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Dutch Reformed Church in Senekal
Dutch Reformed Church in Senekal
Senekal is located in South Africa
 Senekal shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 28°19′S 27°36′E / 28.317°S 27.600°E / -28.317; 27.600Coordinates: 28°19′S 27°36′E / 28.317°S 27.600°E / -28.317; 27.600
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Setsoto
Established 1877[1]
 • Type Local Government
 • Councillor Mr MS Maduna (ANC)
 • Total 37.1 km2 (14.3 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 25,542
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 93.0%
 • Coloured 0.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 5.9%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Sotho 88.8%
 • Afrikaans 7.3%
 • Sign language 1.3%
 • Other 2.6%
Postal code (street) 9600
PO box 9600
Area code 058 481

Senekal is a town situated on the banks of the Sand River in the eastern part of the Free State province of South Africa. It was named after Commandant FP Senekal. Senekal lies on the N5 national road between Winburg on the west and Bethlehem to the east. It has two townships, Matwabeng and OR Tambo Section, the latter being the latest, largest and fastest growing. Senekal has about five primary schools, four Secondary Schools and many primaries on the farms, police stations, correctional facilities, hospitals and three clinics. Naledi Community radio station serves most parts of the Eastern Free State and small parts of Lesotho[citation needed]. It broadcasts on 103.9 MHz. Senekal is the second largest town in Setsoto Municipality after Ficksburg, the largest town and capital of Setsoto.

Farming around Senekal plays a vital role in the economy of the province and country at large. Produce includes maize, sunflower, wheat, milk- and meat livestock.

The two most spoken official languages around Senekal are Afrikaans and Sesotho, the latter being the dominant language.

Places of interest in Senekal include Arizona Game Reserve, Biddulphs Mountain Resort and Willem Pretorius Game Reserve, though in Matjhabeng, falls under Setsoto Boundaries. One of the oldest churches in the Free State can be found at the centre of the town. The church is fenced with petrified wood, originally excavated from farms nearby. Though cool and charming, it is one of the most underdeveloped towns in the Free State.

Notable People from Senekal[edit]



  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)". pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Senekal and Matwabeng from Census 2011.