Germiston was established when gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand which meant miners needed homes.
Mining meant there would be allied industries in support of the mines and thus an infrastructure developed with a commercial, mining and industrial sector. As towns expended and families planted their roots, additional utilities and infrastructure like schools began to fall in place and soon a self-sustaining town was proclaimed.
Once gold reserves were depleted, the region and towns were left with the allied industries as a means of income which needed to diversify into alternative markets for sustainability and what one sees today in the large industrial sector of the greater Germiston is a result of the diversification.
The manufacturing sector now caters for the automotive industries, steel rolling and manufacturing and metal pressings and foundries along with a large plastic manufacturing sector which is in today’s global market highly competitive.
Dinwiddie is one of the suburbs of Germiston which has greatly benefitted from all these developments and diversification and is today in a prime location. This is a fact that is confirmed by the industrial nodes like Junction Hill, Wadeville, Roodekop, Jupiter and Delville which literally surround the suburb.
These industrial nodes make up a fair share of the commercial sector adding to household income.
The property market of Dinwiddie is thus lucrative and highly competitive with a diverse property usage consisting of freestanding homes, townhouses and apartments.
Due to the nature of the core source of income, being from the industrial sector the suburb has a status as middle-class with a number of upper-middle class properties.
Young couples that are not yet in the position to afford substantial bonds will find that there are apartments and townhouses that will suit their pocket and taste and likewise expanding families will find homes to suit their specific needs.
The suburb has access to an innumerable amount of reputable public schools such as Dinwiddie High School, Laerskool Elandia and Dinwiddie Primary School.
There are also a number of malls catering for retail and entertainment needs such as The Glen Shopping Centre, Lambton Square, Mall on Manchester and East Gate Mall.