Midrand was established as a municipality in 1981 (in an area known as Halfway House, after its position between Pretoria and Johannesburg), but ceased to be an independent town in the restructuring of local government that followed the end of apartheid in 1994. It was incorporated in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in 2000. It was made part of Region 2 and, as of 2006, when the number of regions were reduced to seven, it forms part of Region A of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.
Though no longer an independent town, the name Midrand is still in common use to denote the suburbs around the N1 highwaynorth of the Jukskei River up to the border with City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. (This portion of the N1 highway is also known as the Ben Schoeman Highway.) Suburbs that are generally regarded as being in Midrand include among others: Country View, Carlswald, Crowthorne, Glen Austin, Halfway House, Halfway Gardens, Vorna Valley, Noordwyk, Randjesfontein.
In 2010, it was reported that the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality wished to annex Midrand from the City of Johannesburg, reportedly to boost its income, which was severely strained.
The city is relatively modern, having experienced much growth in the last decade. Many businesses have relocated there due to its proximity to good highway links and its location in the economic centre of Gauteng Province. Midrand's development has meant there is little break between the outskirts of Johannesburg and those of Pretoria, and the Gauteng Provincial Government envisages that, according to current growth trends, much of the province will be city by 2015. These business incluce multi nationals such as Vodacom, Microsoft, Neotel, and Altech Autopage
Much of Watson Properties focus has been on Glen Austin and its Extensions. The stands within Glen Austin are mainly classed as Agricultural Holdings, with none being smaller than 8500 square meters. The suburb has great potential because of its favourable position and is earmarked for future growth within the next 10 years. Infrastructure will be added and various types of usages including commercial and residential will be make available to the public by way of change of the town planning schemes.
As part of the history ,In the 19th century a Voortrekker named Daniel Erasmus pegged out the area known today as Midrand as his land. On his death, Daniel's granddaughter, Anne Erasmus, as part of her inheritance, was willed land which included the Glen Austin area. In 1920 Anne married Mr Eustace Gain Austin and from that union came the name Glen Austin.
Today the area caters for a wide variety of cultures and is well integrated into the new South Africa.
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