Meyerton, Gauteng

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Meyerton
Loch street in Meyerton
Loch street in Meyerton
Meyerton is located in Gauteng
Meyerton
Meyerton
Meyerton is located in South Africa
Meyerton
Meyerton
Coordinates: 26°33′30″S 28°01′11″E / 26.5583°S 28.0197°E / -26.5583; 28.0197Coordinates: 26°33′30″S 28°01′11″E / 26.5583°S 28.0197°E / -26.5583; 28.0197
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceGauteng
DistrictSedibeng
MunicipalityMidvaal
Established1891
Area
 • Total180.24 km2 (69.59 sq mi)
Population
(2011)[1]
 • Total55,283
 • Density310/km2 (790/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African49.3%
 • Coloured1.2%
 • Indian/Asian0.5%
 • White48.6%
 • Other0.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans42.2%
 • Sotho23.2%
 • English11.9%
 • Zulu9.1%
 • Other13.7%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
1961
PO box
1960
Area code016

Meyerton is a small town lying 15 km north of Vereeniging in Gauteng, South Africa. It is situated in the local municipality of Midvaal and the district municipality of Sedibeng.

History[edit]

Meyerton was established in 1891 and was named after Johannes Petrus Meyer, a field cornet and member of the Transvaal Volksraad. It acquired municipal status in 1961.

Since 2001, Meyerton has been the administrative centre for the Midvaal Local Municipality.[2] Many projects have been undertaken to develop the area in the past 14 years.

Some of these projects, include:

  • Development of Sicelo, a new neighbourhood for low-cost housing
  • The R59-Corridor, a new development of factories and logistics facilities.
  • Heineken International, Amsterdam announced on 26 March 2008[needs update] that it will build its new South African brewery in the Midvaal Municipal Area, between Vereeniging and Alberton, south of Johannesburg.[3]

Suburbs[edit]

Meyerton consists of the CBD, residential suburbs, industrial areas and farming communities. Some of the prominent neighbourhoods are;

  • Golfpark
  • Meyerton Ext 6
  • Meyerton Ext 4
  • Meyerton Ext 3
  • Sicelo
  • Henley-on-Klip
  • Boltonwold
  • Riversdal
  • Rothdene
  • Kookrus
  • Glen Donald
  • McKay Estates
  • Risiville
  • Valley settlements

Interesting facts[edit]

Meyerton is often reported as being the home of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls which officially opened in January 2007 at Henley-on-Klip, but Henley on Klip is in fact separated from Meyerton. Henley on Klip is a small village and a bird sanctuary outside of Meyerton.

Meyerton is the location of SABC shortwave broadcasting facilities at Bloemendal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Meyerton". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Midvaal Local Municipality". Midvaal.gov.za. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  3. ^ [1] Archived February 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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