List of municipalities in the Free State

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The Free State province of South Africa is divided, for local government purposes, into one metropolitan municipality (Mangaung) and four district municipalities. The district municipalities are in turn divided into eighteen local municipalities.

In South Africa, a metropolitan municipality or Category A municipality is a municipality which executes all the functions of local government for a city or conurbation. This is by contrast to areas which are primarily rural, where the local government is divided into district municipalities and local municipalities.

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality Metropolitan municipality in Free State, South Africa

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is a metropolitan municipality which governs Bloemfontein and surrounding towns in the Free State province of South Africa. Mangaung is a Sesotho name meaning "place of Cheetahs". Legend has it that when the first settlers arrived, they were stunned by the vast plains that were roamed freely by cheetahs.

In South Africa, a local municipality or Category B municipality is a type of municipality that serves as the third, and most local, tier of local government. Each district municipality is divided into a number of local municipalities, and responsibility for municipal affairs is divided between the district and local municipalities. There are 226 local municipalities in South Africa.


In the following map, the district and metropolitan municipalities are labelled in capital letters and shaded in various different colours.

Map of the Free State with municipalities named and districts shaded (2016).svg

District and metropolitan municipalities

(km²) [1]
(2016) [2]
Pop. density
(per km²)
Fezile Dabi District Municipality DC20 Sasolburg 20,668494,77723.9
Lejweleputswa District Municipality DC18 Welkom 32,287646,92020.0
Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality MAN Bloemfontein 9,886787,80379.7
Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality DC19 Phuthaditjhaba 32,734779,33023.8
Xhariep District Municipality DC16 Trompsburg 34,250125,8843.7

Local and metropolitan municipalities

(km²) [1]
(2016) [2]
Pop. density
(per km²)
Dihlabeng Local Municipality FS192Thabo Mofutsanyana Bethlehem 4,868140,04428.8
Kopanong Local Municipality FS162Xhariep Trompsburg 15,64549,9993.2
Letsemeng Local Municipality FS161Xhariep Koffiefontein 9,82840,0444.1
Mafube Local Municipality FS205Fezile Dabi Frankfort 3,97157,57414.5
Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality FS194Thabo Mofutsanyana Phuthaditjhaba 4,338353,45281.5
Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality MAN Bloemfontein 9,886787,80379.7
Mantsopa Local Municipality FS196Thabo Mofutsanyana Ladybrand 4,29153,52512.5
Masilonyana Local Municipality FS181Lejweleputswa Theunissen 6,61862,7709.5
Matjhabeng Local Municipality FS184Lejweleputswa Welkom 5,690429,11375.4
Metsimaholo Local Municipality FS204Fezile Dabi Sasolburg 1,717163,56495.3
Mohokare Local Municipality FS163Xhariep Zastron 8,77635,8404.1
Moqhaka Local Municipality FS201Fezile Dabi Kroonstad 7,925154,73219.5
Nala Local Municipality FS185Lejweleputswa Bothaville 4,12978,51519.0
Ngwathe Local Municipality FS203Fezile Dabi Parys 7,055118,90716.9
Nketoana Local Municipality FS193Thabo Mofutsanyana Reitz 5,61164,89311.6
Phumelela Local Municipality FS195Thabo Mofutsanyana Vrede 8,19650,0546.1
Setsoto Local Municipality FS191Thabo Mofutsanyana Ficksburg 5,431117,36221.6
Tokologo Local Municipality FS182Lejweleputswa Boshof 9,32629,1493.1
Tswelopele Local Municipality FS183Lejweleputswa Bultfontein 6,52447,3737.3

Former municipalities

These municipalities have been dissolved since the current system of local government was established in 2000.

Motheo District Municipality DC1718 May 2011Part became Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, other parts annexed by Xhariep and Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipalities
Naledi Local Municipality FS1643 August 2016Annexed by Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

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  1. 1 2 "2016 Boundaries". Municipal Demarcation Board (Shapefile). 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Community Survey 2016". Statistics South Africa (Data file). 2016.