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Known as the City of Lakes for its 5 manmade lakes, Benoni is a flourishing suburb of Johannesburg.
Gold was discovered here in the late 1880s and men from Cornwall arrived to work the mines. The shanty town that developed around the mine, called Little Cornwall, was renowned for hard drinking, gambling and dog fights. It took a further 15 years before a town was officially laid out and named Benoni. The first residents were mostly of British descent along with many Jews escaping persecution from Eastern Europe. During that time, thousands of trees were planted around the town.
The Benoni of today is a pleasant residential suburb with several parks, lakes, sports clubs, churches and schools scattered throughout the area. The commercial centre has attractive malls, markets, restaurants and entertainment facilities. There are a few small industrial parks and the Daveyton township lies within its boundaries.
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