their home language, 27.5% spoke Xhosa, 16.2% spoke Tswana, and 4.6% spoke Afrikaans.

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 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 2001. 
  5. ^ "Main Place 'Phahameng'". Census 2001.