Randburg is an area located in the Gauteng province of 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).[2]

Randburg
Beverley Gardens, Randburg
Beverley Gardens, Randburg
Randburg is located in Gauteng
Randburg
Randburg
Randburg is located in South Africa
Randburg
Randburg
Randburg is located in Africa
Randburg
Randburg
Coordinates: 26°5′37″S 28°0′23″E / 26.09361°S 28.00639°E / -26.09361; 28.00639Coordinates: 26°5′37″S 28°0′23″E / 26.09361°S 28.00639°E / -26.09361; 28.00639
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceGauteng
MunicipalityCity of Johannesburg
Main PlaceJohannesburg
Area
 • Total167.98 km2 (64.86 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total337,053
 • Density2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African36.8%
 • Coloured11.6%
 • Indian/Asian7.5%
 • White45.7%
 • Other1.5%
First languages (2011)
 • English52.0%
 • Afrikaans17.6%
 • Zulu6.6%
 • Tswana4.1%
 • Other19.6%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
2194
PO box
2125
Area code011

HistoryEdit

Randburg was founded as a town in 1959,[3]: 292  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.[4] Like other affluent northern suburbs of Johannesburg, the area was regarded as relatively liberal and elected Democratic Party members of parliament. As Apartheid ended, it became more supportive of F. W. de Klerk's reform-minded National Party.[5][6][7] In 1962, it became a municipality.[3]: 292 

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. In 2001, it was still predominantly occupied by white English and Afrikaans suburbanites.[8]

SuburbsEdit

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

A number of Johannesburg suburbs including Parkhurst, Parkwood, Emmarentia, Linden, Northcliff, and Greenside[9] although erroneously included by Google Maps[10] as part of Randburg have never been part of the area.[8]

EconomyEdit

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,[11] and plans were made to revive the CBD by the Johannesburg municipality.[12]

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.

ShoppingEdit

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

MallsEdit

Shopping CentresEdit

HotelsEdit

EducationEdit

Randburg has many schools within its borders and in the nearby areas.

CollegesEdit

High schoolsEdit

Primary schoolsEdit

  • Bordeaux Primary School
  • Blairgowrie Primary School
  • I.R. Griffith Primary School (Blairgowrie)
  • Laerskool Fontainebleau
  • Laerskool Louw Geldenhuys
  • Laerskool Unika
  • North West Christian School
  • Rand Park Primary School
  • Risidale Primary School
  • Spark schools Blairgowrie and Ferndale
  • St Stithians College (Preparatory school)

SportEdit

Notable residentsEdit

  • Pastor Ray McCauley (born 1 October 1949), well known for his participation against the apartheid movement and his engagement to the new South Africa. He is the founder of Rhema family church.[citation needed]
  • Gift Ngoepe (born 1990), baseball infielder

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Randburg". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Overview". Johannesburg Development Agency. 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  3. ^ a b Joyce, Peter (1989). The South African family encyclopaedia. Internet Archive. Cape Town : Struik Publishers. ISBN 978-0-86977-887-6.
  4. ^ "History of Randburg". www.amethyst.co.za.
  5. ^ "city of Johannesburg - Randburg streets get freedom names".
  6. ^ Ottaway, David (14 August 1992). "CHANGES IN SOUTH AFRICA ARE LESS THAN THEY SEEM". The Washington Post. p. 1. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  7. ^ sahoboss (16 March 2011). "National Party wins two-horse-race by-election in Randburg".
  8. ^ a b "Census 2001 — Main Place "Randburg"". census.adrianfrith.com.
  9. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps.
  10. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps.
  11. ^ "Info" (PDF). www.jda.org.za. 2011.
  12. ^ "Enabling all Africans to invest in stock markets". 4 May 2017.