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10 Facts about Stellenbosch

22 Feb

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  • Stellenbosch is the 2nd oldest settlement in the Western Cape province (behind Cape Town). The town of Stellenbosch was founded in 1679.
  • Stellenbosch is named after its founder, Simon van der Stel (former governor of the Cape Colony).
  • In the early days of the Second Boer War (1899-1902) Stellenbosch was one of the British military bases and was used as a remount camp for British soldiers.
  • Stellenbosch has a population of about 117,000 (not counting students).
  • Maties Rugby club is one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world.
  • Omar Henry (South African cricketer), Charl Langeveldt (South African cricketer), Roger Telemachus (South African cricketer), Paul Roos (Springbok Rugby player), JP Pietersen (Springbok rugby player) and Giniel de Villiers (Rally Driver) were all born in Stellenbosch.
  • Stellenbosch University was founded in 1866 as Stellenbosch Gymnasium, renamed in 1881 to Stellenbosch College, renamed in 1887 to Victoria College and finally renamed to its current name in 1918 (when the institution acquired university status). More than 26,000 students attend Stellenbosch University.
  • One of the first schools in South Africa opened in Stellenbosch in 1683.
  • The early settlers to this fertile region were encouraged to plant oak trees and Stellenbosch’s oak lanes streets bear testimony today in the town being know as “Eikestad” (meaning village of oaks). Stellenbosch is also referred to as “Stellies” by South Africans.
  • South Africa currently has 101 957 hectares under vines, of which approximately 18 %is planted in the wine of origin Stellenbosch region.

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