Alberton, a large commercial, industrial and suburban town lies some 15 km southeast of Johannesburg, on the banks of the Natalspruit (river) The town was founded in 1904.
Although the town cannot lay claim to any gold mines, many industries that supported the mining industry developed here and were responsible for the fast growth of the town. Today, Alberton has become popular with industrial developers and is also the home of the largest brewery on the African continent.
Apart from the industries, the town also has quiet leafy neighbourhoods that families call home.
Thokoza was established as the black township housing the workers of the mines and industries.
Adventure And Sport
Golf: For a relaxing game of golf visit the Trelawney Golf Course, an 18-hole course near Alberton, or try your luck at the luxurious Reading Golf Course — one of the most challenging courses in Gauteng.
Water Sport and Angling: The Alberton Dam is a popular venue for people who want to relax and enjoy the great outdoors or to join in the water sport and angling activities.
Archaeology And Palaeontology
Meyersdal Koppie Archaeological Site: The archaeological site at Meyersdal Koppie, in the Meyersdal Nature Reserve, has yielded the remains of a late Iron Age stone walled settlement.
Art And Crafts
Artist’s Studios: The town is also the home of several renowned artists, whose studios may be visited by appointment.
Doll’s Heaven: The museum, every child’s and adult’s doll collector’s dream, displays 5 500 dolls, each with its own name. Some of the dolls date back to 1892, but they are all in excellent condition. The museum also has 36 fascinating craft and toy collections on display, ranging from cameras to candles and from old irons to toy cars. The museum may only be visited by prior appointment.
Kathorus: Kathorus encompasses the townships of Katlehong, Thokoza and Vosloorus, developed to house the migrant mine workers who helped to establish and sustain the economic well-being of the area. The so-called “Third force” violence took its toll on these communities in the run-up to the 1994 elections. Furious clashes between ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) supporters cost many lives and were believed to have been ignited by right-wing extremists. Now, ten years into democracy, guides who have lived here most of their lives take visitors on tours of the historic and entertainment spots, to lead them on the road from the past to the present.
Entertainment And Shopping
Alberton City Shopping Centre: The Alberton City Shopping Centre has an interesting character of its own and offers something for everyone.
Newmarket Turf Club: Enjoy horseracing events, including night racing, at the elegant Newmarket Turf Club on the banks of the Natalspruit. The club also has a country club and public sporting facilities.
History And Architecture
Thokoza Memorial Wall: The Thokoza Wall was erected in memory of all the victims of political violence in the area during the early 1990s. Among those commemorated is the photographer Ken Oostenbroek who lost his life whilst photographing violent political uprisings.