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Region A is the northern gateway to the city, combining the best of urban and rural living.

The western part of the region is characterised by open space and is predominantly made up of agricultural holdings and large tracts of undeveloped land.

Contact us
Midrand
300 15th Road Randiespark , Midrand.
Tel: 011 203-3605/3300

Rabie Ridge Customer Service Centre: Cnr Koraan & Kraai Avenue, Rabie Ridge.

Ivory Park Customer Service Centre: Erf 4326, Makaya Drive, Ivory Park.

Ivory Park Customer Service Centre 2: 1605 Bouganville Street, Ebony Park.

Diepsloot Customer Service Centre: 1443 Diepsloot West.

 

 

Settled areas include Dainfern, Farmall and Chartwell at the upper end of the socio-economic spectrum, and informal settlements such as Diepsloot at the lower end. Commercial interests are concentrated in Kya Sand, Lanseria and Fourways.

The area still has plenty of developmental opportunities to offer investors, and is home to Lanseria Airport, which is on the rise.

The eastern half of the region includes the fast-growing Midrand central business district, home of one of the city's prime conferencing sites, Gallagher Estate, the seat of the Pan African Parliament and Grand Central Airport.

Midrand also offers residents and visitors plenty in terms of entertainment and shopping. It includes many recently developed areas such as Vorna Valley, Glen Austin, Halfway Gardens, Halfway House Estate and Kyalami. Two substantial townships, Ebony Park and Ivory Park, are situated on the region's western and eastern borders.

The eastern part of the region is characterised by townhouse developments and cluster villages, as well as large agricultural holdings.

With easy access to the Johannesburg inner city, the West Rand, Pretoria central business district and Ekurhuleni, Region A is ideally placed for metropolitan economic development.
 


 


 

About Region A

 

Where we are

 Abigail Ndlovu

Regional Director

Region A borders Centurion (part of the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality) to the north and Mogale City (Krugersdorp) to the west. To the east is the township of Tembisa, part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and on the south it borders Alexandra, Sandton, Randburg and Roodepoort.
 


 

General description
The western part of the region consists of many agricultural holdings and farms, though there has been an increase in business and industrial nodes, as well as formal and informal residential areas.

Areas such as Fourways Gardens, Bloubosrand, Cedar Lakes and Dainfern contain affluent developments, mainly on single stands and at a low density. On the other hand, more than 70 percent of the population of Diepsloot lives in informal housing. Other informally settled areas include Riverbend and Zevenfontein.

Industrial developments are concentrated along Hans Strijdom Drive in Kya Sands, while major commercial activity takes place in Fourways to the south.

Rapidly growing Midrand is the main focus area in the eastern part of the region, with development originally confined along the old main road between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the K101.

The building of the Ben Schoeman highway between the two cities greatly improved accessibility to the region and resulted in an explosion of growth along the N1 corridor. Grand Central airport caters to Midrand and the surrounding areas.

The region also contains bird sanctuaries and the Diepsloot Nature Reserve, though this has yet to be fully utilised.

The main development in the eastern part of the region relates to the construction of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link that will make its way through Midrand, on its way from Marlboro to Centurion. A sizable station is to be developed near Grand Central Airport, along with residential and commercial developments around it.

A property developer has also announced the construction of a major "shoppertainment centre" in the immediate vicinity of the Midrand Gautrain station.

 


Demographic information

The region is home to more than 250 000 residents, most of whom are concentrated in Midrand. The western part of the region is scarcely populated, though some 56 000 people reside in the township of Deipsloot alone.

Unemployment levels in that settlement stand at over 50 percent and more than 70 percent of the residents live below the poverty line. In the Midrand area, approximately 70 percent of residents earn less than R2 500 a month, while 34 percent earn no income at all.

The population in the region is relatively young, with some 24 percent being between the ages of 20 and 29. While the formal residential areas are home to prosperous and well-educated residents, most of the people living in the townships and informal settlements are poor, with low levels of school education.

 


Key issues
There are two key issues in the region:

  • The development boom in the area comes with traffic congestion and roads in the Fourways and Sunninghill areas are under tremendous pressure. Also, the N1-Ben Schoeman highway which runs through Midrand is the busiest in Africa, handling up to 120 000 vehicles a day. The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) is busy installing a Highway Management System and introducing high occupancy lanes to reduce congestion on the road.
  • The development of Diepsloot is a major priority for the region and the City. The area is far from job opportunities for its residents and Diepsloot consists largely of informal housing, with extreme levels of poverty. The Cosmo City housing project aims to solve some of these inherent problems.
 

People's Centre

A People's Centre catering for the region has been established in Midrand to improve the City's service delivery.

Services available here include customer care, housing, trade licences and rates and taxes. The centre acts as an essential channel of communication between the community and the City administration.

Customer care is usually the first point of contact for visitors or callers. It handles general enquiries and complaints by telephone, e-mail, fax or face-to-face at the centre.

Brochures on the City of Johannesburg, maps and business directories as well as information on services, schools, restaurants, hotels and non-governmental organisations are available at the Region A People's Centre.


Business

The areas around Kya Sand along Hans Strijdom Drive are home to industries involving construction, building materials and electrical, machinery and engineering and automotive components.

It is also home to trade and financial institutions, though retail, office and entertainment space is concentrated around the Fourways node, at the intersection of Witkoppen Road and William Nicol Drive.

Easy access to both areas through the N1 Western Bypass and the lack of an overall plan for the node has led to ad hoc development.

The northern sections of Hans Strijdom and William Nicol drives also have a strong hospitality component, with a leading hotel and conference centre, as well as many guesthouses, restaurants and tea gardens.

The large open tracts of land are also subject to strong developmental pressure, while some illegal industrial activity also takes place on agricultural plots in the surrounding areas.

In the eastern part of the region is Midrand, one of the fastest economic growth points in the country. Strategically positioned between Johannesburg and Sandton to the south and Pretoria to the north, it attracts numerous investments in commerce and industry.

It is well connected to these areas through the Ben Schoeman highway (the N1) and the provincial K101 route, and is home to Grand Central Airport.

A high-tech development corridor, known informally as The Strip, is sandwiched between the two routes in Halfway House and hosts businesses in the information technology, communications, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronics, defence and aerospace sectors.

Development trends in the region are towards hi-tech business, logistics, warehousing and distribution-related businesses and office space provision. The Pan African Parliament is also located in the area.

It plays a vital role in the conferencing and hospitality industry, being home to venues such as Gallagher Estate, Kyalami Exhibition and Conference Centre and the Eskom Conference and Exhibition Centre – with about 40 hotels and other places of accommodation catering for visitors. 



Conference facilities and halls

Constantia Conference Centre
546 16th Road, Midrand
Tel: 011 315 0530

Edgecombe Conference Centre
126 Valley Road, Blue Hills
Tel: 011 468 3235

Eskom Conference Centre
Dale Road, Glen Austin, Midrand
Tel: 011 651 6111

 


 

Gallagher Estate
19 Richards Drive, Midrand
Tel: 011 266 3000

Kyalami Exhibition and Conference Centre
Allandale Road, Kyalami Circuit, Kyalami, Midrand
Tel: 011 466 2894

Midrand Conference Centre
661 Pendulum Road, Midrand
Tel: 011 315 8326

Q Data Conference Centre
789 16th Road, Halfway House, Midrand
Tel: 011 266 5111

 


 

Swiss Club
31 Moerdyk Street, Vorna Valley
Tel: 011 805 3039

Theatre on the Track
1 Monza Place, Kyalami Business Park, Kyalami
Tel: 011 466 1745

The Conference Park
234 Alexandra Avenue, Midrand
Tel: 011 805 0117

VW Conference Centre
114 16th Road, Halfway House, Midrand
Tel: 011 314 2577 


Services

Because of the recent nature of most of the developments in the northern parts of the city and rapid urban expansion, many areas in the region are poorly serviced and there is a need for increasing service provision.

The most pressing needs include providing educational facilities, increasing employment opportunities and creating local neighbourhood retail nodes. Also needed are public transport, water and sewage services.

A lack of schools in areas such as Diepsloot, Zevenfontein, Kaalfontein, Rabie Ridge and Ivory Park has put pressure and caused overcrowding on existing facilities in the area.

Public health facilities in the region include a mobile clinic that visits the Lanseria area and primary healthcare facilities in Diepsloot. The township also has a primary school and a sports precinct. A Multi-Purpose Community Centre in Ivory Park provides facilities for healthcare, developmental welfare, education and training and sports and recreation.

Clustering of social services at a single point of access is increasingly seen as the answer to solving capacity problems and providing communities with a full range of amenities, including social facilities.

However, the effects of HIV/Aids in the region has meant that health facilities have come under increasing pressure, leading to a need for an increased level of service provision and additional services such as counselling and support centres.

Several high quality schools and private medical facilities serve the more affluent areas. The Lonehill Fire Station services the region; there is no police station, although the possibility of a satellite station at Diepsloot is being investigated. 

 


 

Clinics

Libraries

Recreation centres

Swimming pools 


Attractions

A major advantage is the region's proximity to the Cradle of Humankind, a world heritage site that includes the Sterkfontein Cave, and high-quality accommodation in the surrounding areas.

Also in the region is the internationally known Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, the premier home of racing in Gauteng and formerly host of several editions of the South African Grand Prix.

Richard Loring's Sound Stage and the Theatre on the Track provide high quality live entertainment, and leisure time is also well served by several shopping centres and cinemas.

The Fourways Nature Reserve and the Lion Park are big attractions, while the Witkoppen Farm House is a national monument. There is also a nature reserve in Diepsloot, though public access is limited and it has yet to reach its full potential.

Bird lovers can visit the Glen Austin Bird Sanctuary and Lory Park Zoo, the latter housing the biggest display of exotic birds in South Africa and an owl sanctuary.

Country clubs in Dainfern and Fourways provide excellent sporting facilities, attracting golfers in particular, while horse riding has a high appeal in the rural fringes of the region. The area around Kyalami is especially famous for its dressage displays of the Lipizzaner horses.

Gallagher Estate and Vodaworld are two commercial centres that are well worth a visit and among the several venues that host exhibitions throughout the year.

At the other end of the spectrum, visitors in search of good shopping can make their way to Fourways, where plenty of entertainment opportunities are to be found in and around the gigantic shopping centre.

The poorer areas to the east of Midrand have fewer leisure amenities, but Ivory Park and Rabie Ridge have sports stadiums, while the latter also has a swimming pool 


 

Shopping centres

Boulders Shopping Centre
Old Pretoria Road, Midrand
Tel: 011 315 3345

Clayville Shopping Centre
Major Street, Olifants
Tel: 011 316 4116

Crowthorne Shopping Centre
Main Road, Crowthorne
Tel: 011 468 1913

Kyalami Shopping Centre
Dytchly Road, Kyalami
Tel: 011 466 2994/5

 


 

Midrand Village
Old Pretoria Road, Midrand
Tel: 011 805 2767

Midway Mews Shopping Centre
Harry Galaun Drive
Midrand
Tel: 011 805 4471

Noordwyk Shopping Centre
Lever Road
Noordwyk, Midrand
Tel: 011 318 1591

Olifantsfontein Centre
Main Road
Tel: 011 316 2221


 

Penny Lane Centre
Old Pretoria Road, Midrand
Tel: 011 286 7744/3

Vorna Valley Shopping Centre
Albertyn Road
Vorna Valley, Midrand
Tel: 082 776 5890

Waterval Centre
Le Roux Avenue
Waterval, Midrand
Tel: 011 315 5322
 


 

Contact details for councillors in Region A

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Suburbs in Region A

Airdlin, Barbeque, Barbeque Downs, Barbeque Downs Extensions, Beverley, Beverley Ext.1 & 2, Beverley Extensions, Bloubosrand Extension, Blue Hills, Blue Hills Extension, Bothasfontein 408-Jr Ext.408 , Brendavere, Broadacres, Broadacres Ext.1 & 2, Broadacres Extensions, Broadacres Park Ext.1 & 10, Buccleuch, Carlswald, Carlswald Estate, Chartwell, Country View, Country View Extensions, Craigavon, Craigavon Ext.1, Crowthorne , Dainfern, Dainfern Extensions, Dainfern Ridge, Diepsloot 388-Jr Ext.388, Diepsloot, Diepsloot Wes, Diepsloot Wes Extensions, Ebony Park, Ebony Park Extensions, Erand, Erand Ext.1 & 2, Erand Gardens Extensions, Farmall, Farmall Ext.1, Fourways Extensions, Glen Austin, Glen Austin Ext.1, Glen Nerine, Glenferness, Glenferness Ext.1 & 2, Grand Central Ext.21, Halfway Gardens Extensions, Halfway House, Halfway House Estate, Halfway House Ext.13 Halfway House Ext.2, Headway Hill, Inandan, Ivory Park Extensions, Jukskei View Extensions, Kaalfontein Extensions, Kengies, Kengies Extensions, Kildrummy, Kleve, Kya Sand, Kya Sand Extensions, Kyalami, Kyalami Extensions, Kyalami, Kyalami Ext.1, Kyalami Estate, Kyalami Estate Extensions, Kyalami Gardens Extensions, Kyalami Heights, Kyalami Hills. Kyalami Hills Extensions, Kyalami Park, Lanseria Airport, Lone Hill Extensions, Marise, Maroeladal Extensions, Midridge Park, Midridge Park Extensions, Milgate Farm, Needwood Needwood Extensions, Nietgedacht, Noordwyk, Noordwyk Extensions, North Champayne Estates, Palmlands, Paulshof, Paulshof Extensions , Plooysville, Rabie Ridge, Rabie Ridge Extensions, Randjesfontein, Randjespark Extensions, Riverbend, Riverglen, Sagewood Extensions, Salfred, Stratford, Summerset, Summerset Extensions, Sunninghill, Sunninghill Extensions, Sunninghill Park, Sunrella, Tanganani, Treesbank, Trevallyn, Trevallyn Ext.1, Vorna Valley, Vorna Valley Extensions, Waterval, Waterval Ext.2 & 4, Willaway, Willaway Extensions, Witkoppen, Witkoppen Extensions.
 


 

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