This suburb situated on the East Rand of Gauteng has played a major role in the area’s history since it was originally laid out in 1887. Boksburg was intended to serve the surrounding gold mines via the historic Main Reef Road.
Today Boksburg is part of the Ekhuruleni Metropolitan Municipality, which includes much of the East Rand. Interestingly, the Mining Commissioner Montague White built a large dam which remained empty for years. It was nicknamed White's Folly until a flashflood in 1889 silenced all critics. It became what is now known as the Boksburg Lake. This spectacular lake is over 150,000 square metres and is surrounded by lawns, trees, and terraces. This is a popular boating, fishing, watersport and hiking destination for many.
Boksburg boasts a diversified industrial and mining centre. It has become one of the most important gold-producing towns on the Witwatersrand. Boksburg is also any shoppers delight. It boasts the East Rand Mall which is one of the most popular and biggest malls in Johannesburg.
For fun family outings why not take a visit to the Bokkie Park. This beautiful area offers children fun farm experiences, such as milking cows and feeding the different fun loving animals. In addition, one can visit the Le Grange Bird Park which affords one the opportunity to explore the diverse range of vibrant birds in this area.
For the history lovers, there are numerous historical buildings one can explore. These include the Old Post Office built in 1898, the Law Court since 1890, St Michaels and All Angels Anglican Church designed by the Sir Herbert Baker as well as a few gold mines.