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Street in downtown Odendaalsrus.
Street in downtown Odendaalsrus.
Odendaalsrus is located in Free State (South African province)
Odendaalsrus is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 27°52′S 26°41′E / 27.867°S 26.683°E / -27.867; 26.683Coordinates: 27°52′S 26°41′E / 27.867°S 26.683°E / -27.867; 26.683
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceFree State
 • Total42.1 km2 (16.3 sq mi)
 • Total63,743
 • Density1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African93.1%
 • Coloured0.3%
 • Indian/Asian0.3%
 • White6.1%
 • Other0.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Sotho68.8%
 • Xhosa13.4%
 • Afrikaans7.7%
 • Tswana2.5%
 • Other7.7%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code057

Odendaalsrus is the oldest gold mining town in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality in the goldfields of the Free State province in South Africa.


It started out in 1912 as a ramshackle collection of farms and a central church that became a town. In April 1946 gold was struck on the farm Geduld near the town. This discovery was mentioned in Alan Paton's novel Cry, the Beloved Country. On the 5 December 2000, Odendaalrus was incorporated into the Matjhabeng Local Municipality along with the city of Welkom and the towns of Allanridge, Hennenman, Ventersburg and Virginia.

Odendaalsrus celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, it is a town located on the Goldfields close to a couple of mines, and a large Harcos farm producing chickens and eggs.


Kutloanong Location is a township located about 10 km outside Odendaalsrus, between Welkom and Allanridge, established to house black people during the apartheid era. Kutlwanong is divided into 16 sections, namely: k1, k2, k3, k4, k5, k6, k7, k8, k9, k10 and block 1, block 2, block 4, block 5, block 6, and block 7.First people to live there were group of Black people from Hospital Park; 2km from Odendaalsrus. Where they were evicted and forced to live in separate sections according to their ethnicity creating conflict between tribes. Reason for eviction is said to be the closeness of the black suburb to the town. It falls under the Municipality of Lejweleputsa. It is well known for political such as Sipho Mutsi the youth activist of all time, and producing soccer stars such as Kamohelo Mokotjo, Khotso Moleko, Vuyisile Wana and also it is a birth Place of a Pentecostal and Charismatic Preachers Such as Rev Jack Mponeng who is impacting communities of South Africa with His Charismatic Preaching and Bible Centered Faith Teachings etc.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Odendaalsrus and Kutlwanong from Census 2011.

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