History of Bitterfontein

Province: Western Cape
West coast
Coordinates:31°02′10″S 18°15′58″E
Area: 39.90 km2
Municipality: Matzikama
The small town of Bitterfontein is at the railhead of a line from Cape Town used to transport copper ore from mines in Okiep. Bitterfontein got its name from the bitter brackish water from the spring in town. Today, the town’s water comes from a desalination plant that treats the water using reverse osmosis. In 1931 just a few years after the railway line reached Bitterfontein there was a famous diamond heist where the entire month’s production from Kleinzee was stolen from the postmaster’s office where it was awaiting transportation to Cape Town. The crime was never solved.

The postcode for Bitterfontein is 8200 (Boxes only)


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Useful Numbers in Bitterfontein

Police: 027 643 2011
Municipality; Vredendal-027 201 3300
Traffic department:
Fire: Vredendal-(027) 213-1379
Water: 027 201 3404/3401
Electricity: 082 323 7464
Ambulance: 10177
Post office; 027 642 7411 post agency
Library: 027 642 7017
Closest hospital; Sattelite clinic 027 642 7000 027
SPCA:Matzikama Dierebeskerming-027 213 4182
Schools: Bitterfontein Primary School-027 642 7154[/vc_column_text]


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