Boksburg, East Rand
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Boksburg is a suburb situated on the East Rand of Gauteng, South Africa. Originally, Boksburg was laid out in 1887 to serve the surrounding gold mines, and named after the State Secretary of the South African Republic, Eduard Bok.
The Main Reef Road linked Boksburg to all the other major mining towns on the Witwatersrand and the Angelo Hotel was used as a production post. Boksburg is now part of the Ekhuruleni Metropolitan Municipality, which includes much of the East Rand.
Interestingly, the Mining Commissioner Montague White built a large dam which remained empty for years. It was nicknamed White's Folly until a flashflood in 1889 silenced all critics. It became what is now known as the Boksburg Lake. This spectacular lake is over 150,000 square metres and is surrounded by lawns, trees, and terraces. This is a popular boating, fishing, watersport and hiking destination for many. The scenery here is lovely and many families enjoy blissful and entertaining days here.
Boksburg boasts a diversified industrial and mining centre. It has become one of the most important gold-producing towns on the Witwatersrand. Boksburg is also any shoppers delight. It boasts the East Rand Mall which is one of the most popular and biggest malls in Johannesburg. The East Rand Shopping Mall offers all the chain shops, restaurants and movies typical of such complexes. Yet, it also boasts a pleasure park known as Wild Waters with plenty of water fun such as water slides and 8 other such activities. The Fun Factory offers roller skating and 10-pin bowling. This fabulous mall offers over 170 different shops as well as extensive entertainment facilities, which include a Games Arcade, Restaurants, Coffee shops, a nine theatre Cinema Centre and an exciting Food and Entertainment Mall. You can never be bored here!
For fun family outings why not take a visit to the Bokkie Park. This beautiful area offers children fun farm experiences, such as milking cows and feeding the different fun loving animals. In addition, one can visit the Le Grange Bird Park which affords one the opportunity to explore the diverse range of vibrant birds in this area.
For the history lovers, there are numerous historical buildings one can explore. These include the Old Post Office built in 1898, the Law Court since 1890, St Michaels and All Angels Anglican Church designed by the Sir Herbert Baker as well as a few gold mines.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Boksburg
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
Boksburg Lake is a spectacular lake which is over 150,000 square metres and surrounded by lawns, trees, and terraces. This is a popular boating, fishing, watersport and hiking destination for many. The scenery here is lovely and many families enjoy blissful and entertaining days and weekends here.
Bruma Lake Flea Market, very close to Eastgate shopping mall in the southern suburbs, is one of the biggest flea markets in South Africa, and you’ll find almost anything you can think of here. Bruma is an array of West African wood crafts, designer clothing, wire art, homemade toys, plastic gadgets, arts and crafts, curios ... more information
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.
The ERPM Golf course has bent grass greens and kikuyu fairways, and has a flat parkland layout. The long-time home of US Senior PGA star John Bland, this is a well-established course that was founded way back in 1914. The layout is flat but there are many trees. ERPM Golf Club came into... more information
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
The WesBank Raceway was built on the site of a former horse racing track and opened in 2003. This facility features an oval track, dragstrip, road circuit and motorcross track, allowing for a wide range of events. It is so named due to a sponsorship deal with the South Africa WesBank company. (Wesbank Raceway is in Germiston).
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