Welkom is South Africa’s youngest city and is situated in the Lejweleputswa region of the Free State. Directly translated from Afrikaans Welkom means “welcome”.
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 the gold fields.
The town naturally evolved when gold was discovered here in the 1940’s on a farm called St Helena. Welkom has grown in subsequent years at a rate matched with Johannesburg. The city has a very effective road system which uses traffic circles in the majority instead of traffic lights, giving Welkom the nickname “Circle City”.
With a Grand Prix racing circuit, Phakisa Raceway, located on its doorstep and a variety of activities, as well as noteworthy attractions, visitors to the town have become more frequent.
When in Welkom, be sure to visit the historical monuments such as the Old Indaba Bluegum Tree, Aandek Monument, Dog Monument, Voortrekker Memorial and the WWII Monument.
Hunt for bargains at the North Park Fleamarket, catch a show at the Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre or browse through the town’s history at the Museum of Welkom.
The Gold Museum and the mine tours delve into the world of mining, while the Flamingo Pan and the Theronia Pan allow visitors to explore the natural sights of the city.
Filled with entertainment, nature, attractions and a fascinating history, Welkom is a city that should not be passed by. Take a day tour through the city or stay a few nights, either way Welkom is a destination that does not disappoint.
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