Germiston was established in the early days of the gold rush when two prospectors, John Jack from the farm of Germiston near Glasgow and August Simmer from Vacha in Germany, struck paydirt on the farm of Elandsfontein. In August 1887, the pair were on their way to the Eastern Transvaal when they outspanned (rest the pack animals) on the farm Elandsfontein and decided to stay and buy the land. Both men made fortunes and the town sprang up 2 km from the Simmer and Jack mine named after Jack's fathers farm.[3]:285 In 1921 the world's largest gold refinery, the Rand Refinery, was established at Germiston. Seventy percent of the western world's gold passes through this refinery. Although gold mining gradually wound down in Germiston, to the point that by the end of the 20th century it was no longer a mining centre, the Rand Refinery remains as busy as ever.


Victoria Lake is better known today simply as Germiston Lake, however, the famous Sailing and Rowing Club retains the name of the Victoria Lake Club. The club is home to some of the best canoeists and rowing crews in the country, including the twenty-time South African School Champions, St Benedict's College. The lake is very popular at weekends for water-skiing and regattas. The lake grounds have recently been re-landscaped and the braai areas and shelters rebuilt.

The WesBank Raceway motorsports facility was located in the city, but it was sold to industrial estate developers in November 2007. The Raceway was formerly the Gosforth Park Race Club, one of the major horse racing facilities in Gauteng. Germiston Stadium (formerly the Herman Immelman Stadium), home stadium of Moroka Swallows FC is also located in the city. This is also the home ground for the Germiston Simmer Rugby Club and has a tartan track for athletics.


Germiston North consists of suburbs located in the Western border of Bedforview, known as Primrose Hill and stretches to the eastern border to the edge of Marlands. On the Northern border you would find Sunnyrock and Sunnyridge moving down to the southern border being Wychwood bordering Germiston Central.

The Northern Border of Germiston North consists of lovely middle-class suburbs bordering Edenvale. These suburbs include Fishershill, Sunnyrock , Sunnyridge, and Dawnview which are sought after and very good value and are consdired the “new upcoming area”. The Meadowdale shopping centre in the area has recently been upgraded and features world class shops and restaurants

The whole area is benefiting from a rejuvenation, with homes that have been renovated in Primrose . Also the larger renovated homes in Primrose East, below Pretoria Road, also offer good value with houses for sale from R 450 000.


The schools in the area include Dawnview Primary , Sunnyridge Primary, Goudrif, Hoerskool Vryburger, Primrose Technical School, Daeraad Pre Primary, Laeskool Oosterkruin, Primrose Primary and Primrose Hill Pre- Primary



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