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WHY INVEST IN KLERKSDORP?

1. Klerksdorp is only 160km South-West of Johannesburg – in fact many of its residents work in Johannesburg and prefer to commute daily.
2. It is the oldest town / city in the Transvaal and boasts the oldest street. The city is steeped in history and has numerous museums and heritage sites.
3. The PC Pelser airport is located in Klerksdorp.
4. It is joint-first as the fastest growing city in the country (with Witbank).
5. Klerksdorp is at the heart of the famed “Treasure Route” (the N12) and links Johannesburg to Cape Town via Kimberley.

 

6. Unemployment and crime levels are considerably lower than the larger cities.
7. Klerksdorp boasts state-of-the-art Hospital facilities.
8. The Tusk Rio Casino lures people from far and wide.
9. Property prices are still reasonable by comparison to other large cities in South Africa.

10. Klerksdorp has a range of top Schools (both Private and Government) as well as Special Needs Schools.
11. Sporting activities are well represented throughout the region.
12. The Klerksdorp Dam and Vaal River provide the perfect platform for water enthusiasts.
13. Large shopping malls and hypermarkets boast all the major chain stores.
14. Skate parks, cinemas and games arcades provide hours of fun and entertainment for the younger citizens.
15. Top class restaurants are easy to find.
16. The Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve provides a true bushveld experience only a few minutes drive from the city.
17. Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, as was Elma Postma of 7de Laan fame!
18. Traffic jams…. What are those?
19. HART Properties – the Leaders in Residential and Investment Properties – is in Klerksdorp!! info@hartproperties.co.za

KLERKSDORP – THE CITY OF PEOPLE!

History of Klerksdorp

Klerksdorp originated in the late 1830s when the first Voortrekkers settled on the banks of the Schoonspruit (“ clear stream”) which flows through the town. Prominent among the first settlers was C M du Plooy who appropriated a farm of some 16 000 ha and called it Elandsheuwel( “ hill of the eland “). Other trekkers joined him there and, in exchange for help with the construction of a dam and irrigation canal were granted portions of the farm as well as communal grazing rights on the rest of the land. This collection of smallholdings was later given the name of Klerksdorp in honor of the first landdrost ( magistrate ) of the area, Jacob de Clerq.

The tranquility of this rural paradise was shattered in August 1886 when A P Roos discovered gold on the farm Rietkuil ( “ pool of reeds “ ) and on the village ‘s commonage. In the same year, what turned out to be the world’s richest gold reef was discovered on the Witwatersrand about 160 km to the east. The world was in the grip of gold fever and the inevitable rush hit Klerksdorp as well. The 4 000 would be diggers who descended on the village were asked to draw lots for mining rights on public land.

A shanty town sprang up virtually overnight on the other bank of Schoonspruit and within three years of the first discovery the “ new town” boasted about 70 taverns and a stock exchange of its own. Before the latter building was put up , “high change” was called at the Exchange Hotel. The diggers of Klerksdorp soon made the same sad discovery as those on the Witwatersrand : the gold was there but it demanded expensive and sophisticated equipment to recover. One by one the Klerksdorp mining companies folded and the diggers moved to tile Witwatersrandsand elsewhere.

The railway from Krugersdorp reached Klerksdorp on 3 August 1897 and that from Kimberley in 1906. Today Klerksdorp is the hub of the gold and uranium mining industry of the Far West Rand.

The 3 500 km˛ district is also known for its fine herds of Sussex cattle, the town being the headquarters of the South African Sussex Cattle Breeders Association.

The most important crops are maize, sorghum, groundnuts and sunflower seed. Klerksdorp boasts the largest maize silo in the country as well as the largest agricultural co-operative in the southern hemisphere, Senwes Cooperative

ORKNEY

This mining town on the Vaal River, immortalized in the Afrikaans television comedy series Orkney Snork Nie, was proclaimed on 20 March 1940 but its history goes back to the gold rush days of the 19th century.

One of the pioneer diggers drawn to the Western Transvaal by the gold discoveries of the late 1880s was Simon Fraser, whose claim was on the farm Witkoppies (white hills ).

Fraser hailed from the Orkney Island off the north coast of Scotland and called his mine Orkney. Hence the name of the town.

STILFONTEIN

Like Orkney, Stilfontein has a Scottish connection in its origins. Charles Scott who hailed from Strathmore country in Scotland, acquired a farm in these parts and called it Strathvaal. In 1888 he discovered the outcrop of a gold reef on this farm and named it Strathmore Reef. Upon Charles’s death, his son Jack continued the search and acquired an option on the farm Stilfontein (“ quiet spring”) nearby.

Subsequent drilling operations confirmed the presence of the reef which gave very good assay results.

In 1949 Stilfontein Gold Mining Company was registered and a town laid out. Production started in 1952. Today the town is home to men and women employed on four important mines in the area –Stilfontein, Hartebeesfontein, Zandpan and Buffelsfontein.

Because it is relatively young, the town ‘s layout is based on modern town-planning methods concepts and incorporates several parks, gardens and fountains. The four mines jointly developed the Strathvaal Recreation Club.

The Khuma suburb has its origin as the farm “Wildebeespan”. With the foundation/ erection of Scott Shaft, would-be employees rushed from all over the country to the Khuma suburb. Education of the children took place on an informal basis. The first school in the Khuma suburb was known as “Wildebeespan Bantoeskool” . The school was housed in better buildings and was from then on known as Tukisang Primary School. The name Khuma means “riches”.

HARTEBEESFONTEIN

There are two stories, both related to the early Voortrekkers, to account for the origins of this town 30 km north-west of Klerksdorp – Ottosdal branch railway line. According to one story, two men by the name of De Clerq went hunting, wounded a Hartebees and found it dead at a spring which they then named Hartebeesfontein.

The second story goes that when in 1837 Voortrekker leader Hendrik Potgieter led a punitive expedition against Mzilikazi’s impis, some of his men were left behind in a laager near here. Bored, one of the men went hunting. He wounded a Hartebeest gave chase and came upon a bubbling spring. After the campaign had ended he returned to the area where he acquired a farm which he named Hartebeesfontein.

In the Anglo-Boer War Hartebeesfontein was the scene of a battle between a Boer commando and Lord Methuen’s forces on 18 February 1901. Prior to this and later the farm changed hands several times. Eventually owner H F Moller subdivided the land for a village which was proclaimed a town.

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HERITAGE SITES WORTH A VISIT

Goudkoppie Heritage Site 018 – 464 2229
Klerksdorp Museum 018 – 462 3546
Fountain Villa Guest Lodge 018 – 464 1394
Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve 018 – 464 2229
Margaret Mine Shaft for Mining Tourism 018 – 484 5911
Boshworth Farm for Rock Paintings 018 – 464 2229

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

General Hospital 018 – 406 4600
Wilmed Hospital 018 – 468 7700
Anncron Hospital 018 – 468 1031
Police 10111
Fire Brigade 018 – 464 8020
Fire Brigade 018 – 462 2835 (After hours)
Ambulance 10177
Estate Agent (HART!) 018 – 464 1191

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EVENTS

April - Formula 1 Power Boating
May - Klerksdorp Air Show
June - Mampoer Festival
September - Street Festival
October - Stilfontein Rose Festival
November - Flamwood Night Walk
December - Have a “Hart” Christmas Challenge
(Call Steve to find out more about this Community Project – 082 518 4264)

Watch this space for upcoming events! We will keep you posted.

For more information on “what’s happening” in Klerksdorp, please call the Tourism Information Centre: 018 – 464 2229

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