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Originally laid out to house mine workers in 1887 and named after a Glaswegian farm, Germiston gradually developed into a large city with major industries operating here. The world’s largest precious metals refining and smelting... Show more
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Originally laid out to house mine workers in 1887 and named after a Glaswegian farm, Germiston gradually developed into a large city with major industries operating here. The world’s largest precious metals refining and smelting complex is located... Show more
Originally laid out to house mine workers in 1887 and named after a Glaswegian farm, Germiston gradually developed into a large city with major industries operating here. The world’s largest precious metals refining and smelting complex is located in Germiston which also boasts the largest lake in the Gauteng Province of South Africa.
Germiston lies on the East Rand, a short distance from its larger cousin Johannesburg and its permanent residents are a good representation of South Africa’s rainbow nation. The city has its own airport for chartered flights and from where various flying schools operate.
For visitors wanting to be stationed outside of Johannesburg, Germiston is quiet enough yet loaded with all conveniences and an excellent road network, to enjoy a restful stay.
Top 6 reasons to visit Germiston
1. Recent renovations to the amusement area at Germiston Lake have made for a pleasant day out for families and picnickers. Spend the day under the trees along the embankment while the children play on the swings, slides and roundabout.
2. Visit the Aviation Museum to learn of South Africa’s flight history. The museum has several aircraft to explore, including an old restored Junkers plane. Restaurant on the premises.
3. Looking for a good investment? Visit the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of South Africa to view the exceptional young thoroughbred horses on sale. Qualifying foreign investors are given a subsidy as an incentive to purchase.
4. There are a number of high-end shopping centres around Germiston, namely the East Rand shopping centre, the Eastgate Mall and Bedford Centre. All have lavish stores, quality restaurants and movie theatres.
5. Emperor’s Palace Casino complex is a short drive from Germiston. Pop in to gamble, attend a theatrical event or chill in the cigar lounge. The venue has numerous restaurants, shopping facilities and alternate entertainment for the non-gambler.
6. Located on the banks of Germiston Lake, the Germiston Golf Club has an established 18-hole woodland golf course where visitors are welcome. Golf clubs can be hired and green fees are reasonably priced.
The OR Tambo International Airport is a mere 18km north of Germiston while chartered flights land and depart at the Rand Airport in the city. Car rental agencies are located at the airport and in Germiston, otherwise order a vehicle online. Metered taxis, shuttle service companies and Uber all operate in the area. For quick access to and from Johannesburg, use the Gautrain that can be boarded from the airport.
Did you know?
The world’s most widely held gold bullion coin, the Krugerrand, has been manufactured by Germiston’s Rand Refinery since 1967.
The Germiston Athletics Stadium is the home of the Moroka Swallows Football Club. Their nickname is The Birds and a regular saying amongst soccer fans is ‘Don’t follow me, follow The Birds'.