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Information on Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa

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Vereeniging is a city in Gauteng province which  is also one of the constituent parts of the Vaal Triangle. The name Vereeniging is derived from the Afrikaans word meaning union or association.

Vereeniging is situated in the Southern part of the Gauteng Province, and neighbors Sasolburg, Vanderbijlpark, Three Rivers and Meyerton. The predominant language is Afrikaans, which is followed up closely by Sesotho and English.

The city is currently one of the most prominent industrial manufacturing centres in South Africa, with its principal products being bricks, iron, pipes,steel, processed lime and tiles. Several coal mines are also still situated in the area, with reserves being estimated at 4 billion tons.

Other mines nearby extract fire-clay, silica and building stone. Vereeniging also has several Eskom thermal power plants that supply electricity to the nearby goldmines. Vereeniging enjoys a moderate climate with warm to hot summer days with most rainfall as thunderstorms and cool clear winter days with temperatures dropping in the evenings.

 

History of Vereeniging

The city was founded in 1892 and is situated on the banks of the northern loop of the Vaal River. Much of its early growth was due to the nearby coal mines. The city is well known for being the location where the Treaty of Vereeniging ending the Second Boer War (1899-1902) was negotiated. During this conflict, a concentration camp was set up by the British military in the area. Nearby Vereeniging is the predominantly black community of Sharpeville, Gauteng, the site of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. Since 1994, Vereeniging has been the home of southern Africa's annual LED Festival.

Vereeniging Attractions

Klip River Terrace
One of the most valuable archaeological sites in the world. A rich store of Stone Age implements has been uncovered here.

Maccauvlei
Is a coal-rich farm that is also the site of an Anglo-Boer War concentration camp and has a memorial to the Canadian soldiers who were killed in that war.

Mona Lisa
Very few people will be leave the Mona Lisa shop without buying at least one souvenir.
The shop offers a wide selection of homemade gifts, Swazi glass, candles, clay hangings and paintings.

Museum
Houses an interesting collection of photographs that were taken during the peace negotiations that ended the Anglo-Boer Warin 1902.

Three Rivers Nature Trail
Takes hikers along the Klip (Stone), Vaal and Suiker-bosrand Rivers. Also oppertunities for watersports.

Treaty of Vereeniging
The memorial was first erected on the spot where they signed the treaty and later moved to the library.

The Vaal Teknorama
Is the only museum of its kind in the country. It focuses on industrial development in the area. The Witkop Blockhouse is a relic from the Anglo-BoerWar.

Towns and Suburbs of the Gauteng province of South Africa

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