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Benoni, East Rand

Benoni, East Rand

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Benoni is situated on the East Rand in the South African province of Gauteng. The area forms part of the Greater Johannesburg region, and since 2000 has been part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.

Benoni's ominous beginnings started in 1881 when the surveyor-general of the time, known as Johan Rissik, found it difficult to assign title deeds to all unclaimed state property. He named the area Benoni, meaning son of my sorrows, after the name given by Rachel to her son in the biblical Book of Genesis. In September 1887, gold was discovered and the Chimes Mine was established by Cornishmen. Sir George Farrar, the chairman of a mining company, undertook the beautification of the rapidly growing mining town in 1904. Minewater was channeled into a band of marshland, and reservoirs stocked with vibrant fish were created.

Today these beautiful reservoirs remain and the area is dotted with many lakes where people fish, boat and relax. Thousands of trees were also planted in the new suburbia and it achieved municipal status in 1907. During the 1990's Benoni was the site for the WOMAD Festival (the World of Music, Arts and Dance), an international cultural festival held annually around the world and used to showcase various artists.

Today, Benoni is very diverse, with people of every colour and denomination living here. Over time gold mining has decreased in importance. Today the town is focused more on industry and services and is used as a service hub for other East Rand towns such as Brakpan, Nigel and Springs. Benoni is also the site of the Benoni Heliport, for the use of helicopters.

When visiting Benoni, one can enjoy a visit to the local museum, enjoy superb picnics by the many lakes or shop till your hearts content at the Lakeside Shopping Mall or Northmead Square. The Lakeside Shopping Mall was built in the shape of a Mississippi Steamboat on one of the lakes. The Northmead Square is known as the first shopping centre to bring cinemas back to Benoni. Near to Northmead Square is the Bunny Park boasting hundreds of gorgeous rabbits as well as other small animals and is aimed at entertaining children.

For the sport lovers, visit the Willowmoore Park which is a provincial and One Day International Cricket venue. The world famous Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron was born in Benoni. Benoni was also the setting for the MTV-inspired, popular cult movie known as Crazy Monkey: Straight Outta Benoni, released internationally in 2005.

Benoni contains numerous attractive and tree-lined suburbs, and has a strong suburban character, quite unlike many other East Rand towns, which tend to be more industrialized.

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Benoni Country Club

Benoni Golf Course and Country Club is located on Johannesburg’s East Rand and serves as a wonderful break from the city yet remains within the city. Though with five dams, a forest of trees, Springbok, Blesbok, Duiker and Steenbok you would be forgiven for thinking that you had left it all behind... more information

Benoni Lake Golf Club

One of the four large expanses of water that form a chain through this East Rand municipality is known as Middle Lake, and it is on the shores of this lake that the Benoni Lake golf course is found. A major road runs through the course, neatly separating the two nines on this 18-hole, par-72 parkland... more information

East Rand Flea Market

Just outside Johannesburg in Boksburg, the East Rand Flea Market lies right next to the East Rand Mall, and as a result, is open just about all week, except for Mondays, to sell its wares to shoppers, who delight in the array of goods that range from African artwork, to any number of handcrafted goods, a budding home ... more information

East Rand Mall

East Rand Mall is situated 7km away from OR Tambo Airport. The Mall includes all of South Africa's Major Chain Stores and a host of smaller specialised stores. Extensive entertainment facilities, which include a Games Arcade, Restaurants, Coffee shops, a nine theatre Cinema Centre and an exciting Food and Entertainment Mall.

OR Tambo International Airport

Formerly officially known as Johannesburg International Airport, the OR Tambo International Airport is a large airport near the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. It serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel to or from South Africa. It is Africa's busiest airport, handling over ... more information

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Acapilia Laser Clinic and Day Spa

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A home away from home - only a few minutes away. Escape into the serene, tranquil world of relaxation and endless pampering. This world can ... more information

Glass art at The Crucible

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The Crucible, a centre of creativity, focuses on fine art and glass art, and is located on a 5 acre plot that provides a tranquil, safe envi ... more information

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