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Krugersdorp is a large city located in the Gauteng province of South Africa.
In addition to being a major population center, the city is also known as a key mining town within South Africa at large, and is therefore of significant importance for the country’s economy and infrastructure. The city is named after the former president of the Transvaal, Paul Kruger. Although once an individual municipality of its own, Krugersdorp now forms a part of the Mogale City Local Municipality, and serves as the seat of government for Mogale City.
The history of Krugersdorp can be traced back to the late nineteenth century. The location on which Krugersdorp would be founded was the site of a mass gathering of over six thousand men in the year 1880, who vowed to fight for the independence of the newly formed Transvaal republic. Several key conflicts of the Transvaal war would take place in the Krugersdorp area over the following years. In 1887, a farmer by the name of Marthinus Pretorius discovered gold on his farm, known as Paardekraal. This gold proved to be part of the large Witwatersrand reef, and the gold rush that ensued lead to the founding of Krugersdorp in that same year.
Even before the town’s official foundation, the presence of gold in the area had drawn thousands of prospectors and their families to the area. By 1888, Krugersdorp had been declared a separate gold field. Mining operations were somewhat hampered by the onset of the Anglo-Boer war, during which time a concentration camp was built by the British near what is now Centenary Dam. The ‘D’ shaft of the Luipardsvlei Estate Gold Mining Company, which overlooked this site, was shut down in 1929, but has recently been brought back into production. Today, Krugersdorp remains a focal point of the South African mining industry, with gold, manganese, iron, asbestos, and lime still being mined in the area.
Krugersdorp is located on Gauteng’s West Rand, towards the western area of the province. The city is approximately forty kilometers from the major city of Johannesburg, and around seventy kilometers from neighbouring Pretoria. The N1 freeway, one of South Africa’s major thoroughfares, is the main artery connection Krugersdorp to the rest of the country’s road network.
Krugersdorp is home to a number of landmarks of both modern and historical importance, as well as some natural features worthy of mention. The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens offer a look at the local flora, while the Krugersdorp Game Reserve houses a healthy variety of the local wildlife. Also near Krugersdorp is the Cradle of Humankind, a world heritage site and active archeological which includes the Sterkfontein Caves and Wonder Cave. Many specimens of early human remains have been found at this site.
Krugersdorp is home to approximately 140,643 people, at a density of around 570 per square kilometer.
The majority of the population is White, with Afrikaans being the most commonly spoken first language in the region.