The industrial city of Vanderbijlpark lies in the South of Gauteng on the Vaal River in South Africa. The city was founded in 1949 and got its name its founder, Dr Hendrik van der Bijl. The city is largely industrial with 60% of its residents working in factories and is home to Vanderbijl Steel and its steel mill.
The town, which forms Sedibeng's border along the Vaal River, was proclaimed in 1949 and attained municipal status in 1952 when Governor General Dr EG Jansen opened ISCOR's second steelworks. Vanderbijlpark's 500 000 trees shade streets named after scientists, engineers, composers, poets, writers and medical practioners. They house one of the most cosmopolitan communities in the country.
Despite being industrial the city has some very upmarket residential suburbs along the Vaal River which hold some of the most expensive homes in South Africa. The Vaal River is a popular holiday destination for many South Africans who own holiday homes along the banks of the river and water sports are a popular activity in the river.
Besides for the Vaal River, Vanderbijlpark is home to the Emerald Casino Resort, Emfuleni Golf Course and the recently constructed Vaal Mall. There are public swimming facilities available and the Vaal Horse Race Course is about 3 km from the city.
Activities and Attractions
- Emfuleni Resorts - An extensive riverbank development
Loch Vaal - Built in 1922, this all-encompassing watersystem provides Sedibeng with over a billion litres daily. Unsurprisingly, it has become a popular water sports destination with excellent facilities.
Gamble at the Emerald Casino
Cruise the Vaal on the Liquid Lounge
- Emerald Animal World
Accommodation is available in the area for visitors and tourists and includes bed and breakfasts, self-catering units, guest houses and hotels. See our Accommodation Directory for a comprehensive list.