- Free State
Hennenman is a small town situated in the region known as the Free State Goldfields, just east of Welkom.
Hennenman, unlike the other towns in the vicinity is interestingly not a gold mining town. This means Hennenman is free of the gold mine towers that characterize most other towns in the district. The town instead boasts two large cement factories, a prosperous economy and friendly residents.
Not a tourist town, Hennenman’s main claim to fame is a tragic air accident, but visitors will find warm hospitality and old traditional culinary delights in this very Afrikaans town. Welkom is only a thirty-minute drive and has a host of other attractions to explore.
Despite being a small town Hennenman still offers some good guesthouses and B&B’s in the town. Further accommodation can be found in Welkom or Ventersburg.
Things to do and see
- Uitzig Farm
- Hiking & Mountain Bike Trails
- Welkom Museum & Mine Tours
- Theronia Pan & Bird Sanctuary, Welkom
- Bells Pass, nearby
- Oppenheimer Park Golf Course
Hennnenman receives approximately 571 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 20˚C.
Cement and a railway station marked the establishment of the town of Hennenman.
A railway whistle-stop called Ventersburg Road was first built here to serve the town of, 12 kilometers away. Then lime deposits were discovered near the station and two cement factories were built.
Hennenman became a place in its own right rather than just a road to somewhere else and in 1927, at a public meeting held, appropriately at the railway station, the name of town was changed in honour of Petrus Hennenman, a local farmer.
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