Town of Transgariep and Goldfields
Laid out on the farm, Welkom was established in 1947 and proclaimed in 1948 . The original town was planned by William Backhouse, it resulted in one of the best-planned towns in the world.Welkom is surrounded by 6 mines and therefore has an active bird life on the many pans. It has a very high salt content, ideal for birds like flamingos and other water birds. Welkom is the service centre for the Free State Goldfields. It is one of a few preplanned cities in the world and features beautiful parks, green suburbs and spacious modern business centres. Inhabitants of the fast growing industrial...