Secunda is a fairly new town situated amidst the coalfields of Mpumalanga approximately 135 km from Johannesburg and 180 km from Pretoria. It is the second, as its name implies, extraction refinery after Sasolburg some 140 km to the west of Secunda.
The landscape around Secunda has two distinctive features, the enormous cooling towers and high chimneys and the unique South African oil from coal steel structures. The highest structure is a 301 metres tall chimney, a chimney which happens to be one of the tallest freestanding structures in the Southern Hemisphere – quite the sight to see – Secunda is a destination with plenty to see in the way of engineering and man-made marvels!
Secunda is a great stop-over destination, friendly and welcoming and with just the right amount of attractions and activities for a weekend or a few days get-away. With two large dams in the surrounding areas there is plenty of water sport and fishing to keep you busy on weekends and the Lake Uzumi Waterfront has wonderful facilities such as water slides, swimming pools and braai and picnic spots.
Secunda is also home to a wonderful Casino and some fabulous Golf Courses in and around the town. The town offers top notch restaurants and accommodation to suit all pockets and purses.
Things to do and see
- Lake Umuzi Waterfront
- Grootdraai Dam
- Graceland Casino
- Secunda Stadium
- Graceland Golf Course
- Walker Park Golf Course
- Secunda Mall
Secunda receives approximately 689 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Johannesburg’s, O R Tambo Airport approximately 123 Km away and into Lanseria Airport approximately 171 km’s away, both via the N17. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
Secunda has the oil crisis of 1974 to thank for its existence, as it was founded to make South Africa less dependent on the importation of crude oil.
Its name means “second”, and it was so-called due to the fact that it was the second extraction refinery making oil from coal. The towns location was determined not only by the coal fields but also by the volume of water that was available to Sasol from the Grootdraai Dam.
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