Reitz, Free State
|• Total||25.7 km2 (9.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,630 m (5,350 ft)|
|• Density||790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||90.0%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Sign language||1.1%|
|Postal code (street)||9810|
Economy and Farming
The town has one of the largest maize silos in the southern hemisphere and is a major maize growing community.
History and Name
Founded in 1889, 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.
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).
Here is a list of nearby towns and how far away they are in kilometers:
- "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii.
- Sum of the Main Places Reitz and Petsana from Census 2011.
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