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For other uses, see Vrede (disambiguation).
Vrede is located in Free State (South African province)
Vrede is located in South Africa
Vrede is located in Africa
 Vrede shown within Free State
Coordinates: 27°25′48″S 29°9′36″E / 27.43000°S 29.16000°E / -27.43000; 29.16000Coordinates: 27°25′48″S 29°9′36″E / 27.43000°S 29.16000°E / -27.43000; 29.16000
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Phumelela
Established 1876[1]
 • Councillor Motaung (ANC)
 • Total 50.1 km2 (19.3 sq mi)
Elevation 1,675 m (5,495 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 17,689
 • Density 350/km2 (910/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 93.1%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 5.7%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Zulu 53.4%
 • Sotho 36.5%
 • Afrikaans 6.0%
 • English 1.1%
 • Other 3.1%
Postal code (street) 9835
PO box 9835
Area code 058

Vrede is a town in the Free State province of South Africa that is the agricultural hub of a 100 km² region. Maize, wheat, mutton, wool, beef, dairy products and poultry are farmed in the region.


The town lies 60 km south of Standerton and 216 km south-east of Johannesburg. It was founded on the Krynauwslust farm in 1863 and proclaimed a town in June 1879. The name is Afrikaans for ‘peace’, which refers to the settlement of a dispute over the proposed site of the town.[3]

Education among the youth (even from poorer background) of Vrede is on the rise, especially due to high schools such as Katleho and Evungwini.

Notable people[edit]

  • André Brink (1935–2015), novelist, born in Vrede but moving to Lydenburg in childhood
  • Sid Kiel (1916–2007), doctor, athlete, and cricketer, born on a Vrede sheep farm but moving to Cape Town in childhood


  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 Thembalihle and Vrede from Census 2011.
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 463.