The town was established in 1864 on the farm Klipfontein, on the banks of the Vaal River. A certain John Barclay was so impressed by the flowers in the gardens of the settlement that he named the town Bloemhof (“Flower Court”). The town has a colourful history that included a brief diamond rush before maize […]


In 1870, the discovery of diamonds on the banks of the Vaal River prompted the Transvaal Government to allocate claims in the area. A town soon developed and it was named after the only daughter of President Andries Pretorius. From a small digging community, Christiana has developed into one of the main towns in the […]


A town, later to be called Fochville, was proclaimed in 1920 on the Kraalkop and Leeuwspruit farms. The Wulfsohn brothers established the town during the First World War and named it after Marshal Ferdinand Foch, commander-in­chief of the Allied forces in France. Visitors are often struck by the fascinating architecture and the history and tradition […]

Klerksdorp (including Hartbeesfontein)

The Voortrekkers (Cape Dutch Pioneers) founded the town in 1837 and it quickly expanded because of the rich gold seam in the area. The first magistrate of the community, Jacob de Clerq, gave his name to the town after twelve Voortrekker families settled in the area. After the discovery of gold in 1886, thousands of […]


The town owes its name to the Leeudoring (“lion thorn”) bush that was once characteristic of the farm Rietkuil, upon which the village was laid out. With the passing of time hunters gradually reduced the numbers of game in the area and unfortunately the natural vegetation, including the “lion thorn” also gradually disappeared. Fauna And […]


The name of the town is a corruption of the San word for the aromatic herb, wild spearmint. This herb grows along the banks of the nearby stream and was believed to have great healing properties. History And Architecture Town Hall: The term “Transvaal bushveld” can be used to describe the architectural style of the […]


This mining town was established in 1940 on Simon Fraser’s farm, Witkoppen. Fraser originally came from the Orkney Islands, off the coast of Scotland. After gold was discovered on the farm and a town came to life, he named his new home after his old. The emblem of the town is the sea lion. “Orkn” […]


The fertile land and pleasant climate of this area on the banks of the Mooi River (Fair River) convinced the Voortrekker leader Andries Potgieter and his followers to settle here in 1838. It is the oldest Voortrekker town of the old Transvaal province and for 17 years it was the capital of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek. […]


Stilfontein, 130 km from Johannesburg and 180 km from Mafikeng, was established in 1949and forms part of the greater KOSH area (Klerksdorp, Orkney, Stilfontein, Hartebeesfontein). Jack Scott first discovered the massive gold reef outcrop in the area and the steadily producing gold mines that still exist today are a testament to his perseverance and hard […]


Ventersdorp started out in 1866 as a Dutch Reformed Community on the farm Roodepoort and was named after the farm’s owner, Johannes Venter. The town is not far from the Gauteng cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. This fact as well as the town’s location in the fertile Vaal River Valley, has ensured steady economic growth […]