Mangaung’s open spaces reflect the openness of its people – friendly, warm, and inviting. Her rural tranquillity and vibrant city life embrace each other. Its central location has established our Metro as a preferred conference, sports, and cultural events destination with modern, excellent, and well-equipped facilities. Our Metro ranks among the safest cities in South Africa with the highest quality of life and has everything a metropolis can offer, including the personal service, hospitality, and warmth often lacking in larger centres. Added to the centrality of our geographic location, Mangaung represents the heart of the country’s judicial, cultural, sport, and political affairs. Tertiary institutions, medical institutions as well as business and government offices add to the prestige of our Metro.

We pride ourselves with being a city in the epicentre of the country, with an energetic and passionate local community, rich political history, untapped economic opportunities to inspire growth, and the pulse of South Africa. Our economic development strategy envisages that Mangaung will become “a powerful regional economic centre; a world-class African city that is built on the foundation of a dynamic, inclusive, vibrant, sustainable and an investor friendly economy. Employment creation; economic diversification; creation of an environment conducive for economic growth; have been identified as the main thrusts towards achieving the vision of a strong, modern city economy.


Mangaung Metro is located in the Free State Province, in the centre of South Africa. The Free State is bordered by six provinces, namely Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and North West provinces, as well as the neighbouring country of Lesotho. The municipality was formed at the end of 2000 by amalgamating the Transitional Local Councils of Bloemfontein, Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu and two Rural Councils. The municipality is working towards integrating the city and ensure that previously disadvantaged communities are spatially linked to the rest of the city. Being the sixth largest city in the country, the Mangaung area covers more than 6 263km2 and hosts a population of about 850 000 people. Read more...


The city of Mangaung is a hidden tourism jewel, which is perfectly located in the centre of the country. Besides being the only city in the world with a game reserve, Naval Hill Game Reserve, located in the inner city of the centre, Mangaung is endowed with a rich political history and offers visitors beautiful rose gardens, restaurants, clubs, botanical gardens, suburban parks, historical museums, buildings and a zoo.


Sporting Mecca

Our Metro is South Africa’s sporting mecca, which has produced top sport stars in various sporting codes and has successfully hosted rugby, soccer and cricket world cup games at its world class stadiums. The city has upgraded the Mangaung Athletic Stadium which has an IAAF Class 1 Athletic Facility certificate, and also boasts the IAAF accredited scientific laboratory, the only one of its kind in SA.

Investment Opportunities

Mangaung has become the best city to do business and a premier investment destination. The Metro’s massive investment in rejuvenating the city’s infrastructure is attracting both local and foreign direct investment. The city has also developed attractive tailor-made business incentive packages. We invite you to do business at the heart of South Africa.


Pay your Services

Mangaung relies on the revenue collected from residents to provide services to accelerate the betterment of their life. For these to be realized, residents are expected to contribute to the creation of a financially viable city through payment of services. To enable the Metro to discharge its service delivery mandate, residents are encouraged to pay their water and electricity accounts.


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