Most of the suburbs of Spring is in the metropolitan area of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. Springs and its suburbs have a long history spanning decades back to 1904 when the town was declared. Before this, in 1840, farmers declared farms for themselves and in 1888 the first contract was signed to mine coal. The town of Springs has the second largest collection of Art Deco architectural styles with Miami in Florida, the USA being first.
Some notable people grew up in Springs namely Nadine Gordimer, a recipient of the Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1991 and Penny Heyns, double Olympic gold medallist in swimming.
The suburb was established as housing for the mineworkers and many households still rely on the surrounding coal and gold mining. Natural reserves have dwindled which gave rise to allied industries to support the running of the mines but also diversified into general and specialised engineering like manufacturing of earthmoving equipment and automotive parts manufacturing.
The suburb is aimed at the middle lower-income groups and in this price-class, the property values indicate steady growth since the suburb is a stepping stone for some residents that will upgrade later in life to more affluent suburbs or as their income increases and other suburbs become more affordable. First-time buyers find value in the property of the suburb which is attributed to the growth in value.
The property values range from the mid-R 500k mark to around the R 900k mark. The suburb is also close to other major industrial and commercial nodes like New Era, Anzac, Nuffield, Boksburg and Isando. Sony Ericson phone manufacturer is situated in Nuffield.
There are numerous retail malls like Springsgate Shopping Mall, Mall@Carnival City and Springs Mall.
Schools servicing the suburb are Payneville Primary School, Spring Christian Academy, Springs Secondary School, Laerskool PAM Brink, Springs Boys’ High School and Laerskool Van Riebeeck.