List of Famous People Born in Free State, South Africa

The Free State is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bloemfontein, which is also South Africa's judicial capital. Its historical origins lie in the Boer republic called the Orange Free State and later Orange Free State Province.

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1. J. R. R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien
Male. British philologist and author of classic high fantasy works
First Name: J.
Last Name: Tolkien
Born on January 3, 1892
Died on September 2, 1973 (aged 81)
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2. P. W. Botha

P. W. Botha
Male. South African prime minister
First Name: P.
Last Name: Botha
Died on October 31, 2006 (aged 36)

3. Johannes Radebe

Johannes Radebe
Male. South African dancer
First Name: Johannes
Last Name: Radebe
Born on April 27, 1987 (age 35)
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4. Zola Budd

Zola Budd
Female. South African competitive runner
First Name: Zola
Last Name: Budd
Born on May 26, 1966 (age 56)
Height: 164 cm | 5'5
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5. Jannie du Plessis

Jannie du Plessis
Male. South African rugby union footballer
First Name: Jannie
Born on November 16, 1982 (age 39)
Height: 188 cm | 6'2
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6. Herbert Kretzmer

Herbert Kretzmer
Male. English journalist
First Name: Herbert
Last Name: Kretzmer
Born on October 5, 1925
Died on October 14, 2020 (aged 95)

7. Ben Kruger

Ben Kruger
Male. South African actor
First Name: Ben
Last Name: Kruger
Born on March 25, 1957 (age 65)
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8. François Steyn

François Steyn
Male. South African rugby union footballer
First Name: François
Last Name: Steyn
Born on May 14, 1987 (age 35)
Height: 191 cm | 6'3

9. Lauren Brant

Lauren Brant
Female. Austalian entertainer
First Name: Lauren
Last Name: Brant
Born on February 24, 1989 (age 33)
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10. Jimmy Kruger

Jimmy Kruger
Male. South African politician
First Name: Jimmy
Born on December 20, 1917
Died on May 9, 1987 (aged 69)

11. Jaco Peyper

Jaco Peyper
Male. South African rugby union referee
First Name: Jaco
Last Name: Peyper
Born on June 13, 1980 (age 42)
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12. Ruan Pienaar

Ruan Pienaar
Male. South African rugby union footballer
First Name: Ruan
Last Name: Pienaar
Born on March 10, 1984 (age 38)
Height: 188 cm | 6'2
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13. Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth
Male. South African entrepreneur; second self-funded visitor to the International Space Station
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Shuttleworth
Born on September 18, 1973 (age 49)
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14. Ace Magashule

Ace Magashule
Male. South African politician
First Name: Ace
Last Name: Magashule
Born on January 1, 1959 (age 63)
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15. Karel Schoeman

Karel Schoeman
Male. South African writer
First Name: Karel
Last Name: Schoeman
Born on October 26, 1939
Died on May 1, 2017 (aged 77)

16. Nelie Smith
Cornelius Michael Smith

Nelie Smith
Male. South African rugby union player and coach
First Name: Nelie
Born on May 8, 1934
Died on May 2, 2016 (aged 81)

17. Bismarck du Plessis

Bismarck du Plessis
Male. South African rugby union footballer
First Name: Bismarck
Last Name: Plessis
Born on May 22, 1984 (age 38)
Height: 188 cm | 6'2
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18. Laurens van der Post

Laurens van der Post
Male. South African writer
First Name: Laurens
Last Name: Post
Born on December 13, 1906
Died on December 16, 1996 (aged 90)

19. Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien

Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien
Male. (1894-1976)
First Name: Hilary
Born on February 17, 1894
Died on January 1, 1976 (aged 81)

20. Martinus Theunis Steyn

Martinus Theunis Steyn
Male. 6th President of the Orange Free State and South African judge.
First Name: Martinus
Last Name: Steyn
Born on October 1, 1858
Died on November 28, 1916 (aged 58)
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