FEZILE DABI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY
Fezile Dabi District Municipality is a Category C municipality established in terms of the Free State Provincial Notice 113 of 28 September 2000. It was formerly known as the Northern Free State District Municipality and consists of four local municipalities: Moqhaka, Metsimaholo, Ngwathe and Mafube.
It is estimated that this area’s population represents approximately 17% of the total population of the Free State. The extent of this district makes up about 27% of the total area of the Free State province. The main attraction site, the Vredefort Dome, being the third-largest meteorite site in the world, is located within the district.
Towns: Cornelia, Deneysville, Edenville, Frankfort, Heilbron, Koppies, Kragbron, Kroonstad, Oranjeville, Parys, Renovaal, Sasolburg, Steynsrus, Tweeling, Vierfontein, Viljoenskroon, Villiers, Vredefort.
Main Economic Sectors: Trade (22%), community services (20%), manufacturing (13%), households (13%), agriculture (12%), finance (7%), construction (6%), transport (5%).
The area South of the Mighty Vaal River, embroidered by natural and man-made bilharzia-free water features surrounding hilly grasslands replete with maize farms and grazing livestock. Here you can challenge the white waters of this major river in a raft or canoe, or sail at a leisurely pace through the fertile, willow tree-lined valley with the Fish Eagle’s cry of Africa ringing in your ears.
This mighty river has been contained in what has come to be known as the Highveld’s inlands sea, the 300 square kilometres Vaal Dam. The dam basin consists of sediments of the Karoo Sequence in the Ecca Group club and is composed of shale, sandstone buildings throughout the District. These buildings tell the tales of elegance and grandeur from days gone by. This beautiful sandstone building can be found at Kroonstad, Frankfort, Heilbron and also history was made that Fezile Dabi’s Grave in Tumahole (Parys) is nominated for declaration as a Grade II site. The battle field at Vegkop (in Heilbron) and various battlefields in the Koppies and Kroonstad regions – where important battles were fought and events during Boer Wars in the District.
There is more on offer to the outdoor enthusiast with day and overnight hiking routes that vary from easy routes to rugged mountain rambles in the Vredefort Dome. Untouched rock art and ruins of settlements of people who lived in the area during the iron age are to be seen on these trails. Rock climbing and abseiling can also be arranged in the lunar landscape of the Vredefort Structure which was created some 2 000 million years ago when an enormously large body of rock struck the earth. The unique geographical features provide tailor made environments and exciting venues for conservancies and game reserves.