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Vrede, Free State
Outside Vrede
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Vrede lies southeast of Johannesburg, in the Free State (formerly the Orange Free State). The name means “peace” in Afrikaans. The town is surrounded by rolling hills covered in a tall, wispy grass known as “Highveld” grass. The area is an agricultural centre with a huge production of maize, wheat, meat, dairy products and wool. Fewer than 2,000 people live in Vrede today.