Hobhouse, Free State

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Hobhouse
Hobhouse, Dutch Reformed Church
Hobhouse, Dutch Reformed Church
Hobhouse is located in Free State (South African province)
Hobhouse
Hobhouse
Hobhouse is located in South Africa
Hobhouse
Hobhouse
Coordinates: 29°32′S 27°09′E / 29.533°S 27.150°E / -29.533; 27.150Coordinates: 29°32′S 27°09′E / 29.533°S 27.150°E / -29.533; 27.150
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceFree State
DistrictThabo Mofutsanyane
MunicipalityMantsopa
Area
 • Total12.6 km2 (4.9 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total244
 • Density19/km2 (50/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • White44.67%
 • Black African42.62%
 • Coloured8.61%
 • Indian/Asian2.87%
 • Other1.23%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans43.44%
 • Sotho38.11%
 • English14.34%
 • Other3.69%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
9740
PO box
9740
Area code051

Hobhouse is a small farming town in the Free State province of South Africa, named after welfare campaigner Emily Hobhouse. Maize, wheat, cheese and livestock are produced here.

It has one primary school and one secondary school. The most spoken language is Sesotho. It is a disadvantaged place with bright learners.

Since there are no jobs in Hobhouse, almost everyone leaves or relocate in search for green pastures.

Background[edit]

Town 32 km north-east of Wepener and 51 km south-west of Ladybrand, near the Lesotho border. It was laid out on the farm Poortjie in 1912 and attained municipal status in 1913. Named after Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926), author and philanthropist who brought to public notice abuses in concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d [1]
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 212.