Randburg

Randburg is a typical South African melting pot of cultural expressions, income brackets and opportunities.

Take a drive down Main Road to tap into the pulse of Randburg: the hustle and bustle of sidewalk hawkers, commuters making their way to taxi ranks, car dealerships selling everything from VW Beetles to 4×4’s to BMW X5s, mechanics and lots of interesting second-hand store worth stopping for.

Then there’s Randburg suburbia just a few kilometers up the road towards Bordeaux: families in old Johannesburg homes on leafy lanes.

“Randburg is down-right affordable. Amenities are fabulous and service delivery is good: even street lights that actually work.”

There are a host of good schools in the area.

Including Randburg Hoer Skool, Ferndale High, Aurora Private School and Knight Preparatory School and College.

On the shopping front, Northgate Centre is one of the best place to shop. There’s also Brightwater Commons (formerly known as Randburg Waterfront), Cresta and Randburg Square (where parking is ample and delightfully cheap and for your convenience a new multi-level parking arcade is being built at Cresta).

Nicholas Plants on Witkoppen Road offers great deals. “Plants are priced just right and the service is great.” The Randburg Management District or RBMD (http://www.randburg.org.za) also notes on its website that urban decay in the area has become an unfortunate reality. This group was established in 2004 to deal with these issues.

In the five years that it has been in existence, the RBMD has done a lot to give Randburg the face-lift it needs to be a top-drawer Johannesburg suburb. The Public Safety Ambassador project is one of these initiatives. Thanks to the RBMD, armed guards patrol Randburg night and day resulting in a significant decrease in the crime over the past three years says the SAP.

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