Information on Alberton, Gauteng, South Africa
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Alberton is situated in the East Rand region of Gauteng and celebrated its centenary year in 2005. It is a typical bedroom community, with most of its workers commuting to nearby cities or suburbs to earn their livelihood. Alberton has various access roads to all major freeways in Gauteng and is situated on the banks of the Natal Spruit, close to the major urban centres of Pretoria and Johannesburg. Alberton boasts a long and interesting history.
History of Alberton
A boy by the name of Johannes Petrus Meyer bought 11 hectares of his father’s farm Elandsfontein at the age of 13. He built his house next to the Alberton spruit. When his wife died in, he decided to start a general store and built his farmhouse residence in 1890, which was miraculously left unharmed during the Anglo Boer War, and still stands today. Jan's brother took over the farm after his death. General Hennie Alberts purchased a portion of the farm Elandsfontein, and he decided on the name of Alberton.
The school Jan Meyer was named after the original farm owner. The affluent suburb of Meyersdal also refers to the family whose first farmhouse still stands today. Hennie Alberts Avenue in the suburb of Brackenhurst as well as the primary school Generaal Alberts is named after the town founder. The first official post office was opened in 1926. Street names in the Alberton North suburb were also renamed after Voortrekker heroes in 1938 to coincide with the 100 year commemoration of the Great Trek.
Development sprawled out into adjacent areas over the years, and today Alberton consists of 18 suburbs. Alberante, Verwoerdpark, Albertsdal, Alrode, Brackendowns, Brackenhurst, New Redruth, Eden Park, Florentia, Mayberry Park, Albermarle, Meyersdal, Alberton North, Palm Ridge, Randhart, Raceview, South Crest, Thokoza.
Alrode is Alberton's industrial suburb. It was established in 1943 when the original black settlement was removed to surrounding black townships in the area, after the apartheid-era took its course, a white suburb was established and named Verwoerdpark, after prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd.
Climate of Alberton
Alberton enjoys a dry, sunny climate, with the exception of occasional late afternoon downpours in the summer months of October to April. Temperatures in the greater Johannesburg are usually fairly mild thanks to the city's high altitude. Winter is the sunniest time of the year, with cool days and cold nights. The temperature occasionally drops to below freezing at night, causing frost. Regular cold fronts pass over in winter bringing very cold southerly winds but generally clear skies. The rainfall is largely concentrated in the summer months.
Towns and Suburbs of the Gauteng province of South Africa
Alberton , Arcadia , Auckland Park , Bardene , Bartlett , Bedfordview , Benoni , Boekenhoutskloof , Boksburg , Bonaero Park , Bredell , Bronkhorstspruit , Brooklyn , Bruma , Brummeria , Bryanston , Centurion , Chartwell , Club View , Constantia Park , Cradle of Humankind , Cullinan , De Wagensdrift , Die Wilgers , Dinokeng , Donkerhoek , Edenvale , Elandsdrift , Eldoraigne , Erasmuskloof , Erasmusrand , Fairland , Farrarmere , Ferndale , Fourways , Gallo Manor , Garsfontein ,Germiston , Glen Austin , Glen Marais , Glenvista , Groenkloof , Halfway House , Hartbeespoort , Hatfield , Heidelberg , Hennopspark , Honeydew , Houghton , Hyde Park , Illovo , Irene , Isando , Jet Park , Johannesburg , Kameeldrift , Kempton Park , Klippoortjie , Knoppieslaagte , Kromdraai , Krugersdorp , Kyalami , Lakefield , Lanseria , Linden , Little Falls , Lonehill , Lynnwood , Lyttelton , Magaliesburg , Melrose , Melville , Menlo Park , Menlyn , Meyersdal , Meyerspark , Midrand , Mnandi , Modderfontein , Mondeor , Monrick , Montana , Morningside , Muldersdrift , Murrayfield , New Redruth , Newmarket , Nigel, Noordheuwel , Northcliff , North Riding , OR Tambo Airport , Ormonde , Parktown , Pretoria , Pretoria East , Pomona , Randburg , Randfontein , Randhart , Raslouw , Ravenswood , Rivonia , Roodepoort , Rosebank , Rosherville , Ruimsig , Rust de Winter , Samrand , Sandown , Sandton , Sandhurst , Selection Park , Silver Lakes , Solheim , Springs , Sunninghill , The Reeds , Vereeniging , Vanderbijlpark , Walkerville , Wapadrand , Waterkloof , Waverley , Weltevredenpark , Westcliff , Woodmead