Gauteng\Sw Gauteng\VEREENIGING - Its name, which is an Afrikaans word
meaning "association," refers to the coal-mining association that
owned the town when it was founded in 1892. Peace negotiations to end the
South African War took place there in 1902, and the resulting treaty was
named after the town. The community was incorporated as a town in 1912.
Vereeniging's access to abundant coal and water from the Vaal River has
enabled it to become one of South Africa's main heavy industrial centres,
with plants manufacturing assorted iron and steel products, glass, and
bricks and tiles. Large local thermal power stations transmit electricity
through the national grid.