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Kroonstad

Maokeng
Alex Fairweather corner in the CBD
Alex Fairweather corner in the CBD
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Fezile Dabi
Municipality Moqhaka
Established 1854
Area
 • Total 89.1 km2 (34.4 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total 168,762
 • Density 1,894.1/km2 (4,905.6/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African 85.2%
 • Coloured 4.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 10.1%
 • Other 0.3%
First languages (2011)
 • Sotho 73.3%
 • Afrikaans 15.8%
 • English 3.1%
 • Xhosa 2.5%
 • Other 5.3%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
9499
PO box
9500
Area code 056

Kroonstad (Afrikaans directly translated "Crown City") is the third largest city in the Free State (after Bloemfontein and Welkom) and lies two hours drive on the N1 from Gauteng. Maokeng is an area within Kroonstad, and is occasionally used as a synonym of the town itself. It is the second-largest commercial and urban centre in the Northern Free State (after Welkom), and an important railway junction on the main line from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Maokeng is Sesotho and means "place of the thorn trees (mimosa trees)".

Notable people

  • Antjie Krog, poet
  • Steve Komphela, football coach
  • Jeffrey Ntuka, football player
  • Sid James, actor
  • Robbie Wessels, singer
  • Fana Mokoena, actor & EFF politician
  • Max du Preez, journalist
  • David Kau, Comedian
  • Banele Gaza, Record Producer

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