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Information on the Free State province of South Africa

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The Free State province of South Africa was formerly known as the Orange Free State. The capital is Bloemfontein, which is also South Africa’s judicial capital and home to Fress State's annual rose festival. Due to its abundance of roses, Bloemfontein is popularly known as "the city of roses”. Bloemfontein is also home to the Free State stadium which a well known international cricket and rugby venue.

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South Africa's Free State province has a climate of hot summers and cold winters with the eastern Free State areas experiencing frequent snowfalls. The western areas can be extremely hot in summer. The rainfall in the Free State appears as short afternoon thunderstorms and it becomes drier towards the western regions of the province.

The Free State is situated on boundless plains in the middle of South Africa, with more than 30,000 farms, which produce over 70% of the country's grain. The rich soil and pleasant climate provide a thriving agricultural industry and is known as South Africa's breadbasket. The province is almost all 1,000 metres above sea level; the Maluti and Drakensberg Mountains foothills raise the terrain to over 2000 m in the east. Mineral deposits, with gold and diamonds being of particular importance, are typically found in the north and west of the Free State province.

Free State's primary language is Sesotho with Afrikaans the dominating language in the southwest and in some of the major towns. Other main home languages include Setswana and isiZulu. Free State is land locked, borderd six South African provinces namely the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal, Gauteng, Northern Cape and North West province.

The Free State province of South Africa is divided into the Transgariep & Goldfields region and the Northern and Eastern Free State region.


Free State History

The Free State’s landscape is a typical expanse of the South African interior plateau. The grass plains are now wheat and maize fields or sheep farms in the drier regions. The "platte land" is known as the heart of rural South Africa. Many of the Afrikaans families who live here, claim ancestors who came into this area during the Great Trek...History Free State

Free State Geography

The Free State, situated on boundless plains in the middle of South Africa. With more than 30,000 farms, which produce over 70% of the country's grain. The rich soil and pleasant climate provide a thriving agricultural industry....Geography Free State

Free State Fauna and Flora

The grassy plains in the south of the Free State province provide ideal conditions for large herds of plain game such as black wildebeest and springbok. The ridges, koppies and plains characteristic of the northern part are home to kudu, red hartebeest, white rhino and buffalo. The African wildcat, black wildebeest, zebra, eland, white rhino and wild dog can be seen at the Soetdoring Nature Reserve near Bloemfontein.

Free State Climate

The Free State climate is characterised by hot summers and cold winters. The eastern areas experience snowfalls on the higher ranges whilst the west is extremely hot in summer.....Climate Free State

Free State Economy

The Free State province is the agricultural hub of South Africa, with farming essential to its economy, while mining on the rich goldfields reef is its largest employer.....Free State Economy

Free State Education

Universities include: University of the Free State and Central University of Technology

Other educational institutions are Flavius Mareka FET College

Towns and Suburbs of the Free State province of South Africa

Bethlehem, Bloemfontein, Brandwag, Clarens, Dan Pienaar, Ficksburg, Fouriesburg, Gariep Dam, Harrismith, Kroonstad, Ladybrand, Langenhovenpark, Parys, Philippolis, Rayton, Sasolburg, Senekal, Smithfield, Thaba Nchu, Vredefort, Welkom, Wepener


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