Kinross, Mpumalanga

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Kinross
Kinross is located in South Africa
Kinross
Kinross
 Kinross shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°25′S 29°05′E / 26.417°S 29.083°E / -26.417; 29.083Coordinates: 26°25′S 29°05′E / 26.417°S 29.083°E / -26.417; 29.083
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Govan Mbeki
Established 1915
Area[1]
 • Total 6.45 km2 (2.49 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 15,246
 • Density 2,400/km2 (6,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 77.2%
 • Coloured 6.5%
 • Indian/Asian 8.9%
 • White 5.8%
 • Other 1.7%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 38.1%
 • English 12.9%
 • Afrikaans 9.9%
 • Sotho 6.9%
 • Other 32.2%
PO box 2270
Area code 017

Kinross is a small gold mining town in Mpumalanga, South Africa with four gold mines in the region.

Village on the watershed between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, between Devon and Trichardt, 42 km west of Bethal, 19 km east of Leslie and about 70 km north-north-east of Standerton. Proclaimed a village in December 1915, it acquired municipal status about 1965. Named after Kinross in Scotland, some say by engineers constructing the Springs-Breyten railway, others by the surveyor of the town.

One of the town's popular hotspots includes Georges Restaurant, a tavern, which is owned by a Portuguese businessman[2]

Kinross mining disaster[edit]

An underground fire started by an acetylene tank caused the death of 177 miners on 16 September 1986. Another 235 miners were injured in the incident, one of the largest mining incidents in South Africa.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Kinross". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 249. 
  3. ^ "More than 170 mineworkers are killed at Kinross Mine, South Africa". SAHistory.org.za. Retrieved 30 March 2015.