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Katlehong is located in Gauteng
Katlehong is located in South Africa
Katlehong is located in Africa
 Katlehong shown within Gauteng
Coordinates: 26°20′S 28°09′E / 26.333°S 28.150°E / -26.333; 28.150Coordinates: 26°20′S 28°09′E / 26.333°S 28.150°E / -26.333; 28.150
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality Ekurhuleni
Established 1945
 • Rasta Hlokomelo
 • Total 55.36 km2 (21.37 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 407,294
 • Density 7,400/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 98.4%
 • Coloured 0.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 37.1%
 • Sotho 22.4%
 • Xhosa 13.1%
 • Tsonga 9.7%
 • Other 17.7%
Postal code (street) 1431
PO box 1432
Website http://katlehong.co.za

Katlehong is a township located 35 km east of Johannesburg and south of Germiston between two other townships of Thokoza and Vosloorus next to the N3 highway in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality of Gauteng Province of South Africa.

Katlehong (place of success) was established in 1945 and has become a high-density area in Gauteng with 6 informal settlements in its southern part. There is serious overcrowding e.g. in each tiny yard, shacks are set up for rent - one toilet often serves five to six families. Despite being surrounded by an industrial area, there is a high level of unemployment. Katlehong is one of the most poorly served areas in Gauteng in terms of community development. Together with Thokoza and Vosloorus it forms the second biggest black township after Soweto.

As a historic site Katlehong together with Thokoza township share a region formerly known as Palmietfontein Airport, which was a wartime air force base converted to a temporary airport to serve Johannesburg whilst the new airport, Jan Smuts Airport (now OR Tambo International Airport) , was being built. Palmietfontein was transformed into a motor racing circuit for the 1956 Rand Grand Prix, which was won by Peter Whitehead. The township of Katlehong was eventually established on the site, although parts of the original runway are still visible on Google Maps to this day.

Famous residents[edit]

Katlehong is home and gave birth to some of the South Africa's celebrated personalities and sports players, notably:


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

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