Holly Country

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Holly Country
Holly Country is located in Free State (South African province)
Holly Country
Holly Country
 Holly Country shown within Free State
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Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Fezile Dabi
Municipality Metsimaholo
Established {{#property:P571}}
 • Total 1.39 km2 (0.54 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 586
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 21.5%
 • Indian/Asian 2.2%
 • White 75.8%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 64.5%
 • English 10.5%
 • Sotho 6.6%
 • Northern Sotho 3.4%
 • Other 15.0%
Postal code (street) 1946

Holly Country, known as the Coalbrook Mining Village until 1996,[2] is a town in Fezile Dabi District Municipality in the Free State province of South Africa.


The settlement, located some 5 km from Sasolburg, is a former colliery, and was originally named Coalbrook, probably named after Coalbrookdale in England. It was the scene of the Coalbrook mining disaster on 21 January 1960; 435 workers were buried alive when the mine collapsed.[3]

Richard Hse, a Taiwanese businessman, bought out the old mine village in October 1996, renamed it and turned the place into a hub of factories including clothing, shoes, stoves, wood and paper factories and a sportsfield.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Main Place Holly Country". Census 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Monument pays tribute to miners". News24 South Africa. 2000-11-04. Retrieved 29 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 118.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>