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Boksburg is a city on the East Rand of Gauteng, South Africa. It was laid out in 1887 to serve the surrounding gold mines, and named after the State Secretary of the South African Republic, Eduard Bok. The Main Reef Road linked Boksburg to all the other major mining towns on the Witwatersrand and the Angelo Hotel (1887) was used as a staging post. A map of Gauteng, showing the East Rand. ... Categories: South Africa stubs | Provinces of South Africa | Gauteng Province ... 1887 is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar). ... General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ... The South African Republic (Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek), often informally known as the Transvaal Republic, not to be confused with the Republic of South Africa, occupied the area later known as the province of Transvaal, first from 1857 to 1877, and again, after a successful Afrikaner rebellion against British rule... Witwatersrand is a low mountain range which runs through Gauteng in South Africa. ...


The Mining Commissioner Montague White built a large dam which, empty for years, was dubbed White's Folly until a flashflood in 1889 silenced detractors. The 150,000 square metre dam is now the Boksburg Lake, and is surrounded by lawns, trees, and terraces. A railway was built to link Boksburg to Johannesburg in 1890. 1889 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Johannesburg is the most populous city in South Africa and the second-most populous city in Sub-Saharan Africa, behind Lagos. ... 1890 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


Boksburg is now part of the Ekhuraleni Metropolitan Municipality, that includes much of the East Rand.


Trivia

  • Transvaal President Paul Kruger owned a farm here called Geduld.
  • Boksburg is the birthplace of Gerrie Coetzee, known as "the Boksburg Bomber", former WBA heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
  • Popular liberation fighter Chris Hani was assassinated outside his Dawn Park, Boksburg home in 1993 and is buried in the town.
  • Boksburg is a City.

Flag of Transvaal The Transvaal was one of the provinces of South Africa from 1910 until 1994. ... Paul Kruger Stephanus Johannes Paul Kruger (10 October 1825 – 14 July 1904), fondly known as Oom Paul (Afrikaans for Uncle Paul), was a prominent Boer resistance leader against British rule and president of the Transvaal Republic in South Africa. ... Gerhardus Christian Coetzee (born August 4, 1955 in Boksburg), better known as Gerrie Coetzee, is a South African former boxer. ... World Boxing Association (WBA) is a boxing organization that sanctions official fights and awards the WBA championship title at the professional level. ... // Boxing Wiki For further information refer to the mediawiki based Boxing Wiki 2004 Armed Forces Amateur Boxing Championships, held in 2003. ... Chris Hani, born Martin Thembisile Hani (June 28, 1942 – April 10, 1993) was the leader of the South African Communist Party and Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

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Boksburg: Information From Answers.com (301 words)
Boksburg is a city on the East Rand of Gauteng, South Africa.
The Main Reef Road linked Boksburg to all the other major mining towns on the Witwatersrand and the Angelo Hotel (1887) was used as a staging post.
Boksburg is the birthplace of Gerrie Coetzee, known as "the Boksburg Bomber", former WBA heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
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