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Xhariep District (South Africa)

Free State Province

Last modified: 2022-02-12 by bruce berry
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The Xhariep District Municipality is one of the five districts in the Free State province of South Africa.  It is largest district by area in the province, accounting for a third of its geographical area.  It is located in the south of the Free State and includes 21 towns and three local municipalities, namely:
Kopanong, Letsemeng, and Mohokare.  The administrative headquarters are situated in Trompsburg.

The district is named after the Gariep Dam (formerly called the Hendrik Verwoerd Dam), the largest dam in South Africa, which is located on the Orange River which forms the southern boundary of the district.
Bruce Berry, 03 Jan 2022

Xhariep District Municipality flag

The district flag is white with the municipal Arms in colour in the centre. 

image sent by Bruce Berry, 03 Jan 2022

The Arms were granted by the South African Bureau of Heraldry on 10 February 2004 with the following blazon:

Arms: Per fesse Vert and Or, on a fess Azure the lower edge enarched, a representation of the main arterial route bridge over the Gariep Dam Argent, and in base the head of an Orange River lily (Crinum bulbispermum) with three blossums and four buds slipped, proper; on a chief enhanced and fitchy to base, couped and conjoined to the field Argent, a wagon-wheel proper.  The shield is ensigned of a Basutho Hat proper.

Supporters: Two male ostriches proper.

Motto: Unity is Strength.
Olivier Touzeau and Bruce Berry, 03 Jan 2022