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GermistonGermiston, East Rand, Gauteng Province is South Africa's sixth largest city with 70% of the western world's gold passing through its gold refinery. It also boasts South Africa's biggest railway junction and the busiest civil airport, Rand Airport.
Germiston was established in the early days of the gold rush when two prospectors, namely John Jack from the farm of Germiston near Glasgow and August Simmer from Vacha in Germany, struck paydirt on the farm of Elandsfontein. John Jack called the place Germiston after his childhood home near Glasgow, and the town sprung up next to the mine.
In 1921 the world's largest gold refinery known as the Rand Refinery, was established here. After that, Germiston experienced phenomenal growth and development. Many other mining ventures followed and Germiston`s growth was generated by supplementary industrial requirements.
In the 1960's Germiston was represented at soccer by Germiston Callies F.C.
Germiston is today part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality which includes much of the East Rand and is also part of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area. Interestingly, quite a few notable people come from Germiston including Andre Watson who was a Rugby Referee, Dr Sydney Brenner, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; and the famous golfer Ernie Els.
Germiston is predominantly an industrial area with over 700 factories, it is minutes away from large shopping malls and boasts a few superb entertainment facilities. Rand Airport offers great opportunities for development, because of its prime position in the centre of the country's industrial heartland and the government's growth zone. Exciting new development projects are currently being mooted. Other important business areas include Alrode, Meadowdale and Wadeville.
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