Date- 29/03.2015, in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Bloemfontein is the capital city of the Free State Province of South Africa. Bloemfontein means fountain of flowers or flower spring in Dutch. Bloemfontein is known as “the city of roses“, owing to the abundance of roses the annual rose festival held here. The city’s Sesotho name is Mangaung, meaning “place of cheetahs.
Bloemfontein was officially founded in 1846 as a fort by British army major Henry Douglas Warden as a British outpost in the Transoranje region, at that stage occupied by various groups of peoples including Cape Colony Trek Boers, Griqua and Basotho. With colonial policy shifts, the region changed into the Orange River Sovereignty (1848–54) and eventually the Orange Free State Republic (1854–1902). From 1902–10 it served as the capital of the Orange River Colony and since that time as the provincial capital of the Free State. In 1910 it became the Judicial capital of the Union of South Africa.
Bloemfontein is located in central South Africa on the southern edge of the Highveld at an elevation of 1,400 metres (4,600 ft), bordering on the semi-arid region of the Karoo. The area is generally flat with occasional hills (koppies in Afrikaans) and the general vegetation is Highveld grassland. Bloemfontein experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen: BSk ), with hot summer days (Jan: max:32 °C (90 °F) min:19 °C (66 °F); frequent afternoon thunderstorms) and cooler, dry winters, often with frosts (July: max:14 °C (57 °F) min:−3 °C (27 °F)). Snow is uncommon but as recently as August 2006 it snowed in the city, with snowfalls occurring again at the airport on 26 July 2007.
Bloemfontein has a large and diverse Christian population.
The writer J. R. R. Tolkien was born in the city on 3 January 1892, though his family left South Africa while Tolkien was only three. He recorded that his earliest memories were of “a hot country.
A Man can change his start. We don’t need noble birth. Our action should be noble, our thoughts should be pure, our faith should follow our destiny.
Good bye Bloemfontein, Free State!