Holly Country

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Holly Country
Holly Country is located in Free State (South African province)
Holly Country
Holly Country
Holly Country is located in South Africa
Holly Country
Holly Country
Coordinates: 26°55′55″S 27°55′01″E / 26.932°S 27.917°E / -26.932; 27.917Coordinates: 26°55′55″S 27°55′01″E / 26.932°S 27.917°E / -26.932; 27.917
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceFree State
DistrictFezile Dabi
 • Total1.39 km2 (0.54 sq mi)
 • Total586
 • Density420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African21.5%
 • Indian/Asian2.2%
 • White75.8%
 • Other0.5%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans64.5%
 • English10.5%
 • Sotho6.6%
 • Northern Sotho3.4%
 • Other15.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)

Holly Country, known as the Coalbrook Mining Village until 1996,[2] is a town in Fezile Dabi District Municipality in the Free State province of South Africa.


The settlement, located some 5 km from Sasolburg, is a former colliery, and was originally named Coalbrook, probably named after Coalbrookdale in England. It was the scene of the Coalbrook mining disaster on 21 January 1960; 435 workers were buried alive when the mine collapsed.[3]

Richard Hse, a Taiwanese businessman, bought out the old mine village in October 1996, renamed it and turned the place into a hub of factories including clothing, shoes, stoves, wood and paper factories and a sportsfield.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Holly Country". Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Monument pays tribute to miners". News24 South Africa. 2000-11-04. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 118.