Welcome to Witbank, South Africa's leading coal mining district in the province of Mpumalanga. This heavy industrial town was founded around 1890 and because of the sandstone that is commonly found in area where travellers and wagon drivers used to sit on for some rest during their journey, the town was named Witbank, a combination of two Afrikaans words meaning white ridge.
Soon after its origin, signs of Black Gold - coal - were discovered in the area. This discovery resulted in a coal rush, with mines popping up all over the terrain. Then in 1903, as the population increased, Witbank was proclaimed a town. In 1926, Eskom built Doornpoort, a dam that became the first power station in the area. With an abundance of power and water supply in Witbank, companies began migrating to the town and in their pursuit, an exodus of jobseekers, resulting in an unavoidable population growth of about 9,500.
In 2001, a population count of Witbank as per GeoNames’ database’ figures was standing at 60 000 and in 2006, this figure jumped to a staggering 262 491, making Witbank one of the fast growing industrial towns in South Africa.
There are a total number of 33 suburbs in Witbank (Property for sale in Witbank). In the past 12 months (2013-08-01 to 2014-07-31) there were 2,370 property sales with an average registration period of 135 days. Total count of Full Title sales were 2,100 and 270 for Sectional Title properties. (Houses for sale in Witbank)
The sales in the prior year (2012-08-01 to 2013-07-31) was 1,982 property sales with an average registration period of 139 days. Total count of Full Title sales were 1,805 and 177 for Sectional Title properties.
The total Real Estate Sales value for Full Title and Sectional Title sales in Witbank were R 1,898,464,909 with the median price of R 580,000 compared to R 1,351,287,673 with the median price of R 620,000 for the prior period.
The total Real Estate Sales value for Full Title sales in Witbank were R 1,697,359,345 with the median price of R 561,000 compared to R 1,204,530,176 with the median price of R 620,000 for the prior period.
The total Real Estate Sales value for Sectional Title sales in Witbank were R 201,105,564 with the median price of R 595,000 compared to R 146,757,497 with the median price of R 610,000 for the prior period. (Witbank Property and Houses for sale)
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Today, Witbank is a hub of well established businesses, coal mines, and leisure activities making this city an ideal residential and tourism area. Witbank Dam, the oldest dam in the southern hemisphere, offers the residents and tourists of Witbank amazing water sports and other fun activities such as wind surfing, water skiing, boating, fishing, parasailing, skydiving and so forth.
An average summer temperature in Witbank is 25.8°C and 17.2°C for winter.