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Information on Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa

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Vanderbijlpark is an industrial city on the Vaal River in the Southern Region of the Gauteng. It is home to Vanderbijlpark Steel. With neighbouring towns Sasolburg and Vereeniging it forms the Vaal Triangle, a significant industrial area of South Africa.

Located in the local municipality of Emfuleni and the district municipality of Sedibeng. The townships Sharpeville, Boipatong, Bophelong and Sebokeng are close to the city. VECOR, the largest comprehensive heavy engineering works in the Southern Hemisphere, is also located in Vanderbijlpark. Vanderbijlpark is home to Emfuleni Golf Course, the Emerald Casino Resort, and the recently constructed Vaal Mall.


History of Vanderbijlpark

It all started when Dr HJ van der Bijl, a young Dutch scientist working in the United States at the time, was called back to South Africa in 1920 by the then Prime Minister Jan Smuts to advise the government on planning South Africa's industrial development[citation needed]. Van der Bijl oversaw the Iron and Steel Corporation's first plant at Pretoria, but with the increased demand after World War II, 100 km² was bought to build a large steel works and model town. The steel works began operating in 1947 and the town was proclaimed in 1949. The town attained municipal status in 1952 when Governor General Dr EG Jansen opened ISCOR's second steel works.

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