Orange Free State (province)

The Province of the Orange Free State (Afrikaans: Provinsie Oranje-Vrystaat), commonly referred to as the Orange Free State (Afrikaans: Oranje-Vrystaat), Free State (Afrikaans: Vrystaat) or by its abbreviation OFS, was one of the four provinces of South Africa from 1910 to 1994. After 27 April 1994 it was dissolved following the first non-racial election in South Africa. It is now called the Free State Province.

Province of the Orange Free State
Provinsie Oranje-Vrystaat (Afrikaans)
Province of South Africa
Locator map of Orange Free State Province as of 1 March 1994.svg
The OFS as it was by 1994
• 1991
129,825 km2 (50,126 sq mi)
• 1991
 • TypeOrange Free State Provincial Council
• Established
31 May 1910
• Disestablished
27 April 1994
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Orange River Colony
Free State
Today part ofSouth Africa

Its predecessor was the Orange River Colony which in 1902 had replaced the Orange Free State, a Boer republic.

Its outside borders were the same as those of the modern Free State Province; except for the bantustans ("homelands") of QwaQwa and one part of Bophuthatswana, which were contained on land inside of the provincial Orange Free State borders.

Districts in 1991Edit

Districts of the province and population at the 1991 census.[1] 


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Census > 1991 > RSA > Variable Description > Person file > District code". Statistics South Africa - Nesstar WebView. Archived from the original on 19 June 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

Coordinates: 29°07′00″S 26°13′00″E / 29.1167°S 26.2167°E / -29.1167; 26.2167