Reddersburg

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Reddersburg
Old Reformed church in Boshoff Street, Reddersburg
Old Reformed church in Boshoff Street, Reddersburg
Reddersburg is located in Free State (South African province)
Reddersburg
Reddersburg
Reddersburg is located in South Africa
Reddersburg
Reddersburg
Reddersburg is located in Africa
Reddersburg
Reddersburg
 Reddersburg shown within Free State
Coordinates: 29°39′S 26°10′E / 29.650°S 26.167°E / -29.650; 26.167Coordinates: 29°39′S 26°10′E / 29.650°S 26.167°E / -29.650; 26.167
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Xhariep
Municipality Kopanong
Established 1861[1]
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Xolile Mathwa[2] (ANC)
Area[3]
 • Total 20.1 km2 (7.8 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 4,886
 • Density 240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[3]
 • Black African 85.7%
 • Coloured 2.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 10.9%
 • Other 0.3%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 65.7%
 • Xhosa 15.7%
 • Afrikaans 14.0%
 • Sign language 1.7%
 • Other 2.8%
Postal code (street) 9904
PO box 9904
Area code 051

Reddersburg is a small town in the Free State province of South Africa.

History[edit]

The town was established around the Reformed Church Reddersburg, which was established on the farm Thorbeck on 7 May 1859. The church counsel bought the farm Vlakfontein to establish the town. The name is Afrikaans and means "Saviour's Town", from "God is our Saviour". The town was managed by the church until 1894 when it was handed over to the municipality on agreement that a hereditary tenure of 33 pounds sterling must be paid by the municipality to the church on an annual basis.

During the Second Boer War, Reddersburg was the site of one of the last victories for the Boer forces over the British. Troops led by General Christiaan de Wet attacked a convoy of 600 of the Royal Irish Rifles on April 4, 1900, and obtained their surrender the next day.[4]

The Sarie Marais Hotel is one of the landmarks in the town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ Free State Tourism.org
  3. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Matoporong and Reddersburg from Census 2011.
  4. ^ Thomas Pankenham, The Boer War (Random House, 1979) p417