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Vanderbijlpark is home to over 500 000 trees planted to offset industrial air pollution.
Initially, Vanderbijlpark was a blue-collar town developed in the late 1940s for steel factory employees and their families. Today the town of Vanderbijlpark is the riverside playground of millionaires.
The town’s steelworks, Vanderbijlpark Steel, is part of ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited (the largest steel producer on the African continent), and still forms the backbone of the town’s economy. VECOR, the largest comprehensive heavy engineering works in the southern hemisphere, is also located in Vanderbijlpark.
However, contrary to expectations for a steelworks town, Vanderbijlpark suburbs on the Vaal River are scenic, upmarket, and cater to a cosmopolitan mix of permanent and weekend residents. The latter are wealthy business people and celebrities who own palatial properties on a stretch of the waterway called Millionaire’s Mile.
‘The Vaal’, as locals call the river, is the focal point of leisure and entertainment activities in Vanderbijlpark. Jet skiing, water surfing, wake boarding, angling and white water rafting are popular activities.
River cruising on the Vaal is a year-round pastime, and Vanderbijlpark boasts several pleasure vessels that range from super-luxurious to rustic. These can be privately hired, enjoyed as a 3-hour Sunday buffet cruise, or as an hourly sightseeing shuttle.
There are also self-navigable houseboats for hire, from superior floating hotels, to wallet-friendly snooze-and-cruise options.
Off the water, Vanderbijlpark’s recreational offerings include the Emerald Casino Resort, a multi-entertainment complex with gaming, a safari zoo, an indoor water park, restaurants, and an adjacent nature reserve.
Along the river, numerous Vanderbijlpark guesthouses and hotels offer relaxed outdoor lunches, pubs, sports facilities, outdoor activities for the kids, and wellness spas.
Other Vanderbijlpark destinations include guided tours of Sharpeville township, including a visit to the Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct that commemorates the deaths of 69 residents shot on 21 March 1960 while protesting against apartheid pass laws.
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Who to contact
Vaal Meander Information Office:
Tel: +27 (0)16 424 1121 / +27 (0)78 705 7040
Fax: 086 274 47096