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Alberton is a large town in the Gauteng province of South Africa, with over a century of history and a diverse cultural makeup.
The town is primarily a residential hub, providing living space for a substantial portion of Johannesburg’s workforce. Due to its proximity to this major population center, many of Alberton’s residents make a daily commute to work in the big city. The town can also be accessed by all of Gauteng’s major freeways, making it an important point on the province’s logistical network as well.
The history of Alberton goes back to the mid-nineteenth century, when much of the area in which the town would be founded was given over to farmland. Around this period, a boy by the name of Johannes Petrus Meyer (who was only thirteen years old at the time) purchases eleven hectares of his father’s farm, known by the name of Elandsfontein. On part of this property, near what is now known as the Alberton stream or Natal Spruit, he built a homestead. Though this house is no longer standing (a civic center can now be found in the same spot), its location marks the central point of the town of Alberton to this day. Meyer later built a much grander farmhouse mansion that can still be seen in the town.
Following Johannes Meyer’s death, his brother Johan George (Org) took over the family farm, and later sold part of it to Boer war veteran General Hennie Alberts. As the name suggests, it was Alberts who officially founded the town of Alberton on this land. With the start of the gold rush in the area and the resulting influx of population, Alberton grew fairly quickly into a major population center for the time, in no small part due to its proximity to Johannesburg. The town’s first post office was built in 1926, and a town hall followed in 1938. Today, Alberton continues to grow, and due to the sprawling nature of the surrounding urban centers, is become seen more and more as part of the greater Johannesburg area.
Alberton is located on the East Rand of Gauteng, on the banks of the Natal Spruit. The town is situated approximately 76 kilometers from Pretoria, and just fifteen from the Johannesburg city center. It forms a part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, along with other nearby towns such as Germiston, Bedfordview, and Edenvale.
Due to heavy modernisation, most of Alberton’s historical landmarks are hard to come by. The most notable exception to this trend is the old Meyer farmhouse mansion, which can still be visited behind the Meyersdal koppie. The Blou Meul is one of the oldest stores in the vicinity, having been established in 1954, and still trades in a variety of outdoor equipment.
Alberton is home to approximately 121,536 people, at a population density of around 1600 per square kilometer.
The majority of the population is White, with the most commonly spoken first language being Afrikaans.