Ventersburg

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Ventersburg
The N1 National Road passing through Ventersburg.
The N1 National Road passing through Ventersburg.
Ventersburg is located in South Africa
Ventersburg
Ventersburg
 Ventersburg shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 28°5′S 27°8′E / 28.083°S 27.133°E / -28.083; 27.133Coordinates: 28°5′S 27°8′E / 28.083°S 27.133°E / -28.083; 27.133
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Lejweleputswa
Municipality Matjhabeng
Established 1857
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Sebenzile Ngangelizwe [1] (ANC)
Area[2]
 • Total 5.2 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 11,260
 • Density 2,200/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 92.5%
 • Coloured 0.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 6.4%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Sotho 82.4%
 • Afrikaans 8.1%
 • Xhosa 3.4%
 • English 2.8%
 • Other 3.4%
Postal code (street) 9450
PO box 9450
Area code 057 651

Ventersburg is a small town in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality of the Free State province in South Africa, 148 km north of Bloemfontein. It was established on the farm Kromfontein which was owned by PA Venter who died in 1857. His son allowed a Reform Church to be established on the farm in 1864 and by 1871, the first plots of the original farm were sold. Ventersburg was declared on 6 May 1873. The Dutch Reform Church was built in Ventersburg in 1891 but it was burnt down in 1900 by the British forces during the Boer War. The church was later re-built in 1912.

In 1903, Ventersburg became a municipality. On 5 December 2000 it was incorporated into the Matjhabeng Local Municipality along with the city of Welkom and the towns of Allanridge, Hennenman, Odendaalsrus, and Virginia.

Under apartheid, many black residents lived outside Ventersburg in Mmamahabane, an extra-municipal township. The location has since been expanded into a second district, Tswelangpele.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Free State Tourism.org
  2. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Ventersburg, Mmamahabane and Tswelangpele from Census 2011.