Midrand, a relatively modern city situated in the Gauteng province, has experienced much growth in the last decade. Many businesses have relocated to Midrand 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 now 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. Midrand was established as a municipality in 1981, but was incorporated the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in 2000.
Conference Venue in Midrand
Though no longer officially an independent town, the name Midrand is still on common use to denote the suburbs around the N1 highway north of the Jukskei River up to the border with City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. Suburbs that are generally regarded as being in Midrand include among others: Carlswald, Crowthorne, Glen Austin, Halfway House, Halfway Gardens, Kyalami, Vorna Valley and Randjesfontein.
Midrand is the location of the African Union's Pan-African Parliament and is home to large-scale industries such as textiles and motor vehicles, it is a superbly located business venue. Midrand includes the Boulders Shopping Centre and the Gallagher Estate, where there is a large exhibition centre. Midrand Airport is a general aviation airport and is situated to the East of the N1 highway. The western suburbs of Midrand are all agricultural and constitute the highest equestrian area of South Africa. The more central suburbs of the area host the headquarters of many large technology and medical companies. The Midrand Graduate Institute and UNISA's Graduate School of Business Leadership is located in Midrand.
The Bird Sanctuary in Midrand is home to a large collection of birds. These include Crimson Breasted Shrikes, Pied Barbit, Tit Babbler, Black Cuckoo Shrike whilst Crombeck and Bru Bru Shrikes, White and Abdims Storks, Black Headed Herons, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Rock Pigeon and Black Crows have also been observed. Midrand is also the home of the Kyalami Motor Racing Circuit, an international renowned racetrack and venue for many of South Africa's premier motor racing events. The circuit has been used for Grand Prix and Formula One races and has hosted the South African Grand Prix a number of times.
A popular attraction in Midrand is the Urban Market. The market is a favourite with the kids feauturing a huge jumping castle, two puppet shows, face painting, a trampoline and a fun dog agility show to watch. Moms and Dads have over 130 traders to visit with goods ranging from hand crafted jewelry to dolls clothes. The Midrand Urban Market also hosts concerts in the park and picnic baskets are on sale for those that want to enjoy the shade and grass.
The city is relatively modern, having experienced much growth in the last decade. Many businesses have relocated to Midrand due to its proximity to good highway links and its location in the economic centre of Gauteng Province.
History of Midrand
Midrand grew from two urban complexes: Halfway House and Olifantsfontein. In the early 1980s, these were joined under a single administration. Ivory Park, a planned informal settlement nearby, is an impoverished community and poverty eradication, development, job opportunities, economic growth and improved quality of life the main concerns. Ivory Park was established in 1991 to provide site and service stands to address the overflow of people from nearby Tembisa and other urban areas.
Midrand was established as a Local Municipality in 1981, but was incorporated into Region 2 of the City of Johannesburg during the late 1990's and as of 2006, when the number of regions where reduced to seven, it forms part of Region A. Midrand officially ceased to exist in 1998 when Act 15 of 1981 Town Council of Midrand Act was repealed by Act 10 of 1998 Rationalisation of Local Government Affairs Act
Though there is no longer an official Midrand, the name is still on common use to denote the suburbs around the N1 highway north of the Jukskei River up to the border with Tshwane.
Info by: www.gautengcc.co.za/midrand.htm
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