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Riebeeckstad is located in Free State (South African province)
 Riebeeckstad shown within Free State
Coordinates: 27°55′08″S 26°49′08″E / 27.918777°S 26.818777°E / -27.918777; 26.818777Coordinates: 27°55′08″S 26°49′08″E / 27.918777°S 26.818777°E / -27.918777; 26.818777
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Lejweleputswa
Municipality Matjhabeng
 • Type Part of Municipality
 • Mayor Sebenzile Ngangelizwe (ANC)
 • Total 13.22 km2 (5.10 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 11,268
 • Density 850/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 49.2%
 • Coloured 1.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 48.4%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 48.3%
 • Sotho 32.4%
 • English 8.6%
 • Xhosa 4.0%
 • Other 6.7%
Postal code (street) 9459
PO box 9469
Area code 057
Painting of Jan van Riebeeck by E.C. Godée Molsbergen.

Riebeeckstad is a suburb 5 km east of the city of Welkom located in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality of the Free State province of South Africa.

It is named after Jan van Riebeeck and was established as an upper-class[citation needed] suburb, void of mine shafts, for people working in Welkom or on the Free State Goldfields. The suburb is the largest in the city of Welkom and has a significant white population. Afrikaans is most spoken language in the suburb followed by Sesotho and English. The suburb is located few kilometres from the Central University of Technology in Welkom.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Riebeeckstad". Census 2011.