Municipal Information

Demographic Info:

Population: 160 532

Households : 45 661

Growth pa : -0.45%

Area :7 925 km

The Moqhaka Local Municipality is situated within the southern part of the Fezile Dabi District in the Free State province. The seat of local government is Kroonstad. The community name (Moqhaka) is the Sesotho word for “crown”. The former Kroonstad, Steynsrus and Viljoenskroon Transitional Local Councils and sections of the Riemland, Kroonkop and Koepel Transitional Rural Councils are included in the Moqhaka Local Municipality.

The general tendency of migration from rural to urban areas is also occurring in the area, as is the case in the rest of the Free State province. In comparison to the other municipalities within the Fezile Dabi District, it appears as if Moqhaka is significantly less urbanized. The Greater Kroonstad is the center of a large agriculture community that plays an important role in the economy of the district. Industrial activities subsequently contribute significantly to the district’s economy.

The School of Engineer’s Military bases and the Department of Correctional Services are situated in the town. Kroonstad has recently become a distinguished holiday destination due to the ultra-modern and popular holiday resort of Kroonpark, adjacent to the Vals River. The urban area is situated adjacent to the N1 National Road, and located adjacent to one of the largest and most important four-way railway junctions in South Africa. The Viljoenskroon/Rammolutsi urban area is located within an area of extreme agricultural significance. The urban area plays a significant role in providing residential opportunities to the adjacent goldfields and mining activities in the North West province. The Provincial Roads P15/1 and P15/2 from Kroonstad to Klerksdorp in the North West province extend through the area from north to south. The Steynsrus/Matlwangtlwang urban area is situated approximately 45km east of Kroonstad and 92km west of Bethlehem. The major link road between Bethlehem and Kroonstad stretches adjacent to the urban area. Cities/Towns: Kroonstad, Renovaal, Steynsrus, Vierfontein, Viljoenskroon.

Main Economic Sectors: Agriculture, Commercial Transport, Business Services and Mining


Kroonpark Holiday Resort is situated on the banks of the Vals Rivier in Kroonstad in the Free State Province, between Johannesburg

and Bloemfontein. The resort self-catering accommodation comprises of two bed, four bed, and six bed self-catering chalets, with eight private caravan. Accommodation stands with electricity and 150 normal caravan accommodation stands with electricity with ablution facilities. Kroonpark also has one of the largest indoor heated swimming pools around.