Roodepoort

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Roodepoort
Roodepoort is located in South Africa
Roodepoort
Roodepoort
 Roodepoort shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°9′45″S 27°52′21″E / 26.16250°S 27.87250°E / -26.16250; 27.87250Coordinates: 26°9′45″S 27°52′21″E / 26.16250°S 27.87250°E / -26.16250; 27.87250
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Established 1884
Area[1]
 • Total 161.50 km2 (62.36 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 326,416
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 51.4%
 • Coloured 8.2%
 • Indian/Asian 4.0%
 • White 35.4%
 • Other 0.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 29.8%
 • Afrikaans 24.0%
 • Zulu 9.0%
 • Tswana 8.8%
 • Other 28.4%
Postal code (street) 1724
PO box 1725
Area code 011
Main Reef Road is an important East-West road linking up many suburbs of the City.

Roodepoort is an area in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Johannesburg's most famous botanical garden, Witwatersrand National Botanical Gardens (now renamed Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden), is located in Roodepoort. Formerly an independent municipality, Roodepoort became part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in the late 1990s, along with Randburg and Sandton.

Although Roodepoort has traditionally been regarded as being part of the West Rand, it was not made part of the West Rand District Municipality, instead being integrated into the City of Johannesburg Metropolitam Municipality, following the post-apartheid reorganisation of local government in the late 1990s.

In 1884, brothers Fred and Harry Struben, having discovered gold on the farm Wilgespruit at the western end of the Witwatersrand, were granted concessions to mine the area. When George Harrison's find at Langlaagte came to light and gold fever took hold, the Strubens brothers were joined by a swarm of gold diggers. Though the Confidence Reef bore little gold and their mine was unprofitable, the ramshackle town that grew around it became the Roodepoort Municipality in 1903. Incorporating the towns of Hamburg, Florida and Maraisburg, Roodepoort became a city in 1977.

Residential areas in the new developing parts of Roodepoort are expanding at a faster pace than anywhere else in South Africa[citation needed]. This growth is said[by whom?] to be fueled by various factors such as the fast growing Black middle class, the close proximity to other large Gauteng cities and established and advanced infrastructure.

City life[edit]

Westgate Mall is situated in West Roodepoort and is one of the 'Four Gates' to Johannesburg.

Roodepoort has a growing student population due to the presence of Monash University South Africa and has seen large population growth due to Johannesburg urban sprawl. Areas of interest for entertainment include the Featherbrooke Village shopping centre which is one of the student hotspots. Roodepoort has a wide variety of restaurants and shopping centres.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Roodepoort". Census 2011.