Known as the “East Rand”, these were once prosperous industrial and mining towns, linked by an artery aptly called ‘Main Reef Road’ made first by the wheel tracks of the ox wagons of miners following the reef of gold discovered in 1886. While mining is no longer a primary activity, and industry has not managed to replace its demands, there are still many traces of the gold rush, from the mine dumps that dot the outskirts of Benoni (and are now used by sandboarders) to the rich, but sadly neglected collection, of Art Deco heritage buildings concentrated in Brakpan and Springs.
If you have some time to explore Ekurhuleni you’ll find it operates at a different pace to its frenetic neighbour, almost as if it in a different time zone, in many parts less flash, slower paced but rich in history and activities.
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Cradle of Humankind
Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort
Ekurhuleni (East Rand)
Tshwane and Dinokeng
Facilities for disabled
In the centre of Edenvale’s busy Van Riebeeck Avenue is De Backery, an East Rand institution opened in 1963 by the Verhoogt family. This traditional Dutch …
Inspired by the famous Vegas casinos, Emperor's is a Roman themed venue not afraid to show off its opulent side, dubbed 'The Palace of Dreams'. A grand …
Oakes Brew House and Roastery
Cnr Main Rd and High St, Modderfontein
This all-female run brewery sits under a giant oak tree on the grounds of an attractive old manor house in historic Modderfontein, a serene, green …
Opened in 1931 Rand Airport is a fine example of the art deco architecture that became so prevalent on the East Rand in the 1930s, a side effect of immense …