GP – Cities and Towns

Alberton

Alberton

Population nearly 122,000 People Elevation 1,570 m Area 77.16 km2 Makeup Black 26.5% Coloured 14.4% Indian/Asian 4.9% White 53.2% Other 0.9% At the age of 13 a boy by the name of Johannes Petrus Meyer bought 11 hectares of his father’s farm Elandsfontein. He later...

Benoni

Benoni

Population nearly 159,000 People Elevation 1,645 m Area 175.55 km2 Makeup Black 45.2% Coloured 2.1% Indian/Asian 13.9% White 38.1% Other 0.8% Benoni’s inauspicious beginnings date to 1881 when then surveyor-general of the Transvaal Republic Johan Rissik found it...

Boksburg

Boksburg

Population nearly 261,000 People Elevation 1,694 m Area 162.35 km2 Makeup Black 56.7% Coloured 11.6% Indian/Asian 2.5% White 28.4% Other 0.8% Prior to 1860, the present municipal area of Boksburg and its immediate environs comprised mainly the highveld farms called...

Brakpan

Brakpan

Population nearly 74,000 People Elevation 1,644 m Area 182.81 km2 Makeup Black 39.7% Coloured 2.5% Indian/Asian 4.1% White 53.3% Other 0.4% The name Brakpan comes from a small pan on a farm called Weltevreden, which was filled with very brackish water and was probably...

Bronkhorstspruit

Bronkhorstspruit

Population nearly 3,800 People Elevation 1,644 m Area 3.11 km2 Bronkhorstspruit is a small developing town 50 km east of Pretoria, Gauteng along the N4 highway towards Witbank. It lies on the border between the Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces. It also consists of...

Carletonville

Carletonville

Population nearly 24,000 People Elevation 1,541 m Area 35.14 km2 Makeup Black 70.1% Coloured 0.9% Indian/Asian 1.3% White 27.4% Other 0.4% Carletonville is a gold-mining town in western Gauteng South Africa. It is one of the richest gold-producing areas in the world....

Cullinan

Cullinan

Population nearly 9,000 People Elevation 1,476 m Area 55.66 km2 Makeup Black 64.3% Coloured 2.7% Indian/Asian 0.5% White 31.7% Other 0.8% In 1898 Sir Thomas Cullinan was handed a three carat diamond found along a farm fence. He studied the area and came to the...

Germiston

Germiston

Population nearly 256,000 People Elevation 1,620 m Area 143.27 km2 Makeup Black 62.3% Coloured 2.3% Indian/Asian 3.0% White 31.3% Other 1.1% It was established in the early days of the gold rush when two prospectors, John Jack from the farm...

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

Population nearly 36,000 People Elevation 1,482 m Area 40.26km2 Makeup Black 56.8% Coloured 1.8% Indian/Asian 3.2% White 37.3% Other 1.0% Heidelberg began in 1862 as a trading station built by a German, Heinrich Julius Ueckermann. A town was laid out around the store...

Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Population nearly 4,500,000 People Elevation 1,753 m Area 1,645 km2 Makeup Black 64.2% Coloured 13.9% Indian/Asian 6.7% White 13.9% Other 1.3% The region surrounding Johannesburg was originally inhabited by San people. By the 13th century, groups of Bantu-speaking...

Kempton Park

Kempton Park

Population nearly 172,000 People Elevation 1,676 m Area 149.05 km2 Makeup Black 46.6% Coloured 2.3% Indian/Asian 3.3% White 46.9% Other 0.9% Carl Friedrich Wolff was born on Christmas Eve 1851 in Kempten, the capital of the Austro-Bavarian district Allgäu in South...

Krugersdorp

Krugersdorp

Population nearly 141,000 People Elevation 1,713 m Area 247.22 km2 Makeup Black 42.3% Coloured 1.4% Indian/Asian 5.4% White 50.2% Other 0.8% Krugersdorp is the site of a December 1880 gathering at which more than 6,000 men vowed to fight for the Transvaal's...

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