Warden, Free State

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Dutch Reformed Church in Warden.
Dutch Reformed Church in Warden.
Warden is located in South Africa
 Warden shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 27°51′S 28°58′E / 27.850°S 28.967°E / -27.850; 28.967Coordinates: 27°51′S 28°58′E / 27.850°S 28.967°E / -27.850; 28.967
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Phumelela
Established 1912
 • Total 17.0 km2 (6.6 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 10,977
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 92.1%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 6.4%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 62.9%
 • Sotho 25.2%
 • Afrikaans 7.2%
 • English 1.6%
 • Other 3.0%
Postal code (street) 9890
PO box 9890
Area code 058

Warden is a town situated in the Free State province of South Africa on the N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban.

Town 56km north of Harrismith and 106km south-south-east of Villiers. It was laid out on the farm Rietvlei in 1912, proclaimed in 1913, and attained municipal status in 1920. Said to be named after Charles Frederick Warden, landdrost of Harrismith from 1884 to 1900.[2] Warden and Dirkie Uys School is celebrating their centenary from 13-15 September 2013. Interested parties can contact the centenary festival organising committee's office on 0716917129. The town has one of the largest Dutch Reformed Churches in South Africa, with seating for 1,750.Since the ANC came into power in 1994,the towns infrastructure has become extremely bad and most roads are now unpaved and most public buildings have been in decline. A young group of residents actively took part in restoring Warden to its previous glory. A new main road and several buildings has since been buitlt or upgraded. One of the biggest municipal dams are also being built at the moment. Warden's locality (in the middle of SA and on the N3 highway connecting Gauteng and Durban),water supply, industrial land and labour makes it the ideal place for industrial development. Houses in Warden are reasonably priced. Industrial and residential land are also available.

The farming area around Warden produces a big part of the country's potatoes, maize and red meat.


  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Zenzeleni and Warden from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 467.