Germiston on the East Rand was established after the initial gold rush that was responsible for most of the greater Johannesburg.
John Jack and August Simmer were the primary founders of the town on a farm named Elandsfontein. They discovered gold on the farm and the town started to form at the site of Rand Refinery the world’s largest refinery. It is reputed that at least 70% of the world’s gold passes through this refinery.
An unknown fact of Messer’s Jack and Simmer is that in the late 50 early 60’s the two men founded an engineering company Simmer and Jack. The company was tasked with the manufacture of mining equipment like pumps from various metals, cast steel, pig iron and stainless steel.
The suburbs of Germiston today are still sustained primarily by engineering with a small commercial hub in the Germiston CBD.
Germiston itself is a central business district and its suburbs cater for residential needs. The suburbs cater for the whole market form low income to upper-class groups which mean it is a matter of preference, location, architecture and specific family needs.
There are apartments in the CBD which are ideal for buy-to-let investors due to the proximity of the myriad of industrial hubs surrounding the city.
It is one of the bigger cities of Gauteng and being on the East Rand is of no consequence on property values or prices in the suburbs.
The suburbs have malls, schools, entertainment venues and industrial and commercial hubs specific to the suburbs.
The advantage of entertaining the idea of investing in the older suburbs means there are properties which are more than worth renovating with high pressed ceilings and wooden floors and the period defining feature of red painted veranda floors and bay windows.
Here is a list of some of the suburbs of Germiston;
Take a tour of the many Germiston suburb properties via the Myroof website.