Clocolan

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Clocolan
Clocolan 2004.JPG
Clocolan is located in Free State (South African province)
Clocolan
Clocolan
Clocolan is located in South Africa
Clocolan
Clocolan
Clocolan is located in Africa
Clocolan
Clocolan
 Clocolan shown within Free State
Coordinates: 28°54′50″S 27°34′01″E / 28.91389°S 27.56694°E / -28.91389; 27.56694Coordinates: 28°54′50″S 27°34′01″E / 28.91389°S 27.56694°E / -28.91389; 27.56694
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Setsoto
Established 1907
Area[1]
 • Total 19.0 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 17,602
 • Density 930/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 95.7%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 3.6%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Sotho 86.4%
 • English 5.3%
 • Afrikaans 5.2%
 • Sign language 1.8%
 • Other 1.3%
Postal code (street) 9735
PO box 9735
Area code 051

Clocolan, established in 1906, is a small town in the Free State province of South Africa. The Basotho called the place Hlohlolwane (Hlohla-o-lwane, "get up and fight"). New inhabitants mispronounced the name and called it Clocolan.

Town west of Prynn’s Berg, and some 166km north-east of Bloemfontein. Laid out on the farms Harold and Rienzi in 1906, it became a municipality in 1910. The name is of Sotho origin, said to be derived from hlohloloane, ‘bump and fight’, from an incident in which the bumping over of a basket filled with wheat led to a fight; or ‘pressed in the mountains’.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Hlohlolwane and Clocolan from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 118.