Orange Free State (province)

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Province of the Orange Free State
Provinsie Oranje-Vrystaat
Coat of Arms of the Orange Free State.svg
Map of the provinces of South Africa 1976-1994 with the OFS highlighted.svg
 • 19912,193,062[1]
 • OriginOrange River Colony
 • Created31 May 1910
 • Abolished27 April 1994
 • Succeeded byFree State
StatusProvince of South Africa
GovernmentOrange Free State Provincial Council
 • HQBloemfontein

The Province of the Orange Free State (Afrikaans: Provinsie Oranje-Vrystaat), commonly referred to as the Orange Free State (Afrikaans: Oranje-Vrystaat), Free State (Afrikaans: 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 ("homelands") of QwaQwa and one part of Bophuthatswana, which were contained on land inside of the provincial Orange Free State borders.

Districts in 1991[edit]

Districts of the province and population at the 1991 census.[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Census > 1991 > RSA > Variable Description > Person file > District code". Statistics South Africa - Nesstar WebView. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

Coordinates: 29°07′00″S 26°13′00″E / 29.1167°S 26.2167°E / -29.1167; 26.2167