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Quick Fact
  • 1,195

  • 435

  • 8,5%

  • 74%

  • 92%

  • 94,2%

Smithfield was established in 1849 on the farm Rietpoort, making it the third oldest town in the Free State. It was named after Sir Harry Smith (1787-1860), Governor of the Cape Colony from 1847 to 1852. The town was the scene of action during the Free State-Basotho Wars, and the cannon named Ou Grietjie, which was used during the conflict, is mounted in front of the magistrate's office. (GPS coordinates: 30.1998 S, 26.5248 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population1,195
Young (0-14)29,9%
Working Age (15-64)63,7%
Elderly (65+)6,4%
Dependency ratio57
Sex ratio90,9
Population density35 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+12,4%
Higher education aged 20+8,5%
Matric aged 20+30,1%
Number of households435
Average household size2,7
Female headed households42,2%
Formal dwellings86,9%
Housing owned/paying off59,4%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage94,2%
Weekly refuse removal93,3%
Piped water inside dwelling74%
Electricity for lighting92%

Place names

Mohokare Municipality