13 Facts About Bloemfontein


Bloemfontein is popularly and poetically known as "the city of roses", for its abundance of these flowers and the annual rose festival held there.

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Bloemfontein recorded that his earliest memories were of "a hot country".

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In 1952 the Bloemfontein municipality began building new residential areas for the city's black population.

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The Bloemfontein municipality channelled off all black urbanisation to Thaba Nchu and Botshabelo, which were developed as a source of cheap labour for the city of Bloemfontein.

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Bloemfontein is located in central South Africa on the southern edge of the Highveld at an elevation of 1,400 metres, bordering on the semi-arid region of the Karoo.

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Bloemfontein suburbs include Heidedal to the east and southeast, Bain's Vlei, Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate, Brandwag, Ehrlich Park, Fauna, Fichardt Park, Fleurdal, Gardenia Park, Generaal De Wet, Hospitaalpark, Kiepersol, Lourier Park, Park West, Pellissier, Uitsig, Universitas, Westdene, Wilgehof and Willows to the south of the city.

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Bloemfontein is joint home to Premier Soccer League team Bloemfontein Celtic.

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Bloemfontein has a motocross track run by the Bloemfontein Off Road Club, as well as a go-kart circuit, which was closed down in early 2015.

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Bloemfontein's shooting sport community has produced many provincial and national representatives over the years.

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Bloemfontein has two rock climbing clubs, each with a wall and boulder cave.

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Bloemfontein is the northern end of the N6 road heading roughly southwards to the port of East London.

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Bloemfontein has two airports New Tempe Aerodrome and Bram Fischer International Airport.

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On 7 October 2010, Several tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in Bloemfontein were defaced with swastikas and antisemitic graffiti.

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