Witbank is known as the largest coal producing town in Africa and almost 75 000 million tons of coal are mined annually here. The town boasts some 22 mines in the region, as well as several power stations in close proximity.
Witbank, Mpumalanga, South Africa
The town was found in 1903 and named after a large outcrop of white stones where transport drivers used to outspan their wheels. Witbank has historic connections with the young Winston Churchill who, during the Anglo Boer War in 1899, having escaped from a prison in Pretoria, was hidden in a mine shaft before making his way to Laurenco Marques. Witbank may only be known for its coal but it actually has quite a number of recreational facilities available. Visitors can enjoy fishing, boating or the theatre at this town. Witbank is also the gateway to Mpumalanga and is situated approximately 100km east of Johannesburg and Pretoria.