Brandfort

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Brandfort
Brandfort is located in South Africa
Brandfort
Brandfort
 Brandfort shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 28°42′S 26°28′E / 28.700°S 26.467°E / -28.700; 26.467Coordinates: 28°42′S 26°28′E / 28.700°S 26.467°E / -28.700; 26.467
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceFree State
DistrictLejweleputswa
MunicipalityMasilonyana
Established1875[1]
Area[2]
 • Total29.9 km2 (11.5 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total12,899
 • Density430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African87.1%
 • Coloured1.2%
 • Indian/Asian0.3%
 • White11.2%
 • Other0.2%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Sotho55.3%
 • Xhosa16.6%
 • Afrikaans13.5%
 • Tswana9.1%
 • Other5.5%
Postal code (street)9400
PO box9400
Area code051
 
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Brandfort
Brandfort is located in South Africa
Brandfort
Brandfort
 Brandfort shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 28°42′S 26°28′E / 28.700°S 26.467°E / -28.700; 26.467Coordinates: 28°42′S 26°28′E / 28.700°S 26.467°E / -28.700; 26.467
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceFree State
DistrictLejweleputswa
MunicipalityMasilonyana
Established1875[1]
Area[2]
 • Total29.9 km2 (11.5 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total12,899
 • Density430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African87.1%
 • Coloured1.2%
 • Indian/Asian0.3%
 • White11.2%
 • Other0.2%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Sotho55.3%
 • Xhosa16.6%
 • Afrikaans13.5%
 • Tswana9.1%
 • Other5.5%
Postal code (street)9400
PO box9400
Area code051

Brandfort is a small town in the Free State province of South Africa. Jacobus van Zijl, a Voortrekker elder, established a church on his farm Keerom in 1866. The community was visited by Orange Free State president Brand and, shortly afterwards, the town was named in his honour. The British built a concentration camp here during the Boer War to house Boer women and children. For many years during Apartheid, Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, was exiled there. Also Cardiff City F.C. midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi was born in Brandfort. Brandfort was also home to former prime-minister H.F. Verwoerd, who matriculated there.

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