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  • Gauteng

    Krugersdorp

    Founded in 1887 by Marthinus Pretorius and named in honor of prominent South African statesman, Paul Kruger, the city of Krugersdorp is situated in the West Rand of South Africa's Gauteng Province. Primarily a mining town, with large reserves of gold, iron, manganese, asbestos and lime, Krugersdorp forms part of the Mogale City Municipality.

  • Gauteng

    Benoni

    While owing its establishment and subsequent growth to the gold mining industry, the lovely town of Benoni with its tree-lined streets and wide open parks has a strong suburban character which makes it a much-sought after place to live. With easy access to world-class shopping malls and located about ten minutes away from Johannesburg’s

  • Gauteng

    Boksburg

    As is the case with many towns on the Witwatersrand of the Gauteng Province of South Africa, Boksburg owes its existence to the discovery of gold in 1887. Boksburg, named after a prominent official of the South African Republic Eduard Bok, proved to have a very rich gold reserve and soon developed into a thriving gold mining town linked to other major gold mining towns by means of Main Reef ...

  • Mpumalanga

    Sabie

    Surrounded by one of the world's largest man-made forests and set on the banks of the Sabie River in a deep valley of the Drakensberg escarpment, the charming town of Sabie in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa is a popular tourist destination. Sabie is renowned for its awe-inspiring scenery and magnificent waterfalls with interesting, and descriptive names, such as the Bridal Veil ...

  • Mpumalanga

    Bethal

    The land on which Bethal was established in 1880 belonged to two farmers. A name for the newly established town was derived from the names of the wives of the farmers, namely Elizabeth and Alida. It is a town that was developed on the back of agriculture and when driving through the surrounding farmlands of this quaint Mpumalanga town, cattle dot the horizon and bright yellow blankets of ...

  • Mpumalanga

    Badplaas

    Situated in the wide open spaces of the grasslands region of the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, the little town of Badplaas is most likely best known for its hot springs which bubble up from underground at the foot of a range of hills known as Ndlumudlumu, meaning "Place of Much Thunder" in Swazi.

  • Mpumalanga

    Graskop

    As with many little towns in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, Graskop owes its existence to the gold mining boom of the 1880s, although there is a record of Voortrekkers having been in the area as far back as 1843. Graskop is located at an altitude of 1,400 meters and has a temperate climate with a high rainfall which supports lush vegetation and the thriving timber plantations ...

  • Free State

    Welkom

    In 1946, the Free State Province was rocked by the news that gold had been found on a farm, approximately a hundred and sixty kilometers from Bloemfontein. It did not take long for the mining industry to sprout roots here, and not long after, in 1947, the city of Welkom was established. Over the years the city has grown dramatically and remains a vital producer of uranium, mineral ore and gold.

  • Phalaborwa

    Mining

    The Palabora Mining Company is located in the town of Phalaborwa, and was incorporated in August 1956. Being the only producer of refined copper in South Africa, the company’s copper ore-body started in 1956, and the open pit copper mine and associated plants commenced during the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. The Palabora Mining Company’s processing plants produced over 2.7 ...

  • Barberton

    Museum

    The town of Barberton was established in 1884 during the gold rush when Fred and Henry Barber, along with their cousin Graham, discovered gold in this area. Not having any champagne on hand, David Wilson, the Gold Commissioner, named and christened Barberton with a bottle of gin. Barberton’s flourishing life was short lived, as gold prospectors flooded the little town, and ...