Boksburg is a suburb situated on the East Rand of Gauteng, South Africa. Originally Boksburg was established to serve the surrounding gold mines and was named after the State Secretary of the South African Republic, Eduard Bok. The Main Reef Road linked Boksburg to all the other major mining towns on the Witwatersrand and the Angelo Hotel was used as a production post.
Boksburg is now part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, which includes most of the East Rand. Interestingly, the Mining Commissioner Montague White built a large dam which remained empty for years. It was nicknamed “White’s Folly” until a flashflood in 1889 silenced all critics. It became what is now known as the Boksburg Lake. This spectacular lake is over 150,000 sqm and is surrounded by lawns, trees and terraces. This is a popular boating, fishing, watersport and hiking destination for many, young and old. The scenery is lovely and many families enjoy blissful and entertaining days there.
Boksburg is any shoppers delight. It has the East Rand Mall which is one of the most popular and biggest malls in Johannesburg where you can find just about anything – and if you cannot find it there, you will surely find it at the Boksburg Indoor Flea Market, opposite the Pick’n Pay entrance of the Mall. The East Rand Shopping Mall offers all the chain shops, restaurants and Ster-Kinekor movies. Boksburg also has Wild Waters, a water park, with plenty of water fun such as water slides and 8 other water activities. You will never be bored in Boksburg!
For fun family outings, why not visit the Bokkie Park. This beautiful area offers children fun farm experiences, such as milking cows and feeding the different animals. In addition, one can visit the Le Grange Bird Park which affords one the opportunity to explore the diverse range of vibrant birds in this area. For history buffs, there are numerous historical buildings to see. These include the Old Post Office built in 1898, the Law Court built in 1890, St Michaels and All Angles Anglican Church which was designed by the Sir Herbert Baker as well as a few gold mines.
Boksburg also has a library of note with a great reference library which is still being used by students.
Boksburg has numerous attractive and tree-lined suburbs with a wide variety of amenities and shopping malls. It has a strong suburban character, quite unlike many other East Rand Towns. The main suburbs in this area: Beyers Park, Bardene, Ravenswood, Impala Park, Witkoppie Ridge, Atlasville, Sunward Park, Freeway Park, Farrar Park, Cinderella, Libradene, Witfield, Ravensklip, Jansen Park, Jan Smutsville, Dayan Glen, Morgan Ridge, Comet, Bartlett, Parkdene, Parkrand and Everleigh.
Atlasville is a well established area and there are a few new developments. Many residents have been living in their homes for many years; they have renovated and added on to extend their homes which is an indication of how much they want to stay in the area! The suburb is mainly made up of houses although there are some townhouse complexes close to the Atlas Mall. This mall has a Spar, Ackermans, Pep, Clicks and a restaurant which boasts the best ribs in town, to name but a few of the outlets. If you are interested in beading, there is a shop there where you can get lessons and supplies.
Diagonally opposite the mall is a petrol station and a restaurant/pub, along with a post office, a sports bar and Steers. A DVD outlet is conveniently located next to Steers. Across the road from the Mall one can find tennis and netball courts and a public swimming pool. Public transport is easily accessible.
Clearwater Estate is a reasonably new, walled and boomed off area in which you can find houses and townhouses. There is a clubhouse for residents with a gym and tennis courts.
There is a wonderful park running through Atlasville where you and your children and the family pet will have endless hours of fun. A park with swings and slides plus a round about will entertain the kids too. There is a large and popular green grocer in Atlasville as well.
Ashton International College, an English medium school, can be found in Venus Street. There is also a day care centre, Micky Mouse Nursery school, for pre school children.
Homestead Lake is the adjacent suburb of Alphen Park where you can join the local yacht club.
Main roads running through this suburb are Reier, Mercury, Brentwood Park and Atlas. The N12 is easy to access. The OR Tambo International Airport is very close by, as is “Emperor’s Palace Casino” – both are easy to find. The area is however not in the flight path of the aeroplanes. Should you be working at the airport or close by, then Atlasville is the best place to start when looking for a place to stay.
Bardene and Bartlett are very popular areas due to their location. Many young folk staying in the many new townhouse complexes which have been built. Bardene is mainly a residential area except for the commercial property down North Rand Road. The OR Tambo International Airport as well as the Emperor’s Palace and Casino are easily accessible from these areas.
Bardene has two main roads running through it – North Rand and Trichardt. Bartlett has a few more main roads ie Atlas, North Rand, Lakefield and Elizabeth. The N12 is easy to get to from both areas by getting onto Atlas Road.
There is a school in Bartlett: Woodlands International College. Elridge Corner is in Elizabeth Road, it is a new shopping mall which has a branch of Checkers, a Woolworths Food outlet plus a few more chain stores.
There is a very good spa in Elizabeth Road which has something for everyone.
The East Rand Mall and the K90 centre are minutes away from these suburbs. The gym is there for active people and the Bingo halls for the not so active.
On North Rand road there are plenty of restaurants and retail outlets ranging from home décor, vehicles, gardens, pets, accommodation and food. Restaurants include the Spur, Jimmy’s Killer Prawns and News Café, to name but a few. There is also a popular pool hall.
A much loved and visited centre is Flora Farm which caters for all ones gardening requirements and then some. Their selection of pots is phenomenal and their Christmas exhibition must be seen every year!
The Benoni Medicross is also to be found along North Rand Road as is the Fire Station.
Beyers Park is a very well established area – the streets have lovely old trees lining them. There are a few townhouse complexes as well as many modern and upmarket cluster developments. There are a few new developments happening in this area.
There are school in the area such as Laërskool Westwood and a few day care centres too.
It is easy to access the N12 from this area as well. The East Rand Mall is minutes away.
There are parks and dams in the area where you can walk your dog or go on family picnics. Westwood Terrace is on Atlas Road, it is a small shopping mall with a Spar plus many other outlets as well as the Adega Restaurant where you can enjoy a lovely meal. Nandos is also located in the Terrace.
Mikes Kitchen is just around the corner, opposite the school and it has been there for many, many years, with specials on all the time.
Cinderella, Parkdene and Libradene are small residential areas that are well established. It consists of houses, new and old and most owners have been there for many years, renovating and extending. There are a few townhouse and cluster complexes.
The closest primary school is Parkdene Primary. There is a day care centre called Teddy Tales. The Bokkie Park is close by, to be found on Trichardt Road. Children can go there to feed the animals and it is a popular kiddies party venue.
Cinderella Dam is a lovely spot and there you will find the East Rand Yachting Club.
There is a small shopping complex in Parkdene but the closest large shopping mall is the East Rand Mall. There is a post office, traffic department and fire station.
Main roads are Dudley Smith, Trichardt and Rondebult. Taking either one of the last two mentioned, one can access the N17. Public transport is very accessible in these areas. The Boksburg Public Library is just up the road in Trichardt Road and any book lover will be able to read to their heart’s content. Right next to the Library is the Boksburg Lake where you can enjoy the outdoors in warmer weather.
Comet is an older area with houses, clusters and townhouse complexes. There is a really lovely park where children can enjoy themselves on jungle gyms and slides.
A church in Rondebult Road has English and Afrikaans services.
The East Rand Mall is minutes away. The ERPM Golf Course and Golf Estate is popular.
There are two primary schools close by in Ravenswood: Martin Primary and Laërskool Hennie Basson. A few day care centres can be found here. There is a police station on Trichardt Road.
Main roads through Comet: Rondebult, Rietfontein, Paul Smit, Main Reef and Cason. Public transport is readily available.
Dayan Glen and Morgan Ridge have a few new developments going on now. There are many established townhouse complexes as well.
The East Rand Mall is close to these areas. There are parks and public tennis courts. A paintball course is close to the East Rand Mall as well.
There are schools: Hoërskool Dr. EG Jansen, and Laërskool Concordia.
The ERPM golf course can be found in Comet which is the neighbouring suburb.
The main roads through Comet are North Rand and Trichardt. The N12 is easily accessible as well. Public transport is readily available.
Freeway Park and Farrar Park is a well established residential area. There are cluster and townhouse complexes as well.
The school is called Freeway Park Primary School. There are day care centres. The closest high schools are in Sunward Park.
There are a few small shopping complexes in the area but you will have to travel to the East Rand Mall or to Sunward Park if you are looking for a larger shopping mall. There is a church and vet in Freeway Park. The Boksburg Cubs can also be found here. Cinderalla Dam is just up the road where you can join the East Rand Yacht Club or if you are not feeling so adventurous, you can enjoy a relaxed picnic next to the waters edge.
Both these areas are close to the N17 highway. Kingfisher road is the main road linking Sunward Park to Freeway Park.
Impala Park and Witkoppie Ridge are right next door to each other and is an established area. The residential area is made up of houses, townhouses and cluster complexes. There is also a retirement village.
Impala Park has residents who are extending and renovating their homes. There is also a lake in the suburb with leafy willows and plenty of bird life. It is really pretty in the summer.
A new shopping mall has recently popped up, Elridge Corner. There one can find Checkers, Clicks, Woolworths Food, a butchery and a few restaurants for the food connoisseurs to try out.
A nursery school of long standing exists. Woodlands International College and Summerfields Primary school are in this suburb as well.
Main roads through here are Elizabeth and Trichardt. Atlas Road is close by and this will get you to the N12 or the R21.
The OR Tambo International Airport is close by and easy to get to. For any person working at the airport or close to it, this area is the closest and the best area to look for a place to stay.
Ravenswood, Jansen Park and Everleigh are small but well established areas. There are some old houses in the area but many have been renovated and some have a more modern feel to them. This area also has plenty of townhouse and cluster complexes. All three suburbs are close to the East Rand Mall and K90 Centre.
Laerskool Concordia and Hoërskool Dr EG Jansen are the schools close by, as well as Damelin College. All suburbs have daycare centres. There are parks where young and old may enjoy the fresh outdoors.
There is a Post Net, Silver Pines Equestrian Centre, Flora Farm, Pet Masters, Fire Station, Boksburg Medicross and plenty more close by.
The airport is easy to access along the R21. Main roads are Rondebuolt, North Rand and Rietfontein. Public transport is available.
Sunward Park is an upmarket and sought after area. There are a few boomed off residential areas. Many lovely houses and cluster developments can be found in this area. There are also townhouse complexes. The area is very well established.
Sunward Park High School is one of a few schools in the area. There are English and Afrikaans schools as well as day care centres for the pre primary children.
Sunward Park Hospital is on Kingfisher road.
A country club may be found here where one can enjoy squash or cricket. There are many malls in the area to cater to every need. A large church is located on the corner of Kingfisher and Rondebult roads. Wonderful parks exist where one can go as a family to spend some quality time or to take the dogs for a walk. A driving range is there for any golfer who needs to practice a little.
The main roads through here: Barry Marais, Trichardt and Van Wyk Louw Drive.
Carnival City Casino is very close by to Sunward Park. A wide variety of entertainment is on offer.
Many churches, shops and doctors are available in the area.
A small airport is a few minutes away for those who have a small private plane which needs to be in a hangar close by. Public transport is available.
Witfield and Ravensklip are older, very well established areas. There are houses as well as new and old townhouse complexes plus some clusters.
There are two schools, Wit Deep Primary and Laerskool Witfield. There are also day care centres in the area.
There are plenty of activities to be found such as paintball which is close to the East Rand Mall and Wild Waters Water Park. On North Rand Road, minutes away, there are hotels and retail outlets galore as well as some wonderful restaurants.
Jet Park off and on ramps are very close by and one can access the N12 from here.
Pretoria Road is one of the main roads through the area and one can use this road to get to the R21 or the East Rand Mall.
You can find tennis courts, churches, a post office and Witfield Dam which has lovely big willow trees, ducks, geese and swans, and a lovely park in which to have a calm and relaxing day.