Fouriesburg

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Fouriesburg
Dutch Reformed Church, Fouriesburg
Dutch Reformed Church, Fouriesburg
Fouriesburg is located in Free State (South African province)
Fouriesburg
Fouriesburg
Fouriesburg is located in South Africa
Fouriesburg
Fouriesburg
Fouriesburg is located in Africa
Fouriesburg
Fouriesburg
 Fouriesburg shown within Free State
Coordinates: 28°37′21.9″S 28°12′39.22″E / 28.622750°S 28.2108944°E / -28.622750; 28.2108944Coordinates: 28°37′21.9″S 28°12′39.22″E / 28.622750°S 28.2108944°E / -28.622750; 28.2108944
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Dihlabeng
Established 1892[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 12.8 km2 (4.9 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 12,974
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 96.5%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.6%
 • White 2.5%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Sotho 90.7%
 • Afrikaans 3.2%
 • English 2.0%
 • Sign language 1.6%
 • Other 2.6%
Postal code (street) 9725
PO box 9725
Area code 058

Fouriesburg is a small town situated at the junction of the R711 and R26 routes in the eastern Free State, South Africa. It is near the Maluti Mountains and only 10 km from Caledon's Poort border post, which gives access to Lesotho.

History[edit]

During the late nineteenth century, this land was donated to the Orange Free State by a local farmer of Huguenot descent, Christoffel Fourie, for use as a temporary capital during the Second Boer War. It was the site of several engagements during the Boer War, and by 1902 the original settlement had been almost completely destroyed.[3]

Vicinity[edit]

The town name on Ventersberg which flanks Meiringskloof Nature Park

A small private resort, Meiringskloof Nature Park, is located in a valley just northeast of town. Fouriesburg is about half an hour's drive from Clarens, a popular tourist destination, and a 45-minute drive from Golden Gate Highlands National Park. It is about fifty kilometres south-east of Bethlehem, and some fifty-three from Ficksburg.

Fouriesburg ranked first during South Africa's 2013 Kwela Town of the Year competition.

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 Mashaeng and Fouriesburg from Census 2011.
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 166.