|• Total||20.03 km2 (7.73 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,500/km2 (6,400/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||20.5%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Northern Sotho||2.0%|
|Postal code (street)||1609|
Modern Edenvale has become a very well known part of Ekurhuleni. It lies about halfway between the O.R. Tambo International Airport and the Johannesburg city centre and is located 12km by road from Sandton and about 9km from the closest Gautrain station.
Edenvale is a very quiet town which ranges from the middle class areas such as Eastleigh and Croyden to the upper class areas such as Dowerglen and Eden Glen. Much of that has changed as it has been widely diversified by Southern African foreigners, mainly: Zimbabweans, Zambians and Malawians. It also hosts a large population of Portuguese and Italian inhabitants.
It started out in 1903, after the Anglo Boer War as a small settlement named Rietfontein which sprung up around the Rietfontein Gold Mine. It was made a municipality in 1942. It was initially populated by Cornish mineworkers.
In 1995, after the local government elections, Edenvale was amalgamated with some surrounding areas, including Modderfontein, Rabie Ridge Extensions 4 and 5, Chloorkop and the western part of Tembisa to form the Lethabong municipality, as part of the short-lived transitional Khayalami Metropolitan Council, which also included Midrand and Kempton Park/Tembisa. This arrangement ended in 2000, and Edenvale is now part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, which includes much of the East Rand, while Modderfontein and Rabie Ridge became part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.
In the recent five to six years the area to the north of Edenvale (Modderfontein) has expanded significantly. Two malls have been erected, Greenstone and Stoneridge mall, as well as an array of complexes and townhouses, in an area now called Greenstone Hill and Greenstone Park, just above Illiondale. This recent, yet rapid influx of infrastructure and added commercial business has bankrupted businesses in Van Riebeeck avenue (also known as Edenvale town) forcing numerous store owners to liquidate their capital investments.
A history of Edenvale: http://www.sahometraders.co.za/south-africa/Gauteng/Witwatersrand/Edenvale.asp