Vrystaat : nie net ANC is daar gebore nie

Beyond the ANC,( who hi-jack everything, from your car to your farm), the Free State has produced many more famous names. Briefly, these include:• Top international cricketers such as Allan Donald, Hansie Cronje, Nicky Boje and Morne van Wyk.• Top international rugby players such as Juan Smith, Os du Rand, Heinrich Brussow, Morne Steyn, Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis and Francois Steyn.• World champions such as Zola Budd (athletics), and Ryk Neethling (swimming).• Accomplished sports stars such as Kate Roberts (international triathlete), Willem Jackson (Bafana Bafana player) and professional cyclists John-Lee Augustyn, Hanco Kachelhoffer and Reinhardt Janse van Rensberg.• World famous writers, including J.R.R. Tolkien, Magna Kruger and Maretha Martens.• Popular international filmmakers Jamie Uys (The God’s Must Be Crazy), Leon Schuster (Schuster did his BA degree at the University of the Free State) and the musicians Steve Hofmeyr and Lucas Maree are all strongly associated with Bloemfontein.• World famous artist (‘the painting priest’) Vader Claerhout immigrated to South Africa from Belgium. Claerhout settled in Thaba Nchu and Tweespruit before retiring in Bloemfontein. Victor Geduld is another well known contemporary artist from Heidedal.• Sir George Grey started one of South Africa’s oldest and most famous schools, Grey College, in Bloemfontein in 1855.• MT Steyn, Jan Brand and Christiaan de Wet were some of the Free State’s most popular leaders.

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