Free State

Basic Indicators

Capital: 
Bloemfontein
Population (2007): 
2 899 172Inhabitants
Official Languages: 
Sesotho: 64.4%
Afrikaans: 11.9%
IsiXhosa: 9.1%
Area Total: 
129 480.00 km²
Percentage of total South African area: 
10.6
Gross Domestic Product per Region (GDPR) in 2004: 
R7 8827 million
Percentage of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2004: 
5.5
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Economy in the province

Since 1989, the Free State economy has changed from being dependent on the primary sector to being a manufacturing, export-orientated economy. The Free State GDPR amounted to about R75 827 million in 2004, representing a 5,5% contribution to the South African economy.  Some 14% of the province's manufacturing is classified as being in high-technology industries, which is the highest percentage of all the provincial economies.  An important manufacturing industry in the province can be found in the northern Free State, which is one of the most important chemical hubs in the southern hemisphere. The province has competitive advantages in the production of certain fuels, waxes, chemicals and low cost fuel from coal

Practical Knowledge

Title & Details User Ranking Popularity
Tourism Development in Small Towns - the Case of Parys, Free State
Author(s): Irma Wilkinson
Year: 2008
Format: Case Study
3.086955
Average: 3.1 (23 votes)
3,031
Case Study of the ZR Mahabane Brick Manufacturing Cooperative in Masilonyana, Free State
Author(s): Tiisetso S. Makhele
Year: 2010
Format: Case Study
2.666665
Average: 2.7 (9 votes)
20,743
Case Study of the Maluti Wildlife Kingdom Project in Maluti-A-Phofung, Free State
Author(s): Tiisetso S. Makhele
Year: 2010
Format: Case Study
0
No votes yet
677

Theoretical Knowledge

Title & Details User Ranking Popularity
Maluti-a-Phofung LM: Nodal Economic Profile
Author(s): Department: Provincial and Local Government (DPLG), Business Trust
Format: Overview
0
No votes yet
2,329
Xhariep District Municipality: IDP 2010/2011
Author(s): Xhariep District Municipality
Year: 2010
Format: Policy
1
Average: 1 (4 votes)
1,847
Xhariep District Municipality: IDP 2010/2011
Author(s): Xhariep Distrcit Municipality
Year: 2010
Format: Policy
2
Average: 2 (4 votes)
1,633

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