Bethal

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Bethal
Bethal is located in Mpumalanga
Bethal
Bethal
Bethal is located in South Africa
Bethal
Bethal
Bethal is located in Africa
Bethal
Bethal
 Bethal shown within Mpumalanga
Coordinates: 26°27′S 29°27′E / 26.450°S 29.450°E / -26.450; 29.450Coordinates: 26°27′S 29°27′E / 26.450°S 29.450°E / -26.450; 29.450
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Govan Mbeki
Established 1898[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 51.94 km2 (20.05 sq mi)
Elevation 1,660 m (5,450 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 60,779
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 84.7%
 • Coloured 0.9%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 13.2%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Zulu 66.7%
 • Afrikaans 13.1%
 • S. Ndebele 6.8%
 • English 3.5%
 • Other 10.0%
Postal code (street) 2310
PO box 2310
Area code 017

Bethal is a farming town in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The farms in the region produce maize, sunflower seeds, sorghum, rye and potatoes. The town, established in 1880,[3] was named after the combined names of the wives of the owners of the farm Blesbokspruit, Elizabeth du Plooy and Alida Naude.

Bethal is famous for its former potato industry, and the annual National Potato Festival was held there in early May, but discontinued in 2007.

The Olifants River has its origin near Bethal.[4]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Bethal (1961–1990, extremes 1903–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.5
(99.5)
34.4
(93.9)
33.3
(91.9)
30.0
(86)
27.4
(81.3)
25.2
(77.4)
24.6
(76.3)
28.1
(82.6)
32.0
(89.6)
33.0
(91.4)
32.6
(90.7)
34.8
(94.6)
37.5
(99.5)
Average high °C (°F) 26
(79)
25
(77)
25
(77)
22
(72)
20
(68)
17
(63)
17
(63)
20
(68)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(75)
25
(77)
22
(72)
Average low °C (°F) 14
(57)
13
(55)
12
(54)
9
(48)
4
(39)
1
(34)
1
(34)
4
(39)
8
(46)
10
(50)
12
(54)
13
(55)
8
(46)
Record low °C (°F) 4.0
(39.2)
6.0
(42.8)
0.5
(32.9)
−1.4
(29.5)
−5.9
(21.4)
−9.2
(15.4)
−10.6
(12.9)
−12.5
(9.5)
−5.6
(21.9)
−1.2
(29.8)
1.0
(33.8)
1.7
(35.1)
−12.5
(9.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 146
(5.75)
75
(2.95)
61
(2.4)
48
(1.89)
14
(0.55)
7
(0.28)
6
(0.24)
13
(0.51)
28
(1.1)
78
(3.07)
129
(5.08)
106
(4.17)
711
(27.99)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 15 9 9 7 3 2 1 2 4 10 14 13 90
Source #1: South African Weather Service[5]
Source #2: Meteo Climat (record highs and lows)[6]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Main Place Bethal". Census 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.routes.co.za/mp/bethal/index.html
  4. ^ Major rivers and streams within the Limpopo River Basin
  5. ^ "Climate data for Bethal". South African Weather Service. Archived from the original on 9 September 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Station Bethal" (in French). Meteo Climat. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 

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