Burgersdorp

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For the town in Limpopo, see Burgersdorp, Limpopo. Burgersdorp_sentence_0

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Burgersdorp

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CountryBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_1_0 South AfricaBurgersdorp_cell_0_1_1
ProvinceBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_2_0 Eastern CapeBurgersdorp_cell_0_2_1
DistrictBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_3_0 Joe GqabiBurgersdorp_cell_0_3_1
MunicipalityBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_4_0 Walter SisuluBurgersdorp_cell_0_4_1
EstablishedBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_5_0 1846Burgersdorp_cell_0_5_1
GovernmentBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_6_0
TypeBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_7_0 Local MunicipalityBurgersdorp_cell_0_7_1
MayorBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_8_0 Ncedo Ngoqo (ANC)Burgersdorp_cell_0_8_1
AreaBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_9_0
TotalBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_10_0 30.9 km (11.9 sq mi)Burgersdorp_cell_0_10_1
ElevationBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_11_0 1,405 m (4,610 ft)Burgersdorp_cell_0_11_1
Population (2011)Burgersdorp_header_cell_0_12_0
TotalBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_13_0 15,991Burgersdorp_cell_0_13_1
DensityBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_14_0 520/km (1,300/sq mi)Burgersdorp_cell_0_14_1
Racial makeup (2011)Burgersdorp_header_cell_0_15_0
Black AfricanBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_16_0 78.1%Burgersdorp_cell_0_16_1
ColouredBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_17_0 12.0%Burgersdorp_cell_0_17_1
Indian/AsianBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_18_0 0.3%Burgersdorp_cell_0_18_1
WhiteBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_19_0 9.4%Burgersdorp_cell_0_19_1
OtherBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_20_0 0.2%Burgersdorp_cell_0_20_1
First languages (2011)Burgersdorp_header_cell_0_21_0
XhosaBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_22_0 71.6%Burgersdorp_cell_0_22_1
AfrikaansBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_23_0 20.8%Burgersdorp_cell_0_23_1
SothoBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_24_0 3.4%Burgersdorp_cell_0_24_1
EnglishBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_25_0 1.4%Burgersdorp_cell_0_25_1
OtherBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_26_0 2.8%Burgersdorp_cell_0_26_1
Time zoneBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_27_0 UTC+2 (SAST)Burgersdorp_cell_0_27_1
Postal code (street)Burgersdorp_header_cell_0_28_0 9744Burgersdorp_cell_0_28_1
PO boxBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_29_0 9744Burgersdorp_cell_0_29_1
Area codeBurgersdorp_header_cell_0_30_0 051Burgersdorp_cell_0_30_1

Burgersdorp is a medium-sized town in Walter Sisulu in the Joe Gqabi District Municipality of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Burgersdorp_sentence_1

In 1869 a Theological Seminary was established here by the Gereformeerde Kerk, but in 1905 it was moved to Potchefstroom, acting as an instrument in the formation of the PUK in 1919, then becoming the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in 1951. Burgersdorp_sentence_2

The Afrikaner Bond political party was founded in Burgersdorp in 1881. Burgersdorp_sentence_3

Demographics Burgersdorp_section_0

According to the 2011 census, the town of Burgersdorp proper has a population of 5,240, while the adjacent townships of Mzamomhle and Tembisa have populations of 4,656 and 6,094 respectively, giving the urban area a population of 15,990. Burgersdorp_sentence_4

Of this population 78.1% described themselves as Black African, 11.98% as Coloured and 9.4% as White. Burgersdorp_sentence_5

69.2% spoke Xhosa as their home language, 20.1% spoke Afrikaans, 3.3% spoke Sotho, 1.4% spoke English as their home language and 6.0% spoke some other language. Burgersdorp_sentence_6

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Rail Burgersdorp_section_2

The first rail connection to Burgersdorp was opened on 19 March 1885. Burgersdorp_sentence_7

Today Shosholoza Meyl provides passenger rail service to Burgersdorp on its Johannesburg-Bloemfontein-East London route. Burgersdorp_sentence_8

Road Burgersdorp_section_3

Burgersdorp is located on the junction of the R58 between Aliwal North and Venterstad; and the R391 leading to Hofmeyr, Molteno and Steynsburg. Burgersdorp_sentence_9

Society and culture Burgersdorp_section_4

Sport Burgersdorp_section_5

Match 18 of the 1910 British Lions tour to South Africa was played in Burgersdorp. Burgersdorp_sentence_10

Museums, monuments and memorials Burgersdorp_section_6

Ten of the Eastern Cape's provincial heritage sites can be found in Burgersdorp. Burgersdorp_sentence_11

They include the Christ Church, the Coetzee House, the De Bruin House, the Jubilee Fountain, the Old Goal, the Old Reformed Church Parsonage, the Old Reformed Church Theological Seminary as well as the three listed below in more detail. Burgersdorp_sentence_12

Dutch Reformed Church Burgersdorp_section_7

This church was declared a provincial heritage site in 1996. Burgersdorp_sentence_13

Blockhouse Burgersdorp_section_8

A Second Boer War blockhouse overlooking the town, commonly known as the Sentinel was declared a provincial heritage site in 1939. Burgersdorp_sentence_14

Dutch Language Monument Burgersdorp_section_9

See also: Afrikaans Language Monument Burgersdorp_sentence_15

A monument to Dutch, built in 1893 is located in the town. Burgersdorp_sentence_16

The monument depicts a woman pointing her finger at a book in her hands. Burgersdorp_sentence_17

This monument was declared a provincial heritage site in 1937. Burgersdorp_sentence_18

Although the main inscription on that monument refers to the Hollandse taal (Dutch language), it can be understood to mean Afrikaans, because the Hollandse taal in South Africa was only split since 1925. Burgersdorp_sentence_19

But the monument is officially recognised as a monument to Dutch. Burgersdorp_sentence_20

The monument was damaged during the Anglo-Boer War, and Lord Milner had it removed. Burgersdorp_sentence_21

It was replaced with a replica in 1907. Burgersdorp_sentence_22

The original was later discovered in King William's Town in 1939, and moved back to stand next to the replica in Burgersdorp. Burgersdorp_sentence_23

Some sources claim that Lord Milner had removed the original monument not because it was damaged, but because he was opposed to Dutch (and Afrikaans), and that the replica was built not by government but by a group of Afrikaners. Burgersdorp_sentence_24

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