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Telkom Direct Welkom Karroo St, Shop 32 Liberty Centre, Welkom 9460, South Africa
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Goldfields Emergency Fire Services Training Academy Cc 115 Steyn St, Odendaalsrus 9480, South Africa
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Jengrac Technical College 13 Senkor Buildig 1st Floor, 13 Mooi Street, Welkom, 9459, South Africa
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Vodacom Shop Goldfields Mall Shop 45, Goldfields Mall, c/o Buiten Street & Stateway Boulevard, Welkom, 9459, South Africa
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Keg & Mustang Pub & Restaurant Metro Village, 312 Stateway, Welkom, 9460, Free State, South Africa, South Africa
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Corobrik Farm Hestersrust, Odendaalsrus 9480, South Africa
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Harry's Hout & Kole 18 8th St, Welkom 9459, South Africa
+27 57 355 2710
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About Welkom



Welkom (Afrikaans pronunciation: [Velkom]) is a city in the Free State province of South Africa, located about 140 kilometres (90 mi) northeast of Bloemfontein, the provincial capital. Welkom is also known as Circle CityCity Within A GardenMvela and Matjhabeng. The city's Sesotho name,Matjhabeng means 'where nations meet', derived from the migrant labour system, where people of various countries such as Lesotho, Malawi and Mozambique etc. met to work in the mines of thegold fields.Welkom is now the second largest city in the Free State.

A settlement was laid out on a farm named "Welkom" (which is Afrikaans and Dutch for "welcome") after gold was discovered in the region, and it was officially proclaimed a town in 1948. The town became a municipality in 1961. It now falls in the Matjhabeng Municipality, part of theLejweleputswa District. Welkom was officially declared a city on 14 February 1968.

Welkom's city center
Welkom's city center
Nickname(s): Circle City
Welkom is located in South Africa
 Welkom shown within South Africa


 Much of the history of Welkom is centred around the discovery of gold in the northwestern Free State. It was proclaimed a town in 1948, nines years after a major gold discovery was made in Odendaalsrus, just north of Welkom.


Early mining activity

Prospecting Pit of Arthur Megson circa 1904

The first prospecting in the area was done by the Englishmen Mr Donaldson and Mr Hinds on a portion of the farm Zoeten-Inval in 1896. The men discovered a small outcrop which seemed to be a conglomerate pebble reef, but they failed to raise interest among mining companies who at that stage did not believe that there was gold to be discovered south of the Vaal River. They returned to England to test the samples they had extracted, but died before reaching their destination when their ship sank in the Bay of Biscay.

Prospector Arthur Megson heard of the their venture and decided to investigate near the town of Odendaalsrus in 1904. He gathered samples of exposed strata near the outcrop, which by then was part of Hendrik Petrus Klopper's farm Aandenk. He too did not succeed in obtaining any interest from companies until October 1932, when he presented his findings to Allan Roberts and Mannie Jacobs. The area needed to be tested by drilling, and the first borehole was started on 5 May 1933. Jacobs managed to interest two men, Fritz Marx and Peter Woolf, in the venture and the Wit Extensions Company was formed later that year. Although the borehole, which by then penetrated more than 1200 metres, yielded 120 pennyweightsof gold, it was not enough to garner financial assistance and the operation had to close due to depleted finances.

However, the discovery of gold-bearing reef in the Klerksdorp area in 1933 by the Anglo American Corporation encouraged geologists and others with vision to see the northwestern Free State as a potential gold field. Prospecting intensified and the first high values of gold were discovered in 1939. By 1940, sufficient work had been done to prove the existence of gold in the area and thirteen mining areas were later demarcated around what would become the town of Welkom.



oppie Alleen is the only hill near Welkom and therefore is aptly named for its odditity. The terrain elevation above sea level is 1435 metres.

Koppie Alleen

The largest water catchment is the Sand River to the south-east of Welkom in Virginia’s direction.

Large saline pans such as Flamingo Pan and Theronia Pan are situated to the south-west of Welkom. Flamingo Pan is coded as an Important Bird Area (IBA)

Veld types

Welkom is situated on two vegetation units, the Western Free State Clay Grassland and Vaal-Vet Sandy Grassland, these are differentiated by soil types, rainfall and frost.[10]

The dominant grass species are Hyparrhenia hirtaThemeda triandraSporobolus pyramidalisEragrostissp, Aristida sp, and other grasses and herbs. Trees and shrubs are infrequent due to heavy frost in the winter months.

Flamingos over Lakeview



Due to the declining gold price in the nineties, the manufacturing industry was promoted as a further means to support the local economy. Heavy machinery support for mining can be found in the Voorspoed area. Various other maintenance industries and services are well founded in Welkom which include engineering, and mechanical repairs.

Welkom produces goods such as steel, lumber, dairy products, and beef



The high water table in the north-western part of the district makes it very suitable for maize production and should remain an important maize producing area. The district is mostly covered by non-arable, moderate potential grazing land as well as marginal potential arable land. The Welkom region forms part of the Maize Triangle, which stretches over three of South Africa's provinces. The region is also a major producer of sunflowers, poultry and beef cattle. 


Maize production near the R34 leading into Welkom




Buiten Street, Welkom



Welkom is connected to Kroonstad and the N1 north via the R34, a dual carriageway. Alternatively if driving south to Bloemfontein via the R30 through Brandfort.


There is a goods rail link with Hennenman to the main Johannesburg – Bloemfontein line and a direct train to Johannesburg


Welkom is served by a small airport and a branch of the main railway between Johannesburg andCape Town. Magnum Airlines and Comair have flights daily between Welkom and Johannesburg. 

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