Koppies

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Koppies

Kopjes
Koppies entrance
Koppies entrance
Koppies is located in Free State (South African province)
Koppies
Koppies
Koppies is located in South Africa
Koppies
Koppies
Coordinates: 27°14′S 27°35′E / 27.233°S 27.583°E / -27.233; 27.583Coordinates: 27°14′S 27°35′E / 27.233°S 27.583°E / -27.233; 27.583
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceFree State
DistrictFezile Dabi
MunicipalityNgwathe
Area
 • Total7.5 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total13,803
 • Density1,800/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African94.9%
 • Coloured0.4%
 • Indian/Asian0.3%
 • White3.9%
 • Other0.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Sotho79.5%
 • Xhosa6.1%
 • Afrikaans4.9%
 • Zulu2.7%
 • Other6.7%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
9540
PO box
9540
Area code056
Websitewww.koppies.info

Koppies is a small town (railway station) situated near the Renoster River in the Free State province of South Africa.

Geography[edit]

The town is situated 63 km north-east of Kroonstad, 48 km west of Heilbron and 42 km south-south-east of Parys. It was laid out as a township in 1910 and became a municipality in 1926. Formerly Kopjes, meaning 'hills', the name is derived from that of the farm on which it was laid out, Honingkopjes, Dutch for 'honey hills'.[2]

History[edit]

General De Wet donated his Farm "Rooipoort" to be set up for under-privileged whites in the form of a few morgen irrigation land, and then a few morgen "dry" land for cultivating maize, etc. By the time the people got out of the war they were very poor, and were supplied with a few eggs and a paraffin lamp/hatcher for the eggs.

By demand/pressure of General De Wet, the Koppies Dam was constructed to supply water for irrigation, and work to the local people who needed it badly. During the 1960s, the wall of the dam was raised to where it is today.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Kwakwatsi and Koppies from Census 2011.
  2. ^ Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 259. Retrieved 28 August 2013.

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