Bultfontein

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Bultfontein
Bultfontein is located in Free State (South African province)
Bultfontein
Bultfontein
Bultfontein is located in South Africa
Bultfontein
Bultfontein
Bultfontein is located in Africa
Bultfontein
Bultfontein
 Bultfontein shown within Free State
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 total population of about 23,400 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 2011 census, Bultfontein proper has a population of 2,176,[4] while Phahameng has a population of 21,189,[5] giving the urban area a total population of 23,365. Of this population 93% described themselves as Black African, 5.5% as White, and 0.5% as Coloured. 57% spoke Sotho as their home language, 23% spoke Xhosa, 9.5% spoke Tswana and 6% spoke Afrikaans as first language.

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 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 2011. 
  5. ^ "Main Place Phahameng". Census 2011.