Bloemfontein


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Bloemfontein

(blo͞om`fŏntān'), city, judicial capital of South AfricaSouth Africa,
Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2011 pop. 51,770,560), 471,359 sq mi (1,220,813 sq km), S Africa. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean in the west, on Namibia in the northwest, on Botswana and Zimbabwe in the north, on
..... Click the link for more information.
, capital of Free State prov., and seat of MangaungMangaung,
metropolitan municipality (2011 pop. 747,431), Free State prov., central South Africa. Bloemfontein is the municipal seat; other communities include Mangaung and Botshabelo. Originally a local municipality, Mangaung became a metropolitan municipality in 2011.
..... Click the link for more information.
 metropolitan municipality. It is a transportation hub and industrial center, containing railroad workshops, food-processing plants, and factories that produce furniture, plastics, and glassware. Bloemfontein was founded in 1846 and served as the capital of the Orange Free State Republic (see Free StateFree State,
formerly Orange Free State, province (2011 pop. 2,745,590), 50,126 sq mi (129,825 sq km), E central South Africa. It was renamed Free State shortly after the 1994 post-apartheid constitution went into effect.
..... Click the link for more information.
) until its capture (1900) by British forces during the South African War. Afterward, it was the site of the final negotiations (1909) that led to the establishment (1910) of the Union of South Africa. Among the city's educational institutions are the Univ. of the Free State (founded 1855; university status 1950) and the Central Univ. of Technology (1981).

Bloemfontein

a city in central South Africa: capital of Free State province and judicial capital of the country. Pop.: 111 698 (2001)
References in periodicals archive ?
Paterson was called up on Monday to replace the injured Morne Morkel for the second test against Bangladesh that starts in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Unfortunately for Bloemfontein the MINITRACK station was eventually sited at Harteebeesthoek, near Krugersdorp.
His interest in the history of early medicine practised in Bloemfontein led him to do research overseas.
The students, from Grey College, Bloemfontein, took in the Olympics before travelling to Stratford - then headed north to the Lake District and then on to Gateshead.
The trip to Bloemfontein has been warmly welcomed by the Blues players, notably by Durban-born back rower Andries Pretorius.
The facilities and hospitality in Bloemfontein were secondto-none but there was no hard match practice for the Bears there as they played only sides made up of local players.
It turned out Bloemfontein has a burgeoning group of locals who celebrate every Jewish holiday and a lot more intently than I doonly they celebrate it in the name of Yeshuah.
England have been knocked out of the 2010 World Cup in the second round, after a rampant Germany side ran out 4-1 victors in Bloemfontein.
The German FA have agreed to pay almost pounds 50,000 to everyone in the 23-man squad for a victory against Wayne Rooney (left) and Co in Bloemfontein.
To do that they must beat Switzerland in Bloemfontein, hope Chile beat Spain and make up four goals on Vicente del Bosque's side.
The Dutch, perennial under-achievers at global events, are again amongst the favourites for the crown in South Africa, but their first challenge is to progress from Group E, which also includes Japan and Cameroon, who meet in Bloemfontein this afternoon.
Dr Bertram Henderson trained as a paediatrician at University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.