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Gold mine, South Africa
Public DomainGold mine, South Africa - Credit: Babakathy

Blyvooruitzicht is a gold-mining village about 80km from Johannesburg, near the town of Carletonville.

Welgedacht is situated in Utrecht, near Newcastle in KwaZulu Natal, and is a major coal mining area.

Langlaagte is the farm on which Johannesburg’s major gold reef was discovered.  On 20 September 1886, Langlaagte, along with the farms Driefontein, Elandsfontein, Doornfontein, Turffontein, Randjeslaagte, Paardekraal, Vogelstruisfontein and Roodepoort, were proclaimed as a public digging.

Odendaalsrus is a small town in South Africa’s Free State province. Gold was discovered on a local farm, called Geduld, in 1946.