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The Province of the Orange Free State ( af, Provinsie Oranje-Vrystaat), commonly referred to as the Orange Free State ( af, Oranje-Vrystaat), ''Free State'' ( af, Vrystaat) or by its abbreviation OFS, was one of the four provinces of South Africa from 1910 to 1994. After 27 April 1994 it was dissolved following the first non-racial election in South Africa. Its predecessor was the Orange River Colony. Its ''outside'' borders were the same as those of the modern Free State Province; except for the
bantustans A Bantustan (also known as Bantu peoples, Bantu homeland, Black people, black homeland, Khoisan, black state or simply homeland; ) was a territory that the National Party (South Africa), National Party administration of South Africa set aside ...
("homelands") of QwaQwa and one part of Bophuthatswana, which were contained on land ''inside'' of the provincial Orange Free State borders.


Districts in 1991

Districts of the province and population at the 1991 census. * Zastron: 14,122 * Rouxville: 11,904 * Bethulie: 9,333 * Smithfield, Free State, Smithfield: 7,946 * Wepener: 12,964 * Dewetsdorp: 13,521 * Reddersburg: 6,070 * Edenburg: 6,968 * Trompsburg: 5,138 * Jagersfontein: 6,353 * Bloemfontein: 300,150 * Petrusburg: 11,071 * Brandfort: 23,521 * Botshabelo: 177,926 * Philippolis: 7,056 * Fauresmith: 8,916 * Koffiefontein: 10,778 * Jacobsdal: 9,748 * Boshof: 32,033 * Theunissen: 38,482 * Bultfontein: 28,556 * Hoopstad: 27,934 * Wesselsbron: 26,494 * Odendaalsrus: 97,603 * Welkom: 248,186 * Virginia, Free State, Virginia: 81,780 * Hennenman: 25,165 * Ventersburg: 14,534 * Ladybrand: 30,532 * Excelsior, Free State, Excelsior: 18,051 * Clocolan: 18,542 * Marquard: 17,217 * Winburg: 17,765 * Senekal: 41,551 * Ficksburg: 36,810 * Fouriesburg: 16,932 * Bethlehem, Free State, Bethlehem: 80,921 * Lindley, Free State, Lindley: 37,664 * Reitz, Free State, Reitz: 30,712 * Harrismith: 63,220 * Vrede: 37,324 * Kroonstad: 110,963 * Bothaville: 54,726 * Viljoenskroon: 59,279 * Vredefort: 13,518 * Koppies: 19,723 * Parys: 48,678 * Sasolburg: 89,079 * Heilbron: 40,987 * Frankfort, Free State, Frankfort: 44,617


Administrators


See also

* Free State (South African province)


References

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