Boksburg is a town situated on the East Rand of Gauteng, ideally positioned between the N12 and N17 highways, offering visitors an easy commute to and from major towns, including Brakpan, Benoni, Germiston, Alberton, and Johannesburg.
Just a few kilometres from Johannesburg’s major airport, Boksburg is geared for tourism with many attractions that are well worth a visit. There are a number of historical buildings to explore and is the resting place of Chris Hani, leader of the South African Communist Party, and is also the birthplace of Gerrie “The Boksburg Bomber” Coetzee, former WB heavyweight Boxing Champion.
Boksburg is home to the very popular “beach within reach” Wild Waters Park with numerous fun-filled water slides and beach area as well as the 180 shop East Rand Mall and well-loved East Rand Flea Market. There are a range of recreational activities from Bokkie Park where kids can feed farmyard animals to Emperors Palace Casino and Entertainment Centre just a few minutes for the Mall.
Boksburg offers accommodation to suit all budgets from luxury Hotels & Self-catering Apartments to comfortable B&B’s and Gust Houses.
Things to do and see
- Hechter-Shuiz Museum
- Old Boksburg Law Court
- All Angels Anglican Church
- Mount Mayhem Sandboarding
- Pet Masters Bird Park
- Wild Waters Water Park
- Le Grange Bird Park
- Bokkie Park
- Brothers Brewery
- East Rand Flea Market
- East Rand Mall
- Emperors Palace Casino, Kempton Park
- ERPM Golf Course
Boksburg receives approximately 708 mm of rain annually with the majority falling during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 21˚C.
Boksburg is one of those towns which was kickstarted by the discovery of gold along the East Witwatersrand – it was founded in 1887 as the Administrative Centre of the East Rand and named after the State Secretary of the South African Republic, W. Eduard Bok. Boksburg is today the second oldest town of the Witwatersrand.
Coal was the most important mining operation, but some gold mining also took place. Towards the 20 th century, the economy of the town diversified to incorporate manufacturing of railroad equipment, electrical and metal goods, clay products, canned foods, and refined petroleum. The town’s accessibility was enhanced by the railway line put in from Boksburg to Johannesburg in 1890.
In 1903 Boksburg became a municipality, which was later incorporated into the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality after the introduction of non-racial local government across South Africa in 2001.
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