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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Gauteng towns and suburbs


Akasia - Afrikaans name: Akasia

Akasia main road

Akasia

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Akasia is situated north-west of Pretoria. The land that it occupies was historically used for agricultural purposes but since its small start in 1904 it has grown to be a significant manufacturing area with a number of residential suburbs.

Rosslyn is a significant industrial area that provides jobs for many of the residents of Akasia. Tow of the main companies located in the area are Nissan South Africa and BMW South Africa. Each year a large number of motor vehicles are produced by these two plants.

The Magaliesberg "mountains" form a pleasing backdrop along the southern edge of the town.

See also: The Orchards and Chantelle

Akasia weather

AKASIA WEATHER

Akasia shopping mall

Above - Shopping mall in Akasia

Photo © Steven Herbert

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Bapsfontein - Afrikaans name: Bapsfontein

Bapsfontein

Bapsfontein

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Despite its proximity to major urban areas Bapsfontein maintains a rural village lifestyle.

The town is surrounded by rolling grasslands and the region is a fertile farming area. Various crops and vegetables are grown.

The grasslands and many rivers, streams and pans make for good bird-watching and birders are regular visitors to the area. It is also popular for horse-riding.

Bapsfontein weather

BAPSFONTEIN WEATHER

There are a number of farms near Bapsfontein that offer various types of accommodation.

Many people remember the old Bapsfontein Hotel with great fondness as it was a centre point for Country and Western Music, dances and much more.

Shopping Centre

A shopping centre in Bapsfontein

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Bapsfontein Hotel

In its day the Bapsfontein Hotel was a popular venue for Country and Western music in South Africa

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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Chantelle - Afrikaans name: Chantelle

Wooded streets in Chantelle

Chantelle

Photo © Steven Herbert

Chantelle is a small, predominently residential area, that forms part of Akasia. It has a population of around 5,000. Many of the residents work in the nearby industrial area Rosslyn.

Chantelle weather

CHANTELLE WEATHER

It is located to the north west of Pretoria.

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De Deur - Afrikaans name: De Deur

De Deur

De Deur

Photo © Johan van Zyl

De Deur is a small village located near Vereeniging in Gauteng.

It is known for its weekly flea market which attracts visitors from far afield.

There are a number of accommodation options in and around De Deur.

DE DEUR WEATHER

De Deur weather

Dutch Reformed Church

Dutch Reformed Church (1967)

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Car dealership

Car dealership

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Devon - Afrikaans name: Devon

Devon

Devon

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Devon is a village situated on the eastern border of the Gauteng province. It is named after the English county which is where the surveyor who laid out the town originally came from.

The grasslands near Devon are home to some threatened species of birds and have been declared an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. Large flocks of Blue Cranes arrive in the area in winter. Other species of interest are Blue Korhaan, Secretarybird, Black Harrier and Blackwinged Pratincole.

Devon weather

DEVON WEATHER

Farmers Association Hall

Farmers Association Hall

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Old tractors

Old tractors outside a workshop

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Devon shops

A collection of shops in Devon

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Cosmos

Cosmos flowers line the fields near Devon

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References and further reading

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 172

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 20

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Dunnottar - Afrikaans name: Dunnottar

Harvard III in Dunnottar town centre

A static display of a Harvard III in Dunnottar

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Gauteng

Dunnottar is a small settlement on the outskirts of Nigel in Gauteng province.

There are a number of birding spots in the surrounding area including Marievale Bird Sanctuary.

Nigel weather

NIGEL WEATHER

Dunnottar Hotel

Dunnottar Hotel

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Shops in Dunnottar

Dunnottar shops

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Kliprivier - Afrikaans name: Kliprivier

Kliprivier is a small village

Kliprivier

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Kliprivier is a small settlement located between Vereeniging and Henley on Klip.

The main item of interest to a visitor is the "Witkop Blockhouse". This blockhouse was built by the British army during the Anglo-Boer war and is one of around 50 left in South Africa. Sadly it, and the surrounding area, have not been well maintained and the state of the Witkop Blockhouse is of concern to many locals.

The Witkop Blockhouse

Witkop Blockhouse

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Linksfield - Afrikaans name: Linksfield

View from Linksfield

Linksfield with Sandton City in the background

Photo © Johan van Zyl

The town of Linksfield forms parts of the greater Johannesburg area. Many of the residents commute to work in Johannesburg and surrounding areas.

Linksfield is mainly a residential town and has many upmarket properties. There are plenty of malls and other facilities nearby. The OR Tambo airport is about 15 minutes away.

Attractions in the Linksfield area include Bruma Lake and a number of golf courses.

Linksfield weather

LINKSFIELD WEATHER

The town is situated in a convenient position to access many of the attractions in the Gauteng area.

Suburban area

Suburban area

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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Melville - Afrikaans name: Melville

Melville CBD

Melville

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Melville is a suburb of Johannesburg and is known for its many trendy restaurants and pubs.

The University of the Witwatersrand in located nearby and students are a common sight in the area.

One of the more unusual features in Melville is that many of the pubs and restaurants are still located on the main streets and not in malls as is the trend nowadays.

Melville weather

MELVILLE WEATHER

Melville is well-situated for tourists and there is plenty of accommodation available.

A visit to the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve is well worth it. Besides the many birds and animals that may be seen there are great views over the city.

Dutch Reformed Church

Above - Dutch Reformed Church

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Melville suburb

Above - Suburban area

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Decorated tree in Melville suburb

Above - Decorated tree in a suburb

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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North Riding - Afrikaans name: North Riding

North Riding street

North Riding

Photo © Steven Herbert

North Riding is a residential area of Randburg which, in turn, is part of Johannesburg. The area used to be known for its stables and equestrian pursuits but it is now a busy residential area.

The area got its name from one of the subdivisions of Yorkshire, England, going back hundreds of years.

North Riding is serviced by two main roads; Witkoppen Road and Malibongwe Drive. The Dome concert venue is nearby.

NORTH RIDING WEATHER

North Riding weather

References and further reading

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 154

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Norwood - Afrikaans name: Norwood

Norwood CBD

Norwood

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Norwood is a suburb of Johannesburg and it is known for its old homes, diverse cultures and good restaurants.

A number of homes built in the 1920's and 1930's still survive and have beautiful gardens adding to the beauty of Norwood.

There are many well-known and highly rated restaurants in the area. Many of them are located in Grant Avenue which has a vibrant atmosphere. There are also a number of coffee bars and boutiques.

Residents in Norwood represent many different cultures including Muslim, West African and Jewish.

Norwood weather

NORWOOD WEATHER

Norwood takes pride in its 'safe' environment which allows people to enjoy a quiet and more laidback style of life. The community policing programme assists in maintaining the security of the area.

Street cafe

Above - Street cafe in Norwood

Photo © Johan van Zyl

St Luke's Anglican Church

Above - St Luke's Anglican Church

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Norwood CBD area

Above - CBD area

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Orange Grove - Afrikaans name: Orange Grove

Orange Grove CBD

Orange Grove

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Orange Grove is one of the oldest suburbs of Johannesburg. It was originally known as "Lemoen Plaas" which is Afrikaans for "Orange Farm".

The name originates from orange trees that were planted in the area by J.C. Esterhuizen.

Orange Grove has had an Italian influence since the 1960's when it was known as "Little Italy" because of the high number of Italian immigrants that set up home in the area.

ORange Grove weather

ORANGE GROVE WEATHER

On the corner of Louis Botha Avenue and 9th Street is the Radium Beerhall which is believed to be one of the oldest pubs in the Johannesburg area. It started out as a tea room but was run as a beerhall since the 1940's.

Orange Grove

Above - Busy street in Orange Grove

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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Welbekend - Afrikaans name: Welbekend

A filling station and convenience store in Welbekend

Welbekend

Photo © Steven Herbert

The village of Welbekend is located at the junction of the R25 and M30 in eastern Gauteng. These roads are quite busy but I don't thing that too many drivers take notice of the small village as the race by.

The name Welbekend is Afrikaans for "well known" although I have been able to find out what it is well known for! The most obvious buildings are a filling station and church.

The surrounding area is good farming land and farms with cattle, sheep and other livestock can be seen.

Farm in Welbekend

Above - Welbekend is a farming community

Photo © Steven Herbert

Farm in Welbekend

Above - Wellknown Christian Centre

Photo © Steven Herbert

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