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A city of central South Africa east-southeast of Kimberley. It is unofficially called the judicial capital of the country because the appellate division of the national supreme court sits here.


(Placename) a city in central South Africa: capital of Free State province and judicial capital of the country. Pop: 111 698 (2001)


(ˈblum fɒnˌteɪn)

the capital of the Orange Free State, in the central Republic of South Africa. 232,984.
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Noun1.Bloemfontein - the seat of the supreme courtBloemfontein - the seat of the supreme court  
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
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Asked to cite the most dramatic examples of hospitals failing to deliver an acceptable service owing to shortages of healthcare workers and expertise, Carter named Rob Ferriera Hospital in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, and Universitas Hospital in Bloemfontein, Free State. He said that Rob Ferriera was once a 'premier' tertiary hospital but had haemorrhaged competent and experienced medical officers and specialists because of 'significant instability' at senior management and leadership level (last November), narrowly escaping losing its HPCSA intern training accreditation.
JUN TIME /TV TEAMS SCORE VENUE GROUP F ParaguaySlovakiaParaguayNew Rustenburg, ROYAL BAFOKENG Capacity: 42,000 Cape Town RustenburgBloemfonteinNelspruitJohannesburg Bloemfontein Durban ItalyNew ZealandSlovakiaItalySlovakia 14 15 20 202424 1st 2nd 3rd 4th ENGLAND'S 23 WORLD CUP LIONS Bloemfontein, FREE STATE STADIUM Capacity: 48,000 7:30pm/BBC 12:30pm/BBC12:30pm/BBC3:00pm/ITV3:00pm/ITV3:00pm/ITV ZealandItalyNew Zealand JUN TIME /TVTEAMS SCORE VENUE -JEPPolokwane Paraguay NigeriaGreeceNigeriaSouth Johannesburg -JEPNelson Mandela BayBloemfonteinJohannesburg -JSCDurbanPolokwane GROUP B 1st2nd3rd4th W D L F A Pts.
Event 201--2007 March 13--Universitas, Bloemfontein, Free State Observed by Gerrit Penning at 18h10.