The Ekuhurleni Metropolitan Council encompasses all the urban developments of Eastern Gauteng, also known as the East Rand. It is one of the most intensely mined areas in the country. Town after town rose from the ground as gold became the name of the South African mining game. This area has long been the mining and industrial capital of South Africa. The many mine dumps and machinery bear testimony to this. As the gold reefs are being worked out, the emphasis is shifting from mining to further development of the industries that provide a livelihood to millions of people.
As a result of the many people coming together and finding their destiny here, Ekuhurleni can truly be said to house the “Rainbow Nation”.
The most important landmark in this region is the Johannesburg International Airport that lies in a central spot and is served by scheduled flights of most of the world’s major airlines. The nearest town is Kempton Park, but Alberton, Benoni, Boksburg, Brakpan, Edenvale, Germiston and Springs also lie conveniently close and are often referred to as the “Airport Area”.
Again, the developers of the region have succeeded in maintaining a balance between making a living and enjoying life. Although many of the towns have large industrial areas, they also have quiet suburbs with tree-lined streets and the region has many entertainment venues.