Witbank is situated in the Heartland of Mpumalanga. The name Witbank is Afrikaans for ‘White Ridge’ and named after a rocky outcrop of white sandstone where wagon transport drivers rested many years ago. Early travellers discovered coal in this area. Of course, once the coal was discovered, numerous farmers arrived with their wagons to cart away the coal. Once Paul Kruger’s railway line reached this area in 1894, it solved all transport problems and the first coal mines started to operate.
Emalaheni (Witbank) is in the coal mining area with 22 collieries in an area no more than 40 km in any direction. There are a number of power stations (such as the Duvha Power Station), as well as a steel mill, Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation, nearby which all require coal. In 2006 Witbank was officially renamed EMALAHLENI – meaning “place of coal”
Witbank boasts plenty of recreation to suit all preferences. The area is bustling with fantastic coffee shops, the new Highveld Mall as well as Ridge Casino. Witbank offers some of the best weather conditions in the country for the popular recreation of Skydiving. Witbank is also well situated with the N4 (from Pretoria) and N12 (from Johannesburg) meeting in Witbank.
Witbank is home to the well known Witbank Dam. This dam is known as the largest municipal dam in the southern hemisphere and boasts a catchment area of more than 3 540 square kilometres! Of course, this magnificent dam is ideal for numerous exciting water sports such as skiing, windsurfing and fishing. Relax and watch the vibrant bird life in the area or enjoy a hike on one of the many beautiful hiking trails.
Set on the banks of the Witbank dam is the secure estate known as Bankenveld Estate. Bankenveld Estate reflects a lifestyle of security and safety, waterscape vistas, water recreation, living within a private game reserve (stocked with various species of game), exclusivity and serenity. The estate boasts with it’s own golf course, equestrian centre as well as Curro Private school opening in 2011.
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