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Prospector Arthur Megson heard of their venture and decided to investigate near the town of Odendaalsrus in 1904.

The city has a very effective road system which uses traffic circles in the majority instead of traffic lights, giving Welkom the nickname “Circle City“.

Distance between Bloemfontein and Welkom is 137 kilometers. Driving distance from Bloemfontein to Welkom is 156 kilometers

Distance from Welkom to Johannesburg is 236 kilometers

Welkom in the Free State was founded in 1947 following a major gold discovery on a local farm.

The population of the city of Welkom, South Africa is – 667 288 people (2018)

There are currently 33 large traffic circles.

Welkom officially came into being on 15 April 1947, six years after the first mining lease in the area was awarded to the St Helena Gold Mining Company, and was proclaimed a town on 23 July 1948.

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