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This page includes information on the history of Springs, interesting facts about Springs and some places of interest situated close to Springs.

There are a number of mines and factories in Springs that are unique.

There are also a number of famous people who were born in Springs, or who grew up in Springs.

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Springs is a city on the East Rand in the Gauteng province of South Africa.It lies 50 km east of Johannesburg. The name of the city derives from the large number of springs in the area; it has a population of more than 200,000.

It is part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.


The original 7 km² farm on which the city of Springs was later to be built, The Springs, was surveyed in 1883. Coal was discovered in the area in 1887 and three years later the Transvaal Republic's first railway was built to carry coal from the East Rand coalfields to the gold mines of the Witwatersrand. Gradually, especially after coal was discovered further east in South Africa in Witbank, the Springs collieries were closed.


In the meanwhile, however, gold had also been discovered in the area. A village was laid out in 1904 and in 1908 the first gold mining began. Springs was granted municipal status in 1912. By the late 1930s, there were eight gold mines near Springs, making it the largest single gold-producing area in the world.




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Springs is currently one of the industrial centers of the Witwatersrand. Mining has been replaced by manufacturing and engineering industries of economic importance; products of the region include processed metals, chemicals, paper and foodstuffs.

  • The only Kelloggs factory in South Africa is situated in Springs.
  • Springs is also home to Impala Platinum's precious and base metal refineries
  • PFG Building Glass, the only producer of float glass on the continent.
  • Zincor, the only zinc producer in Africa, is also located here; its refinery produces all South Africa's requirement of this metal.
  • PAM Brink Stadium is a sports stadium currently used for soccer and rugby.


  • Nadine Gordimer (born 20 November 1923), the first South African Nobel Laureate in Literature (1991) and recipient of the 1974 Booker Prize, was born in Springs and attended the local Our Lady of Mercy Convent school (now known as Veritas College).
  • Shirley Sutherland (born 17 December 1973), a well-known coloratura soprano opera singer, director, and performer in musicals, grew up in Springs and attended Springs Girls' High School.
  • Penny Heyns (born 8 November 1974), double Olympic gold medallist in swimming (1996 Atlanta Olympic Games), holder of 14 swimming world records, and the only woman in history to complete the Olympic double of winning both the 100 and 200 metre breaststroke, was born in Springs and attended a local primary school.

Places of Interest near Springs

  • East Rand Flea Market
    • located just off the R21 and right opposite the East Rand Mall. Our market has been opperating succesfully since 29 November 1997, and we are proud to have more than 500 stalls under our roof. At the East Rand Traders Square we have a vast variety of different stalls to shop from , Live entertainment on weekends ( and public holidays) , entertainment and activities for the kids and an interesting selection of food stalls available. Our market promises a fun outing for the whole family.
East Rand Flea Market
  • East Rand Mall
    • East Rand Mall is situated 7km away from OR Tambo Airport .
    • Over 180 stores including major chain stores and a host of smaller specialised stores.
    • Extensive entertainment facilities, which includes Restaurants, Coffee shops, a nine theatre Cinema Centre and an exciting Food and Entertainment Mall.
    • Undercover parking


East Rand Mall
  • Carnival City
    • As you enter the Carnival City world of glittering entertainment and endless fun, you will be greeted with a wide selection of delectable restaurants, eccentric shops, world-class gaming facilities, a magical casino, an unmatched assortment of experiences and activities and several quirky bars, all conveniently located under one roof. Home to some incredible local and international live events, Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World also offers two wonderful accommodation options.
Carnival City
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