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Brakpan is a medium-sized city located in the Gauteng province of South Africa.
In addition to being a prominent population center for the region, the city is also a key location for many sectors of industry and manufacturing, most significant among these being the mining industry. Brakpan produces a substantial proportion of the country’s gold and uranium, as well as a number of other natural resources and raw materials. The city was originally given its name by the British, due to the presence nearby of a non-perennial lake that would dry up periodically to become a brackish pan.
The history of Brakpan dates back to the late nineteenth century. Around this time, a small farm known as Weltevreden was situated in the area, and it was on this farm that the pan filled with brackish water from which the city takes its name was located. The first settlement in the region was situated close to this very pan, and the sleepy little village remained that way until the discovery of a coal seam nearby in 1888. The subsequent development of the mining industry in the area and the related influx of population led to the town of Brakpan being connected to the railway network within a few years.
Around the turn of the twentieth century, gold was discovered all along the Witwatersrand, and the gold rush that ensued brought even more people to the Brakpan area. In 1905, the Brakpan Mines Company sunk its first two mining shafts in the region. One of the town’s claims to fame during this period was that it had the world’s highest mine dump, towering at over 120 meters – as high as some of the pyramids of Egypt.
The rapid growth that the mining industry brought to Brakpan saw it incorporated as a suburb of Benoni, before being granted the status of a municipality in 1912. In 1922, many of Brakpan’s miners were involved in the infamous miners’ strike of that year, which led to clashes with the police force and even the army, resulting in many casualties. Today, with most of the mines having been emptied, the city has lost some of its status as a major industrial location, but continues to keep up a steady rate of production.
Brakpan is located towards the eastern border of the Gauteng province, between the neighbouring towns of Springs and Benoni. It is situated along the Germiston-Springs railway line, and forms a part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.
Brakpan’s landmarks are few and far between. Apart from the many factories mines (both abandoned and operational), and mine dumps to be found in the area, the most prominent landmark is Carnival City, the large casino and entertainment complex that has become the major attraction in the area.
Brakpan is home to around 73,080 people, at a density of approximately 400 per square kilometer.
The majority of the population is White, with Afrikaans being the most commonly spoken first language.