Reitz, Free State

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Reitz
Reitz is located in Free State (South African province)
Reitz
Reitz
Reitz is located in South Africa
Reitz
Reitz
Coordinates: 27°48′S 28°26′E / 27.800°S 28.433°E / -27.800; 28.433Coordinates: 27°48′S 28°26′E / 27.800°S 28.433°E / -27.800; 28.433
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceFree State
DistrictThabo Mofutsanyane
MunicipalityNketoana
Established1890[1]
Area
 • Total25.7 km2 (9.9 sq mi)
Elevation
1,630 m (5,350 ft)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total20,183
 • Density790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African90.0%
 • Coloured0.3%
 • Indian/Asian0.2%
 • White9.1%
 • Other0.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Sotho66.9%
 • Zulu19.9%
 • Afrikaans9.2%
 • Sign language1.1%
 • Other3.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
9810
PO box
9810
Area code058

Reitz is a small maize, wheat and cattle farming town located in the east of the Free State province of South Africa.

Economy and Farming[edit]

The town has one of the largest maize silos in the southern hemisphere and is a major maize growing community.[3]

History and Name[edit]

Founded in 1889,[3] 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.

Location[edit]

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 halfway between the towns of Bethlehem and Frankfort, at an elevation of 1,630 metres (5,350 ft).

Nearby towns[edit]

Here is a list of nearby towns and how far away they are in kilometers:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii.
  2. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Reitz and Petsana from Census 2011.
  3. ^ a b http://www.wheretoholiday.co.za/town/reitz/
  4. ^ http://pagenation.com/world/Reitz%20(Free%20State)_28.43_-27.79.map

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