Kestell

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Kestell
Dutch Reformed Church in Kestell
Dutch Reformed Church in Kestell
Kestell is located in South Africa
Kestell
Kestell
 Kestell shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 28°19′S 28°42′E / 28.317°S 28.700°E / -28.317; 28.700Coordinates: 28°19′S 28°42′E / 28.317°S 28.700°E / -28.317; 28.700
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Maluti a Phofung
Area[1]
 • Total 12.6 km2 (4.9 sq mi)
Elevation 1,700 m (5,600 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 8,269
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 92.8%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 6.4%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Sotho 80.5%
 • Zulu 7.5%
 • Afrikaans 6.8%
 • English 2.5%
 • Other 2.6%
Postal code (street) 9860
PO box 9860
Area code 058

Kestell is a small maize farming town in the Free State province of South Africa.

Town 46 km west of Harrismith and 45 km east of Bethlehem. The new village was laid out in 1905 on the farms Mooifontein and Driekuil, acquired from Adriaan and Johannes Bezuidenhout. It became a municipality in 1906.

Dutch Reformed Church and town's naming[edit]

Named after the Reverend Dr. John Daniel Kestell (1854–1941), minister of the Dutch Reformed Church from 1894 to 1903, author and cultural leader, who played an important role in the Anglo-Boer War and later helped with the Afrikaans Bible translation.[2] The local NG Church building, designed by famed architect of dozens of churches and the Voortrekker Monument, Gerard Moerdijk, was inaugurated on 31 March 1928.

War Battle[edit]

It is located 20 km southeast from the Battle of Groenkop-site of the Second Boer War. The battle took place on 25 December 1901 when General Christiaan De Wet's Boer troops defeated a British column.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Kestell and Tlholong from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 246.