This Day In History


First mines are proclaimed in Johannesburg

Monday, 20 September 1886
Though gold was discovered near Krugersdorp in July 1852 and mining activities started successively in various places on the Witwatersrand (meaning Ridge of White Waters), the first gold from the Main Reef on the Witwatersrand was obtained in 1885, after which Johannesburg was laid out in 1886. ..
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