Welcome to Witbank also known as eMalahleni, 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.
Economic challenges affecting the coal and steel industries in Mpumalanga - are also affecting the Witbank residential property market, and home sellers should be really careful now to set realistic asking prices.
The new Kusile power plant construction site has sustained the demand for sectional title accommodation in Witbank, especially at the affordable end of the market.
Witbank also has its fair share of ultra-luxury homes in the Bankenveld Golf Estate.
Witbank has 33 active suburbs.
Between 2014-10-01 to 2015-09-30:
Compared to the previous year(2013-10-01 to 2014-09-30):
Full Title and Sectional Title sales in Witbank had a combined value of R 1,887,200,626 with a median price of R 670,000 compared to R 1,815,281,382 with the median price of R560,000 for the prior period.
Full Title sales in Witbank had a total value of R 1,591,685,976 with a median price of R 705,000 compared to R 1,596,609,830 with the median price of R500,000 for the prior period.
Sectional Title sales in Witbank had a total value of R 295,514,650 with the median price of R 587,500 compared to R 218,671,552 with the median price of R595,000 for the prior period.
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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.
Some activities in Witbank include: