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Coat o airms o Grootfontein
Coat o airms
Motto(s): Fons Vitæ
Kintra  Namibie
Region Otjozondjupa Region
Constituency Grootfontein constituency
Established 1885
 • Mayor Rapama Kamehozu
Population (2001)[1]
 • Tot 14,249
Time zone Wast Africae Time (UTC+1)

Grootfontein is a ceety[2] in Otjozondjupa Region, Namibie. It lies on the B8, a Namibian Naitional Road that leads frae Windhoek tae the Caprivi Strip, in the Otavi triangle. In Afrikaans, its name means "Big Spring" - there is indeed a lairge hot spring near the toun.

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In 1885, 40 Boer families frae the north-wast o Sooth Africae settled at Grootfontein. Pairt o the Dorslandtrekker, they wur heidin towards Angolae. When that territory fell unner Portuguese control, they turned back an tried tae establish the "Republic Upingtonia" at Grootfontein. Abandoned bi 1887, it became the heidquarters o the South West Africa Company in 1893.

Like aw the touns in the Otavi triangle, Grootfontein is vera green in simmer but drier in winter. In ware, jacaranda an flamboyant trees bloom in profusion. The toun haes an auld German Schutztruppe fortress frae the year 1896, which today hooses a museum that expoonds on the local history. The economic mainspring o the aurie wur for mony decades the Berg Aukas an Abenab mines tae the north east o the toun. These produced zinc an vanadium but hae since closed. This is dolomite kintra an the carbonate deposits in the upper pairts o the mine hae yieldit interestin fossils o simian or pongoid creatures that lived millions o years afore modern humans evolved.

Twintie fower kilometres wast o Grootfontein lies the huge Hoba meteorite. At ower 60 tons, it is the lairgest kent meteorite on Earth, as well as being the lairgest naturally occurrin mass o iron kent tae exist on the planet's surface.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Republic o Namibia 2001 Population an Hoosin Census (Basic Analysis wi Heichlichts ed.). Windhoek: Central Bureau o Statistics, Naitional Plannin Commission. Julie 2003. p. 21. ISBN 0-86976-614-7. 
  2. Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa