Modderfontein (West Rand)
|Municipality||City of Johannesburg|
|• Total||0.46 km2 (0.18 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2001)|
|• Black African||98.2%|
|First languages (2001)|
|Postal code (street)||1609|
Modderfontein is a suburb of the City of Johannesburg on the east of the Witwatersrand conurbation (East Rand) which lies within the province of Gauteng province of South Africa, formerly called the PWV area. It began as a mining town adjacent to the Modder River, hence its name which is Afrikaans for Modder spring or fountain.
The flag of Modderfontein comprised the shield from the municipal arms being placed in the centre of a white field. The shield can be described as a white saltire on a blue background superimposed in the middle of which are crossed hammers in black. Above the crossed hammers is a protea in its natural colours of red and green while below is a schematic representation of water in blue and white.
The protea, the national flower of South Africa, symbolises the commitment of Modderfontein to serving the country for the benefit of all its people. Modderfontein has served South Africa through the manifold skills needed for the various products and services produced in the town and by sharing this with the broader community, making the country a better place in which to live.
The crossed hammers symbolise industry and mining, the trademarks of the first products produced in the town. They also indicate an unbroken tradition of serving the country's industrial and mining sectors.
The water symbolises pure, clean spring water and alludes to the name given to the town.
References and sources
- "Main Place Modderfontein". Census 2001.
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