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.
Witbank has 33 active suburbs.
Between 2014-07-01 to 2015-06-30:
Compared to the previous year(2013-07-01 to 2014-06-30):
Full Title and Sectional Title sales in Witbank had a combined value of R 1,772,364,681 with a median price of R 675,000 compared to R 1,812,679,263 with the median price of R555,000 for the prior period.
Full Title sales in Witbank had a total value of R 1,427,602,981 with a median price of R 690,000 compared to R 1,651,373,094 with the median price of R506,810 for the prior period.
Sectional Title sales in Witbank had a total value of R 344,761,700 with the median price of R 610,000 compared to R 161,306,169 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.