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Zastron is located in Free State (South African province)
Zastron is located in South Africa
Zastron is located in Africa
 Zastron shown within Free State
Coordinates: 30°18′S 27°05′E / 30.300°S 27.083°E / -30.300; 27.083Coordinates: 30°18′S 27°05′E / 30.300°S 27.083°E / -30.300; 27.083
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Xhariep
Municipality Mohokare
Established 1875[1]
 • Mayor Motshewa Julia Sehanka[2]
 • Total 22.7 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 15,607
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[3]
 • Black African 94.8%
 • Coloured 0.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 4.1%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 69.2%
 • Xhosa 22.4%
 • Afrikaans 5.1%
 • Other 3.3%
Postal code (street) 9950
PO box 9950
Area code 051
Farm lines: 05542

Zastron is a small agricultural town in the Free State province of South Africa, some 30 km from the border of Lesotho. It is situated at the foot of Aasvoëlberg (Vulture Mountain), named for the rare Cape vultures attracted by a feeding project a short distance out of town. A curious rock formation in the mountain, Die Oog (The Eye), has been adopted as the town's unofficial emblem.

The town was founded in 1876 on the farm Verliesfontein, and named after the maiden name of President Brand's wife, Johanna Sibella Brand, née Zastron.[4]


  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ Free State Archived January 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Matlakeng and Zastron from Census 2011.
  4. ^ Raper, P.E. (2004). South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball, Jhb & Cape Town. p. 415. ISBN 1-86842-190-2. 

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