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The Free State Region lies in the heart of South Africa between the Vaal River in the North and the Orange River in the South. Nestling in the hollow of the Free State in a bean-like shape, is the Kingdom of Lesotho. The Free State is an area of flat rolling grassland and crop fields that rise to lovely sandstone mountains in the North East.
South Africa is rich in minerals and one of the largest gold producers in the world. With 12 gold mines in the Free State, producing 30% of the country’s output, Mining is the largest employer in the province. The Province is home to Goldfields – a gold reef, more than 400km long, that stretches across the Free State and Gauteng. Well-known towns in the heart of the Goldfields are Welkom and Odendaalrus. The only two gold refineries in South Africa are situated at Harmony Gold Refinery and Rand Refinery. Silver is also produced by gold mines in the Free State while uranium is extracted as a byproduct. Other mineral deposits in the Free State include high-quality diamonds that are produced from Kimberlite pipes and fissures and bentonite, found in the Koppies district.
Previously dependant on Mining and Agriculture, the economy of the Free State has become increasingly oriented towards manufacturing and export. Sasolburg is home to the Petrochemical company Sasol, that convert bituminous coal into petrochemicals. Sasol is regarded as a world leader in the production of chemicals, fuels, waxes and low-cost feedstock from coal.
Important manufacturing subsectors in the Province include: textiles, food and beverages, agri processing, furniture, engineering products and jewellery.
Agriculture dominates the Free State Landscape. Cultivated land covers 32 000 square kilometres while 87 000 square kilometres consist of natural veld and grazing. Almost two-thirds of the province’s gross agricultural income is yielded by field crops with animal products contributing a further 30%. The balance is generated by horticulture.
The Ficksburg district produces ninety percent of the country’s cherry crop. The main vegetable crop is asparagus. Ficksburg is also home to South Africa’s two largest asparagus canning factories. Other agricultural products that are cultivated in the Free State (Eastern part) are Sorghum, Soya, Wheat and Sunflowers. The high-lying areas of the Free State yield about 40% of the country’s potato production while the main vegetable crop is asparagus.
The opposing seasons of the Northern and Southern hemisphere gives the Province a distinct advantage in floriculture. The Free State exports about 1.2 million tons of cut flowers a year.
Manguang (Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu) became South Africa’s newest metropolitan authority in May 2011 with an established institutional, educational and administrative infrastructure. It houses the Supreme Court of Appeal, the University of the Free State and the Central University of Technology.
Other towns of importance is Kroonstad, the second largest urban centre in the Northern Free State. Parys on the banks of the Vaal River is a vibrant town that attract many visitors who come to enjoy the adventures associated with water sports, etc. river rafting. Bethlehem that is situated on the Liebenbergs River, is the gateway to the Eastern Highlands of the Free State and a popular tourist destination.
Local Advertiser is a part of the Caxton group, publishing newspapers in all of the country’s provinces. A major participant in the print media industry in South Africa, we continually push the boundaries by reviewing the position of our publications to ensure that it is strategically placed, serving the community and advertisers alike.
Local Advertiser publish newspapers in all the major areas of the Free State and advertisers are welcome to advertise in our local community newspapers to reach their target markets in these vibrant economic areas, etc. “Sasolburg Ster” in Sasolburg, “Parys Gazette” in Parys “Heilbron Herald” in Heilbron, the “Bloemfontein Courant” in Bloemfontein, or any of our other newspapers distributed in this region.
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