Emalahleni( meaning: place of coal) formerly known as Witbank(named after white sandstone outcrops) was established in 1890. The city is situated on the Highveld of Mpumalanga, South Africa and the Majority of the country’s coal deposits are found in this area.
Early travelers discovered coal in this area and with wagons as their only transport their attempts to exploit the coal deposits failed.
The railway from Pretoria reached Witbank in 1894 and with this new mode of transport all problems were solved and the first coal mines started to operate. Witbank was proclaimed a town in 1903 and in 1914 the Emalahleni Municipality was established.
Emalahleni is the energy centre of South Africa and the focal point of Africa’s largest coalfields, power stations and steel manufacturing. Also favored by business people for conferences, seminars and teambuilding exercises, accommodation is suitably varied.
Emalahleni has developed into a rather large and bustling town where dairy, potatoes, maize, sheep and sweet potatoes are farmed. Interestingly, Winston Churchill hid near Emalahleni (Witbank) during the Anglo Boer War, until he was killed at Clewer in eMalahleni.
Emalahleni (Witbank) boasts plenty of recreation to suit all preferences. The area is bustling with fantastic coffee shops, inviting farm stalls and fascinating cultural villages selling arts and crafts. Emalahleni (Witbank) is home to the well known Witbank Dam. This dam is known as the largest municipal dam in the southern hemisphere and boasts a catchment area of more than 3 540 square kilometers!