The town of Heidelberg was established, like many other towns on the then Witwatersrand on the discovery of gold. Before the discovery of gold, between 1880 and 1883, the town served as the capital to the Boer Republic, thus the capital of the Ziuid Afrikaansche Republiek, during the First War of Independence against the British.
In 1885 gold was discovered on the reef and Heidelberg fell under the reef known as the Witwatersrand.
Typical of that era, the town developed with a Victorian design style dating to 1890-1910, which is still evident in the homes and buildings which have been preserved.
A concentration camp was erected during the Second Boer War by the British which held Boer woman and children captive during the war. At a later stage a memorial was erected to commemorate the woman and children that perished in and during the war. During the 90’s the ANC erected a memorial on the site to commemorate the black woman and children that were also victims of the tough life in these concentration camps along with the white captives.
Another important point of interest in South African culture is the fact that the famous poet and medical doctor, A, G Visser, resided and practiced in Heidelberg. His home is open to public viewing on appointment.
Other historical landmarks in the town are the famous Klip Kerk and a bust of A, G Visser.
Heidelberg forms a crucial part to the Gauteng region in terms of economic growth and sustainability of the South African economy. The town is also on a main arterial route linking Gauteng with KZN.
Incorporated into the Sedibeng municipality, Heidelberg is sustained by two primary industries namely mining and agriculture.
The other industries which assist in the growth of the region is steel and automotive manufacturing with Tata that has erected an assembly plant for commercial and passenger vehicles.
Heidelberg is a mixed use town with industrial commercial and mixed use residential and retail properties catering for residents.
Suburbs of Heidelberg include;
The town of Heidelberg is well established and expanding thus all the amenities of a major city are in place like schools, hospitals and malls.
Heidelberg has its own upmarket and sought after suburbs and lifestyle and golf estates to cater for the affluent residents.
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