QwaQwa was a bantustan ("homeland") in the central eastern part of South Africa. It encompassed a very small region of 655 square kilometres (253 sq mi) in the east of the former South African province of Orange Free State, bordering Lesotho. Its capital was Phuthaditjhaba. It was the designated homeland of more than 180,000 Sesotho-speaking Basotho people.

The frequent snow on the Drakensberg mountain peaks led the San to call the region "Qwa-Qwa" (whiter than white). In Afrikaans it was known as "Witsieshoek", after Oetse (also Witsie and Wetsi), a Makholoko chief who lived there from 1839 to 1856.[Wikipedia]

The area is beautifully located with the Golden Gate Highlands National Park boasting a variety of wildlife and scenery

Areas: QwaQwa - Phuthaditjhaba - Golden Gate - Clarens - Harrismith - Kestel - Paul Roux - Senekal - Fixsburg - Fouriesburg - Bethlehem - Warden - Van Reenen - Kestel


Population : 16 236(2011)


Languages: Sotho - Afrikaans - Zulu - English



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