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About Vereeniging

Vereeniging

 

(Afrikaans pronunciation: [fəˈreə̯nəχəŋ]) is a city in Gauteng province, South Africa, situated where the Klip River empties into the northern loop of the Vaal River.. It is also one of the constituent parts of the Vaal Triangle region and was formerly situated in the Transvaal province. The name Vereeniging is derived from the Dutch word meaning "association" or "union", and in both languages is currently spelled vereniging, with one e.

 

 

 

Vereeniging
Dutch Reformed Church, Vereeniging
Dutch Reformed Church, Vereeniging
Coat of arms of Vereeniging
Coat of arms
Motto: Per Pacem Ad Industriam
("From peace to industry")
Vereeniging is located in South Africa
VereenigingVereeniging
 Vereeniging shown within South Africa

Coordinates: 26°40′25″S 27°55′55″E


 

 

Geographical information

 

Vereeniging is situated in the southern part of Gauteng Province, and its neighbors are Vanderbijlpark (to the west), Three Rivers (east), Meyerton (north) and Sasolburg (south). The city is currently one of the most important industrial manufacturing centres in South Africa, with its chief products being iron, steel, pipes, bricks, tiles and processed lime.

The predominant language in Vereeniging is Afrikaans, followed closely by English and Sesotho..

 

 

 

History

 

The blockhouse in Vereeniging built by the British during the Second Boer War.

 

The city was founded in 1892 and much of its early growth was due to the nearby coal mines.

The city is known for being the location where the Treaty of Vereenigingending the Second Boer War (1899–1902) was negotiated. During this conflict, a concentration camp was set up by the British military in the area. The concentration camp at Vereeniging was set up in September 1900, and by October 1901 housed 185 men, 330 women, and 452 children. Conditions at the camp were very poor, water was brought by cart (there was no direct water supply) and only 24 latrines. Most inmates lived in bell-tents but there was a dispensary and a school. Today, the site of the concentration camp has been replaced by the Maccauvlei Golf Course.

Vereeniging was one of the first municipalities in South Africa to provide better housing for Africans.. Near Vereeniging is the predominantly black community of Sharpeville, Gauteng, the site of theSharpeville massacre in 1960.

Since 1994, Vereeniging has been the home of southern Africa's annual LED Festival.


 

Trade and industry

 

The city's motto is Per Pacem ad Industriam (Through peace to industry). It is currently one of the most important industrial manufacturing centres in South Africa, with its chief products being ironsteel, pipes, bricks, tiles and processed lime. Several coal mines are also still situated in the area, with reserves being estimated at four billion tons. Other mines nearby extract fire-claysilica and building stone. Vereeniging also has several Eskom thermal power plants that supply electricity to the nearby goldmines.

Vereeniging has been mentioned jokingly as the town in South Africa which has the most vehicle dealerships per square metre.

 

 

 

Flooding 2011

 

In December 2010 and January 2011 the southern part of Gauteng and Mpumulanga experienced a higher than normal rainfall. This resulted in the need to release more water from the nearby Vaal dam. As a consequence, parts of Vereeniging and the rest of the towns downstream were flooded.

 

 

 

 

Flooding along Sugarbush Drive, Three Rivers Proper

 
Brandmuller Avenue in Three Rivers Proper




 

 

 



 


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