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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 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.
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