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Friemersheim

Friemersheim
Friemersheim is located in Western Cape
Friemersheim
Friemersheim
Friemersheim is located in South Africa
Friemersheim
Friemersheim
Coordinates: 33°57′19″S 22°08′33″E / 33.95528°S 22.14250°E / -33.95528; 22.14250
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
DistrictGarden Route
MunicipalityMossel Bay
Area
 • Total2.33 km2 (0.90 sq mi)
Population
(2011)[1]
 • Total1,235
 • Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African0.6%
 • Coloured94.3%
 • Indian/Asian0.4%
 • White2.4%
 • Other2.2%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans97.7%
 • Other2.3%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
6525
PO box
6526

Friemersheim is a settlement in Garden Route District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

A small agricultural community about 15 km from Groot-Brakrivier, Friemersheim was founded by a German missionary in the early nineteenth century.[2] In 1869, through the efforts of Reverend Johann Kretzen of the Berliner Missionary Society, a school and church were built on the farm Gonnakraal, which Kretzen had bought for his sister.[2]

After his sister's death in 1872, he bequeathed the farm to the Dutch Reformed Missionary Society, and later it was renamed Friemersheim, after Kretzen's town of birth in Germany.[3] It remained in the ownership of the Dutch Reformed Church until the 1960s, when it was sold to the state.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Friemersheim". Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Friemersheim, South Africa". Southern Cape Website. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Friemersheim" (PDF). Provincial Government of the Western Cape. Retrieved 8 January 2014.