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Wesselsbron (South Africa)
Coordinates 27 ° 51 ′ 0 ″  S , 26 ° 22 ′ 0 ″  E Coordinates: 27 ° 51 ′ 0 ″  S , 26 ° 22 ′ 0 ″  E
Basic data
Country South Africa


free State
District Lejweleputswa
local community Nala
height 1318 m
surface 10.3 km²
Residents 1415 (2011)
density 137.9  Ew. / km²
founding 1920

Wesselsbron ( Afrikaans , German as: "Wessels 'source') is a city in the South African province of Free State (Free State). It is located in the municipality of Nala in the Lejweleputswa district .


In 2011 Wesselsbron had 1,415 inhabitants. To the north is the township settlement Monyakeng with 25,392 inhabitants. Wesselsbron is 48 kilometers northwest of the town of Welkom and 32 kilometers east of Hoopstad .


The place was founded in 1920 and was raised to a municipality in 1936. He was for a commander in the Second Boer War , named Cornelis J. Wessels, of the siege of Kimberley by Buren had commanded.

Economy and Transport

The main source of income is agriculture, especially the cultivation of maize , but also the cultivation of wheat , sunflowers , peanuts and potatoes . The grain silo complex of the agricultural company Senwes is considered the largest in the southern hemisphere and holds 275,000 tons. Omnia has been operating a liquid fertilizer factory since 1997, one of the largest in South Africa. There is also a slaughterhouse in Wesselsbron .

Wesselsbron is located on the R34 , which connects Hoopstad in the west with the R30 in the east. The R505 leads northwest to Makwassie , the R719 connects Bultfontein in the southwest with Bothaville in the northeast.

Freight traffic from Wesselsbron is served on the Vierfontein - Bultfontein branch line. The train station is between Wesselsbron and Monyakeng.



The Wesselsbron virus , which belongs to the Flaviviridae and can be transmitted from farm animals to humans, was named after the city.

Individual evidence

  1. 2011 Census, Wesselsbron , accessed June 18, 2018
  2. 2011 Census, Monyakeng , accessed June 18, 2018
  3. a b Entry at Southern African Place Names (English; archive version)
  4. a b c Description at wesselsbron.co.za (English), accessed on June 19, 2018
  5. ^ Five of the world's biggest storage spaces. xstraspace.co.za, accessed June 19, 2018