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Brakpan, East Rand (Ekurhuleni)Brakpan on the East Rand is today in the Ekurhuleni Municipal District, and is found between Benoni and Springs. The town first sprang to life in 1888 when a coal seam was discovered on the farm Weltevreden, right at a spot where there was a brackish pan – thought to be the origin of its name. Brakpan Collieries started mining the coal and was soon joined by the Brakpan Mines Company, which sunk two shafts after gold was discovered in 1905. This mine generated one of the tallest mine dumps...

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