Bloemfontein is the judicial capital of South Africa, the birthplace of the famous fantasy writer, JRR Tolkien. Grey College is the third oldest school in South Africa and the oldest north of the Orange River.
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- The city is home to approximately 520 000 residents. 7th largest city in South Africa
- Bloemfontein is popularly and poetically known as “the city of roses”, because of how easy these flowers grow in Bloem and the annual rose festival held here. The city’s Sesotho name is Mangaung, meaning “place of cheetahs”
- The city was officially founded in 1846 as a fort by British army major Henry Douglas Warden
- Bloem is centrally located in South Africa with many major roads and train trails going through or past the city
- Our city is the economic and educational hub for central South Africa. We have two major universities for example CUT & UFS. As well as several excellent schools and colleges spread throughout
- It was one of the host cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We annually host many national or international Rugby, Soccer, Netball, or Cricket Games
- It is the only city in the world that has a wildlife nature conservation area in the middle of its CBD
- Our Local Radio Stations include OFM, Kovsie FM, CUT FM, Radio Rosestad, Motheo FM, Med FM, Lesedi FM, Motsweding FM
- Famous People born in Bloemfontein: JRR Tolkien, Hansie Cronje, Ryk Neethling, Os du Randt, Zola Budd, Tony Kgoroge, Willem Jackson to name just a few.