Germiston, on the East Rand in the Province of Gauteng, South Africa is situated 26 km outside of Johannesburg City Centre.

Germiston city is home to the worlds’ largest gold refinery and some 700 factories of which are also some of the biggest in the world. It is South Africa’s sixth largest city and boasts the country’s biggest railway junction.

Although Germiston is largely an industrial area, it is close to shopping malls and has a variety of fine restaurants, sporting activities and historical experiences for tourists and businessmen alike to enjoy. The Germiston Lake is a popular weekend spot for wind surfing and rowing competitions.

Places to Visit

Things to do and see

Germiston has many suitable accommodation establishments ranging from affordable to exclusive. Caravan & Camping sites, B&B’s, self-catering, Guest houses and Hotels can be found in the area.

Climate

Germiston has warm, wind free summer days and crisp clear winter afternoons.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 26˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 19˚C.

Transport

There are Domestic and International flights into Johannesburg’s O R Tambo Airport. Taxis, Hotel transfers and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.

Festivals

September – Festival of Wood: A family event with demonstrations and anything to do with woodmaking

September – Ekuruleni Family Spring Carnival: To be held at Germiston Lake.

More festivals can be attended in the surrounding areas of Johannesburg.

History

Germiston was established in the early days of the gold rush when two prospectors, John Jack and August Simmers found gold on the farm of Elandsfontein. The town grew very quickly near the mine and John Jack named the area Germiston after his home farm of the same name in Glasgow. In 1921 the worlds’ largest Gold Refinery was established, Rand Refinery in Germiston and today 70% of the worlds’ gold passes through this refinery.

Notable people who come from Germiston are Helen Suzeman, politician and anti-apartheid activist and world famous golfer, Ernie Els.

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