The mining financier J B Robinson bought the farm Randfontein (fountain of the ridge) during the scramble for properties immediately after the 1886 discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand.

The purchase paid off handsomely and in 1889 he floated the Randfontein Estates Gold Mining Company.

The town of Randfontein was created in 1890 to serve the mine. Originally the town was administered as part of Krugersdorp but it became a municipality in 1929.

There are recreational areas at Riebeeck and Robinson Lakes.

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