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Clocolan is located in Free State (South African province)
Clocolan is located in South Africa
Clocolan is located in Africa
 Clocolan shown within Free State
Coordinates: 28°54′50″S 27°34′01″E / 28.91389°S 27.56694°E / -28.91389; 27.56694Coordinates: 28°54′50″S 27°34′01″E / 28.91389°S 27.56694°E / -28.91389; 27.56694
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Setsoto
Established 1907
 • Total 19.0 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 17,602
 • Density 930/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 95.7%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 3.6%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Sotho 86.4%
 • English 5.3%
 • Afrikaans 5.2%
 • Sign language 1.8%
 • Other 1.3%
Postal code (street) 9735
PO box 9735
Area code 051

Clocolan, established in 1906, is a small town in the Free State province of South Africa. The Basotho called the place Hlohlolwane (Hlohla-o-lwane, "get up and fight"). New inhabitants mispronounced the name and called it Clocolan.

Town west of Prynn’s Berg, and some 166km north-east of Bloemfontein. Laid out on the farms Harold and Rienzi in 1906, it became a municipality in 1910. The name is of Sotho origin, said to be derived from hlohloloane, ‘bump and fight’, from an incident in which the bumping over of a basket filled with wheat led to a fight; or ‘pressed in the mountains’.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Hlohlolwane and Clocolan from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 118.