Modderfontein (West Rand)

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This article is about area in the West Rand. For suburb of Johannesburg, see Modderfontein, Johannesburg.
Modderfontein
Modderfontein is located in South Africa
Modderfontein
Modderfontein
 Modderfontein shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°24′55″S 27°42′05″E / 26.415356°S 27.701254°E / -26.415356; 27.701254Coordinates: 26°24′55″S 27°42′05″E / 26.415356°S 27.701254°E / -26.415356; 27.701254
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
District West Rand
Municipality Westonaria
Area[1]
 • Total 0.46 km2 (0.18 sq mi)
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 490
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2001)[1]
 • Black African 98.2%
 • White 1.8%
First languages (2001)[1]
 • Sotho 42.2%
 • Xhosa 27.8%
 • Tsonga 11.6%
 • Zulu 8.0%
 • Other SS%
Postal code (street) 1609
PO box 1645

Modderfontein is a settlement in West Rand District Municipality 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.

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References
  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Modderfontein". Census 2001. 
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