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Krugersdorp

(kro͞o`gərzdôrp), city, part and seat of Mogale City local municipality, Gauteng prov., NE South Africa. The chief industrial city of the W WitwatersrandWitwatersrand
[Afrik.,=white water ridge] or the Rand,
region, Gauteng prov. (formerly a part of Transvaal), South Africa. The area, which forms the watershed between the Vaal and Olifants rivers, is c.
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, Krugersdorp is the center for a region where gold, manganese, asbestos, lime, and uranium are mined. The city has uranium extraction plants. It also serves as the trade center for the surrounding farming area.

Founded in 1887, it was named for Paul KrugerKruger, Paul
(Stephanas Johannes Paulus) , 1825–1904, South African Transvaal statesman, known as Oom Paul. As a child he accompanied (1836) his family northward from the Cape Colony in the Great Trek that was eventually to cross the Vaal River and establish the
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, president of the TransvaalTransvaal
, former province, NE South Africa. With the new constitution of 1994, it was divided into Eastern Transvaal (now Mpumalanga), Northern Transvaal (now Limpopo), Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Veereeniging (now Gauteng), and part of North West prov.
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 republic. The Paardekraal monument marks the spot where in 1880 BoersBoer
[Du.,=farmer], inhabitant of South Africa of Dutch or French Huguenot descent. Boers are also known as Afrikaners. They first settled (1652) near the Cape of Good Hope in what was formerly Cape Province.
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 (Afrikaners) pledged themselves to end British rule in the Transvaal. Nearby are the Sterkfontein Caves (an important archaeological site), Kromdraai Paleontological Reserve, and Krugersdorp Game Reserve. The city has a technical college.

Krugersdorp

 

a city in the Republic of South Africa, in the province of the Transvaal. Population, 100,500 (1968). A railroad junction. One of the centers of the gold and uranium mining industry and the principal center of the western Transvaal. The city has a chemical industry, which serves the mining industry; there is also light industry (including tanning plants). Krugersdorp is a tourist center. A technical college is located in the city. Krugersdorp was founded in 1887.

Krugersdorp

a city in NE South Africa, on the Witwatersrand, at an altitude of 1720 m (5650 ft.): a gold-, manganese-, and uranium-mining centre. Pop.: 86 618 (2001)