Vereeniging is a flourishing industrial centre, responsible for manufacturing cables, farm equipment, bricks, tiles and processed lime. It is also light-heartedly known as the city with the most car dealerships per square metre in the country.
The town however, is much more than its industry and is a favourite destination for water-sport enthusiasts where water activities such as jet-skiing, fishing or just cruising in a boat on the Vaal Dam is the order of the day. The tree-lined banks are scattered with braai’s and picnic blankets over weekends and public holidays.
Vereeniging also offers other activities if water sports is not your thing. Take a tour of the Klip River Terrace, one of the most valuable archaeological sites in the world where implements from the Stone Age have been uncovered. Expolore the Three Rivers Hiking Trails or enjoy a peaceful outing with butterflies!
The area offers numerous accommodation options from hotels, guest houses, self-catering units and B&B’s to lodges and camping and caravan parks.
Things to do and see
- Jabulani Butterfly Garden
- Orange Farm Park
- Vaal Teknorama Museum
- Anglo-Boer War Blockhouse
- Sharpeville Memorial
- Vaal Dam
- Three Rivers Hiking Trail
- De Kraal Antiques & Collectables
- River Square Shopping Centre
- Maccauvlei Golf Course
- Riveira on Vaal Country Club
Vereeniging receives approximately 559 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 17˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Johannesburg’s, O R Tambo International Airport and Lanseria Airport approximately 66 km’s away via the R59. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
Vereeniging was founded in 1892 on the northern loop of the Vaal River and much of its growth was due to the nearby coal mines. Giant thermal power stations in the Vaal Triangle convert local coal and the water of the river into electricity for transmission through the national grid.
It was Sammy Marks, a 19th-century agricultural, industrial and mining entrepreneur, who foresaw the area’s potential and persuaded an early band of pioneers to come and develop the whole region. The Ditsong Sammy Marks Museum, Zwartkoppies Hall, a Victorian mansion about 23 km outside Pretoria, is well worth a visit.
The name Vereeniging is derived from the Afrikaans/Dutch word meaning "association" or "union". The city is well known for being the location where the Treaty of Vereeniging ending the Second Boer War (1899-1902) was negotiated. During this conflict, a concentration camp was set up by the British military in the area.
Although the Treaty was named after Vereeniging, the Treaty of Vereeniging was actually signed at Melrose House, Pretoria.
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