The Free State Province is a province of wide horizons, blue skies and diverse cultures. Many of the towns display a mix of culture clearly evident in street names, public and other buildings as well as monuments.
The Free State is hot in summer, when most of the rain falls (between 600mm and 750 mm in the east to less than 300 mm in the south and west), but it can be very cold in winter, with heavy frost over most of the province. Snow is often recorded on the eastern mountains and occasionally over the rest of the province. Average winter temperature hover around 7 degrees and average summer temperature is 25 degrees.
Regional centres offer well-developed infrastructure, reliable low-cost telecommunications, easy access to raw materials, an adequate skilled and semi-skilled workforce and a superb lifestyle.
Residential property is readily available and open to purchase by any persons looking to settle in the Free State. The towns and cities all feature a variety of good quality housing - at prices that are competitive compared to national and international prices
The province has 40 public hospitals and 447 public clinics located throughout the province. There are, in addition, 9 private clinics and 12 private hospitals.
The province has two major universities in Bloemfontein (University of the Free State and the Central University of Technology). The University of the Free State (UFS) has two satellite campuses, one located in Thabo Mofutsanyane and the other in Welkom, Lejweleputswa. Students in the province are also able to study through the University of South Africa (UNISA), a distance learning institution. Public and private schools are located throughout the province.
Cultural and Recreational Facilities
The Free State Province offers residents a host of historical, cultural and scenic splendours. (please refer to www.explorefreestate.co.za). Nearly all major national retailers are present in the large shopping malls. The province also boasts a myriad of golf courses in all the major centres. All other types of sporting facilities are also available. Bloemfontein has two major sports stadiums and was one of the host cities for the World Confederations Cup in 2009 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
There are four major banks in South Africa as well as some smaller ones. All the major banks are located in the province (ABSA Bank, Standard Bank, Nedbank and First National Bank).
The main languages spoken in the Free State province are Sesotho, Tswana, Afrikaans and English. Sesotho is the mother tongue for 64% of all Africans, while English and Afrikaans are the predominant language amongst the Whites and Coloureds.
There is no prescribed religion and freedom of religion is guaranteed under the Constitution. All the major faiths are represented in the Free State.