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Witbank can roughly be translated into Afrikaans meaning “white ridge”. This refers to the sandstones that were used by travelers to take a rest in their journey.


Emalahleni was established in the 1890’s when there were about 20 mines and soon it became the city that it is today.

The rapid growth of the city was thanks to investors that wanted their share of the coal mines. It was called a town in 1903 and became a municipality in 1914.



On march 3rd 2006, Witbank changed their name translating to “Place of coal” and can be seen as a reference to the area’s heritage.

Although the government changed the name, many locals still use the original name of Witbank.



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