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
Meyerton is located in Africa
Meyerton
Meyerton
 Meyerton shown within Gauteng
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
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
District Sedibeng
Municipality Midvaal
Established 1891
Area[1]
 • Total 180.24 km2 (69.59 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 55,283
 • Density 310/km2 (790/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 49.3%
 • Coloured 1.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 48.6%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 42.2%
 • Sotho 23.2%
 • English 11.9%
 • Zulu 9.1%
 • Other 13.7%
Postal code (street) 1961
PO box 1960
Area code 016

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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