Roodepoort West is a well-established suburb which was established when gold mining was the core source of household income in the greater Johannesburg. In 1977, Roodepoort received its city status and expanded to what it is today. The typical age of the suburb is obvious in the general architecture of homes which date back to the mining era. Naturally, mining ceased and subsidiary industries diversified and amalgamated into the engineering and manufacturing allied industries like tool and die manufacturing which have today become a fair portion of the household income of residents.
Roodepoort and Florida have a rich history in the mining industry which is worth exploring along with the Kloofendal Nature Reserve where archaeologists found tools dating back to the late Stone Age.
The suburb is very much a working class suburb which is evident in the average property values. The property usage consists of freestanding homes, townhouses and apartments with a number of commercial properties in the make-up.
There are also parts of the suburb which fall within the upper-class income group with the architecture being modern. The fact that the suburb is rather small means it is tranquil and has a familial welcoming atmosphere.
The location of Roodepoort West has many benefits depending on which sector residents are employed in as it is close to all the major industrial and commercial hubs. Industrial hubs which contribute to household income are Chamdor, Factoria and Industria North. The commercial hubs are accessed via Ontdekkers Roads to the Jo’burg CBD or onto the N1 Western Bypass connecting conveniently to Sandton, Rivonia, Bryanston and Witkoppen.
Schools that cater for education of children in the suburb are Roodepoort Primary School, Skyline High School, Hoerskool Roodepoort and Princess High School.
Then there are a number of malls catering for retail and entertainment needs such as Westgate Shopping Centre.