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Mangaung, metropolitan municipality (2011 pop. 747,431), Free State prov., central South Africa. Bloemfontein is the municipal seat; other communities include Mangaung and Botshabelo. Originally a local municipality, Mangaung became a metropolitan municipality in 2011. It is a transportation hub and industrial center. Bloemfontein also is the judicial capital of South Africa and the capital of the Free State.

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