Germiston, East Rand
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Germiston is situated in the East Rand area of Gauteng. Germiston is South Africa's sixth largest city with 70% of the western world's gold passing through its gold refinery.
Germiston also boasts South Africa's biggest railway junction and the busiest civil airport, Rand Airport. Germiston was established in the early days of the gold rush when two prospectors, namely John Jack from the farm of Germiston near Glasgow and August Simmer from Vacha in Germany, struck paydirt on the farm of Elandsfontein. John Jack called the place Germiston after his childhood home near Glasgow. These in turn attracted supporting commerce and increasing population. Both men made fortunes and the town sprung up next to the mine.
In 1921 the world's largest gold refinery known as the Rand Refinery, was established here. After that, Germiston experienced phenomenal growth and development. Many other mining ventures followed and Germiston`s growth was generated by supplementary industrial requirements.
Germiston is now part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality which includes much of the East Rand and is also part of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area. Interestingly, quite a few notable people come from Germiston including Andre Watson who was a Rugby Referee, Pierre Isse; Dr Sydney Brenner, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; and of course Ernie Els. On the more aerie side of things, the house wherein Daisy Louisa De Melker lived and murdered her husbands is also located in Germiston.
Even though Germiston is predominantly an industrial area with over 700 factories, it is minutes away from large shopping malls and boasts a few superb entertainment facilities. Gastronomic dinners can be experienced in one of their many world class restaurants. Germiston is a fun area in which to enjoy a historical experience and recreation as well as sporting facilities.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Germiston
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.
18 holes, par-72. Rating 71, 6 523 metres. The course has kikuyu fairway and bent grass greens. The Germiston Lake comes into play on the par-three 15th and 17th holes. Well-manicured, the Germiston Golf course affords some challenging holes in a beautiful setting, right next to Victoria Lake and is.. more information
The Hector Pieterson Memorial and museum opened in Soweto in 2002, not far from the spot where 12 year-old Hector was shot on the 16 June 1976 during the Soweto uprising that today is a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government. Soweto, a city developed as a township for black ... 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
Things To Do in Germiston