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Randburg

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Country  South Africa
Area  167.98 km2
Language spoken  English

Randburg in the past, History of Randburg
Points of interest  Northcliff, Johannesburg Zoo, South African National Museum of Military History, Zoo Lake, Johannesburg Botanical Garden

Map of Randburg

Randburg is an area located in the north west of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Formerly a separate municipality, its administration devolved to the newly created City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, along with neighbouring Sandton and Roodepoort, in the late 1990s. During the transitional period of 1996-2000, Randburg was part of the Northern Metropolitan Local Council (MLC).

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Randburg in the past, History of Randburg

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History

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Randburg was founded as a town in 1959, as the amalgamation of 32 suburbs, northwest of Johannesburg. Although economically linked to Johannesburg, residents chose to create their own town council. The name Randburg was chosen in a competition, and is derived from the South African Rand currency, which was introduced at around the same time that the new municipality was established in 1959. Randburg was a stronghold of the National Party during the apartheid era.

The resident demographic of Randburg tends to be more affluent than most of Johannesburg. The area was declared as a white area during the Apartheid era, but post-apartheid has attracted a varied population. It is still predominated by white English and Afrikaans suburban citizens.

Suburbs

The municipal area of Randburg contains numerous suburbs; many of these are residential. Some larger areas include:

  • Aldara Park
  • Blairgowrie
  • Bordeaux
  • Boskruin
  • Bromhof
  • Cosmo City
  • Cresta
  • Darrenwood
  • Fairlands
  • Ferndale
  • Jukskei Park
  • Kensington 'B'
  • Malanshof
  • Northriding
  • Northwold
  • Olivedale
  • Randpark Ridge
  • Robindale
  • Robin Hills
  • Windsor East
  • Windsor West
  • A number of Johannesburg suburbs including Parkhurst, Parkwood, Emmarentia, Linden, Northcliff, and Greenside although erroneously included by Google Maps as part of Randburg have never been part of the area

    Economy

    Multichoice and its associated companies, M-Net and SuperSport, have their head offices in Randburg.

    The central business district of Randburg had fallen into decay starting in the 1990s, and plans were made to revive the CBD by the Johannesburg municipality.

    Strijdom Park is a well developed commercial/light industrial area in Randburg, wedged between the N1 Western Bypass and Malibongwe Drive. Strijdom park has a substantial auto sales and repair industry and has several other small industries that service the whole of northern Johannesburg.

    Randburg has faced competition from Sandton which is normally the preferred location for businesses but offers lower rentals and property prices whilst providing easy transportation to the west and central Johannesburg. There are future plans to connect Randburg onto the Gautrain routes.

    Shopping

    Randburg is well known for its plethora of shopping malls and entertainment nodes.

    Malls

  • Northgate Mall
  • Cresta Shopping Centre
  • Brightwater Commons
  • Randburg Square (formerly Sanlam Shopping Centre)
  • Shopping Centres

  • Appletons Village
  • Banbury Cross Village
  • Blairgowrie Plaza
  • Bram Fischer Shopping Center
  • Boskruin Village
  • Bromhof Village Centre
  • Brightwater Commons
  • Ferndale Shopping Centre
  • Lifestyle Garden Centre
  • Northlands Deco Park
  • Randridge Mall
  • Windsor Glen
  • Hotels

  • The Fairway Hotel and Spa
  • Randburg Inn & Towers Hotel
  • Road Lodge
  • Mercure Inn
  • Hotel Apollo
  • Education

    Randburg has many quality schools within its borders and in the nearby areas. The following are just a few of the many:

    Colleges

  • Damelin Randburg
  • CTI Randburg (Robin Acres)
  • Boston City Campus and Business College
  • College Campus
  • AAA School of Advertising
  • Vega School of Brand Leadership (Bordeaux)
  • Technisa - South West Gauteng College (Bordeaux)
  • Global Prospectus Development Institute
  • High Schools

  • Aurora Private School
  • King's School (also primary level)
  • St Stithians College (also primary level)
  • Ferndale High School (also primary level)
  • HoĆ«rskool Randburg (Fontainebleau)
  • Linden HoĆ«rskool
  • Radley Private High School (Ferndale, also primary level)
  • Trinity House School, Johannesburg (also primary level)
  • Randpark High School, Randpark Ridge
  • Primary Schools

  • I.R. Griffith Primary School (Blairgowrie)
  • Blairgowrie Primary School
  • Risidale Primary School
  • Sharonlea Primary School
  • Bordeaux Primary School
  • Randpark Primary School
  • North West Christian School
  • Laerskool Unika
  • Laerskool Louw Geldenhuys
  • Health Services

  • Olivedale Clinic
  • Medi-Cross Clinic
  • Randburg Clinic
  • Randburg Day Clinic
  • References

    Randburg Wikipedia


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