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Afrikaans name: Brakpan

Brakpan CBD

Brakpan CBD

Photo © Johan van Zyl


A pan with brackish water gave rise to the name of "Brakpan" when a settlement was first created in the area. The town grew quickly because of the discoveries of coal, gold and uranium.

Brakpan was at one stage a suburb of Benoni but it was later declared a municipality. Brakpan had a strong English influence in its early years but it is now dominated by Afrikaners.

The town is conveniently located and is close to OR Tambo Airport as well as Benoni and Springs.

Brakpan weather


One of the main attractions in Brakpan is the Carnival City Entertainment World which houses a casino and other places of entertainment. Golfers will find a number of golf courses in and around the town.

Birders will definitely want to visit the 95 ha Rondebult Bird Sanctuary where around 200 species of birds have been recorded.

Brakpan Town Hall

Town Hall

Photo © Johan van Zyl

AFM Church (1954)

AFM Church (1954)

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Greek Orthodox Church (1948)

Greek Orthodox Church (1948)

Photo © Johan van Zyl


References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 110

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 262

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 205

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 20

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