Vanderbijlpark, Southern Gauteng
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An industrial city south of Johannesburg, Vanderbijlpark forms Gauteng’s border along the northern banks of the Vaal River and is home to the largest steelworks in the southern hemisphere.
Whilst several of the towns in the Vaal triangle, which include Vereeniging, Meyerton and Sasolburg, emerged as a direct result of the discovery of gold in the region, Vanderbijlpark was established as a city for ISCOR’s employees - the major steel works in the city, which began operating in 1947. Vanderbijlpark Steel, formerly part of Mittal Steel (ISCOR) is today the largest heavy engineering works south of the equator.
It is no surprise to learn that the Vaal River forms a fundamental recreational role in the lives of Vanderbijlpark’s residents and that rowing regattas, boat cruises and water sports are a regular pastime. The Vaal Show, which usually takes place towards the end of September of every year, is one of the largest shows in the country. The agricultural section, which showcases horses, cattle, pigeons and poultry is large, to say the least, there is also a sizeable commercial section where clothing, jewellery, furniture, household goods, paintings, boats and other exciting exhibits draw thousands of visitors; it’s a popular event, in other words.
The half a million or so trees planted in Vanderbijlpark contribute greatly to the growing number of wonderful gardens and recreational areas the city boasts and the area is sought after as a weekend getaway, particularly as the access from Johannesburg is so easy.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Vanderbijlpark
Emerald Casino Resort
For the more energetic, daytime riverside antics and water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing and tow-boat skiing will keep the adrenalin pumping. The Resort transforms at night offering comedy nights and dancing till the small hours for entertainment or a romantic moonlit dinner on the deck of the safari lodge ...
Maccauvlei Golf Course is one of the best around and has played host to various big tournaments over the years. An excellent links-type course on the south bank of the Vaal River in Vereeniging, Maccauvlei was designed by leading British golf architect Colonel SV Hotchkin and was... more information
A large floodplain, the Marievale Bird Sanctuary, lies north east of Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve just outside Nigel. It forms the southern half of Blesbokspruit RAMSAR site (an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands), and is one of several very important bird areas in South ... more information
Situated close to Johannesburg, one of South Africa's most densely populated areas, the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve plays an important role in outdoor recreation, environmental education and resource management. Covering approximately 13,337 ha of kloofs, ridges and plains... more information
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