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For people with the surname, see Senekal (surname).

Dutch Reformed Church in Senekal
Dutch Reformed Church in Senekal
Senekal is located in Free State (South African province)
 Senekal shown within Free State
Senekal is located in South Africa
Senekal (South Africa)
Senekal is located in Africa
Senekal (Africa)
Coordinates: 28°19′S 27°36′E / 28.317°S 27.600°E / -28.317; 27.600Coordinates: 28°19′S 27°36′E / 28.317°S 27.600°E / -28.317; 27.600
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Setsoto
Established 1877[1]
 • Type Local Government
 • Councillors

Mrs M Mthimkhulu (Ward 3); Mr S Mokuane (Ward 4); Mrs M Motsei (Ward 5);

Mr M Silasi (Ward 6); Mr L Modire (Ward 7) (ANC)
 • Total 37.1 km2 (14.3 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 25,542
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 93.0%
 • Coloured 0.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 5.9%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Sotho 88.8%
 • Afrikaans 7.3%
 • Sign language 1.3%
 • Other 2.6%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 9600
PO box 9600
Area code 058 481

Senekal is a town situated on the banks of the Sand River in the eastern part of the Free State province of South Africa. It was named after Commandant FP Senekal. It is the second largest town in Setsoto Municipality after Ficksburg, the largest town and capital of Setsoto. Senekal lies on the N5 national road between Winburg on the west and Bethlehem to the east. It has two townships, Matwabeng and OR Tambo Section, the latter being the latest, largest and fastest growing.

Senekal combined with its townships have two police stations, correctional facilities, one hospital and three functioning clinics with the fourth still underway in OR Tambo Section. It has a radio station, Naledi Community radio station, which serves most parts of the Eastern Free State and small parts of Lesotho[citation needed]. It broadcasts on 103.9 MHz.

Farming around Senekal plays a vital role in the economy of the province and country at large. Produce includes maize, sunflower, wheat, milk and livestock.

The two most spoken official languages around Senekal are Afrikaans and Sesotho, the latter being the most widely spoken.

Places of interest in Senekal include Arizona Game Reserve, Biddulphs Mountain Resort and Willem Pretorius Game Reserve, though in Matjhabeng, falls under Setsoto Boundaries. One of the oldest churches in the Free State can be found at the centre of the town. The church is fenced with petrified wood, originally excavated from farms nearby. Though cool and charming, it is one of the most underdeveloped towns in the Free State.

Notable people from Senekal[edit]

  • Gibson Gift Phoofolo,The 1st Executive Chairman of the TransitionalLocal council of Senekal/Matwabeng in 1994.also the founder of Civic Association/Sayco and the Hero who introduced ANC and other political structures in senekal and surrounding towns.
  • Born in senekal and Bret in Vereeniging sebokeng Zone 13.
  • 1st Mayor after dispensation is Cllr P Mzizi,before amalgamation of 4 towns (Senekal,Marw\quard,Clocolan and Ficksburg the Head Office of Setsoto)
  • The first two mayors of Setsoto Municipality came from Senekal (Ms M. Molete and Mr M.S. Maduna)
  • Naka Drotské (Former rugby coach of the Free State Cheetahs)
  • Toks van der Linde (Former rugby player and TV personality)
  • Dante Weinhold (cricket player that played for the Free state cricket team in 2010,2011,2012 and 2014)
  • Louw Gertenbach the biggest hunter in Africa was born and raised in this town in the Eastern Free state there is a rumor that he shot 8 lions with his kettie when the lions attacked his slave.
  • Serame Letssoaka - Free State Stars F. C Coach


  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 Senekal and Matwabeng from Census 2011.