Reitz, Free State

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Reitz
Reitz is located in South Africa
Reitz
Reitz
 Reitz shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 27°48′S 28°26′E / 27.800°S 28.433°E / -27.800; 28.433Coordinates: 27°48′S 28°26′E / 27.800°S 28.433°E / -27.800; 28.433
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Nketoana
Established 1890[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 25.7 km2 (9.9 sq mi)
Elevation 1,630 m (5,350 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 20,183
 • Density 790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 90.0%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 9.1%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Sotho 66.9%
 • Zulu 19.9%
 • Afrikaans 9.2%
 • Sign language 1.1%
 • Other 3.0%
Postal code (street) 9810
PO box 9810
Area code 058

Reitz is a small maize, wheat and cattle farming town located in the east of the Free State province of South Africa.

Economy and Farming[edit]

The town has one of the largest maize silos in the southern hemisphere and is a major maize growing community.[3]

History and Name[edit]

Founded in 1889,[3] the town was previously known as Singer's Post, its name was changed to Amsterdam, and again to its current name Reitz after the Orange Free State president, Francis William Reitz.

Location[edit]

Reitz is located in the north-eastern part of the Free State province, 300 kilometres (190 mi) north-east of Bloemfontein and 180 kilometres (110 mi) south of Johannesburg. It lies roughly half-way between the towns of Bethlehem and Frankfort, at an elevation of 1,630 metres (5,350 ft).

Nearby towns[edit]

Here is a list of nearby towns and how far away they are in kilometers:[4]

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