The town of Witbank was originally established in 1890 as a trading post. It has since become the coal-mining capital of South Africa – almost half of all South Africa’s coal is mined in this district. From there the town’s motto: “Through coal and industry we flourish”. The town is an industrial giant and the largest steel plant in South Africa is situated just outside the town.
Adventure And Sport
Golf: The town sports an immaculate 18-hole golf course.
Hiking: The two-day Mamotale Hiking Trail will allow you to enjoy the beautiful Highveld scenery of the district.
Parachuting and sky-diving: The Witbank parachuting and sky-diving club offers trips and training.
Water-sport: The two Doringpoort Dams on the Olifants River have excellent recreational and water-sport facilities as does Witbank Dam, one of the largest municipal dams in Africa, and the Witbank Pleasure Resort.
Eskom Village: This cultural village-cum-learning-centre is situated approximately 20 km from Witbank and provides several supervisory courses and cross-cultural education. Traditional huts representing the different cultures of South Africa have been erected on the site and are also used as accommodation facilities.
Witbank Civic Theatre: The theatre has become the main art and culture centre of the region. The modern, fully-equipped theatre seats 502 people and regularly hosts shows representative of all the disciplines of the performing arts.
Entertainment And Shopping
Steam Train Trips: The Witbank Steam Railway offers monthly steam train rides on a private line as a pleasant alternative to exploring the region.
History And Architecture
Anglo-Boer War Graveyard: The Anglo-Boer War Graveyard at Balmoral, about 25 km west of the town, is a stark reminder of the impact that this cruel war had on the area.
Clewer Station: The old station situated to the west of the town was operated by the Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg Maatschappij (NZASM).
Dutch Reformed Church: The historic Dutch Reformed Church is now a national monument.
Sampioenrots: The extraordinary “mushroom” rock formation is situated at Bakoondkrans just north of Witbank.