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Information on Christiana, North West, South Africa

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Christiana is an agricultural town on the banks of the Vaal River in the North West Province. The town is located on the N12 between Warrenton and Bloemhof, on the road to Kimberley. It is the administrative centre of Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality.

The town contains one of the biggest diggers' bells ever to exist in the world. The bell is currently under water in the Vaal River as it once sank and ended in the drowning of several diggers. There were a few attempts to get the diggers' bell out, but it was in vain as it is surrounded by too much mud.

Tthe mainstay of the economy is the production of beef, maize, sorghum, groundnuts and cotton. Tourist attractions include the Diggers' Diamond Museum  and San Bushman rock art and Stows Kopje.

 

 


Christiana History

When diamonds were discovered in the Vaal River in the 1870s the former Transvaal Government established a settlement on the banks of the river in 1870, in an attempt to control and alleviate land disputes over diamond discoveries further down the Vaal River. This town was established on the farm Zoutpansdrift (salt pan drift) and named Christiana, after the only daughter of President Pretorius of the old Transvaal. The first residential stands were sold in 1870. Two years later diamonds were discovered in the gravel of the Vaal River close by and the inevitable manic rush followed. As usual the initial rush petered with the diamonds, although some are still found from time to time.

Towns and Suburbs of the North West province of South Africa

Beestekraal , Brits , Broederstroom , Christiana , Groot Marico , Hartbeespoort , Klerksdorp , Lichtenburg , Madikwe , Mahikeng , Mooinooi , Pilansberg , Potchefstroom, Rustenburg , Sun City , Swartruggens , Temba , Wolmeransstad


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