Welkom, Free State

Welkom is South Africa's youngest Town and has been the centre of the Gold Fields, since 1947. The Town sprung up after gold was discovered on a Farm, called St Helena.  
Welkom has grown perhaps with a faster rate as Johannesburg, yet is proud of the fact that its traffic system of traffic circles were so well designed that they still have only a few traffic lights. It has received the nickname of Circle City.  It is in the Free State the second largest Town and the core of the relatively recent Geologic windfall of the Free State. The natural gas of the Welkom Goldfield was first discovered in the Virginia Gold Mine in 1947 and the mine has been emitting combustible gas ever since.  An industrial giant, Welkom is one of the few Towns in the World in which Residential, Mining and Industrial Areas, blend harmoniously has good shopping Malls and Restaurants, an Airport and a thriving Theatre.
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Last updated : 13-Mar-2019

This article was produced by South African History Online on 13-Mar-2019

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