Germiston earns its place as a popular residential destination
Category Suburb News
If Germiston is on your radar as your next residential address, we have good news for you. This town has become one of the most beloved residential destinations in South Africa owing to its central location, ample job opportunities, unique attractions and beautiful homes. The reasons residents love living here are endless!
A quick background ...
Germiston forms part of Gauteng's East Rand region - it is centrally positioned to a number of cities and this is a big plus for residents who love the convenience of easy travelling. It is home to the Rand Airport and lies just 30 minutes away from the business hub of Sandton and 22 minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport. It falls under the City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and functions as the municipal seat in this region.
Germiston is South Africa's sixth-largest city - its growth is owed greatly to its early beginnings when gold was discovered here in 1886. Shortly after this, it officially became a town and achieved city status in 1950. Today, 70% of the gold that's imported to the western world passes through Germiston's gold refinery. Considering this, the industry plays a major role in the local economy and job creation.
Those living in Germiston say they enjoy the close-knit community feel and the friendly atmosphere. When it comes time to work or study, most residents commute to and from Johannesburg, while those who work in the city, are usually employed in the mining industry. However, Germiston has a well-established industrial sector beyond the mines that predominantly include manufacturing, distribution and railway workshops - these play a big role in employment as well.
More than this, the economy in Germiston is quickly becoming more sophisticated with tertiary jobs coming to the fore. The corporate sector is expanding with many opportunities for those with university qualifications in business management, legal services, internet marketing and engineering to name a few.
But, of course, Germiston is not only about work and no play - there are plenty of attractions that residents enjoy on weekends and holidays. First up is Germiston Lake which is the perfect picnic spot for family and friends. The lake is surrounded by recreational parks which together span up to an incredible, 1572ha. It is complete with designated picnic areas, walkways, an outdoor gym, and watersport activities. A major event that takes place every year here is the Family Braai Picnic & Colour Festival where visitors can enjoy good food, drinks, music and non-toxic colour powder. There are also plenty of activities for the little ones.
Golf is a popular sport among the residents of Germiston who regularly "tee-off" at the Germiston Country Club. The country club is exceptionally located along Victoria Lake and features a challenging 18-hole Par 72. It is renowned for its well-maintained lawns, sculpted bunkers and tall woodlands trees that make for breath-taking views as golf enthusiasts try for a "hole in one".
For those who are looking for more adrenaline, many residents enjoy experiencing Germiston from a birds-eye-view through Classique Aviation. Based in Rand Airport, Classique Aviation offers flights over the city through various packages such as a 30-minute sunset helicopter flip over downtown Johannesburg and "helicopter picnics" where passengers are flown to a scenic location for an unforgettable picnic.
The future of Germiston is promising, primarily because it is part of the government's 2030 Master Plan which aims to reduce poverty and inequality by 2030. It aims to grow an inclusive economy, build capabilities, enhance the capacity of the state, and promote leadership and partnerships throughout society.
For those who are on the lookout for a home in Germiston, we at CSi Property Group will be your property guide throughout this city. From freestanding homes and estates to apartments, duplexes and complexes - we have it all. Speak to us today to find out more.
Author: CSi Property Group