" the gold-mining town of Randfontein "
Randfontein is a gold mining town in western Gauteng, about half an hour’s drive from central Johannesburg. It has its origins in the Transvaal gold rush of the late 1800s. Mining financier JB Robinson bought the farm Randfontein in the 1880s, and in 1889 floated the Randfontein Estates Gold Mining Company. The town was established in 1890 to serve the new mine. It became a municipality in 1929.
Mine dumps, a legacy of Joburg's gold mining hey day - Credit: Kerri
Randfontein’s prosperity is however long past. Many of the gold mines which used to employ the majority of Randfontein’s population have ceased operations or downscaled, and unemployment and poverty in the area are high.