Boksburg, part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, shares a similar history to its neighbouring suburb, Benoni, that stretches from the pioneering gold-rush days to the present.

Boksburg was where coal was first mined in the then Transvaal (now Gauteng) and is still one of the most important gold-producing towns on the Witwatersrand.

Take time out to visit attractive Boksburg Lake surrounded by terraces, lawns and trees, or opt for some retail therapy at the East Rand Mall, less than 10km from OR Tambo International Airport.

Discover South Africa’s largest Pick n Pay Hypermarket (in 1975 the first Hypermarket to be opened in South Africa), major chain stores, a host of smaller specialised stores, plus restaurants, coffee shops and a nine-theatre digital cinema centre. For gifts and curios, check out the on-site Crafters Market, full of enticing handcrafted items.

For outdoor fun, spend a day at Wild Waters with nine thrilling rides, a wave pool, a putt-putt course, picnic spots and restaurants.

Boksburg Attractions

Wild Waters Boksburg

Wild Waters in the East Rand town of Boksburg in Ekurhuleni has been open for decades, and there is no reason to wonder why. How does one possibly get bored of sunshine, splashing around and water slides? Age is but a number when you are hurtling down a twirling slide, gleefully screaming even though you know what lies ahead.

This is a fun water resort ideal for family outings, gatherings of friends or even a party. People call Wild Waters “the beach within reach” and this impressive complex boasts nine thrilling water attractions including raging rapids, a wave pool, super-tube slide, speed slide and the scariest of all, the Kamikaze Slide, as well as regular swimming pools and special pools for little kids.

There are also plenty of spots to lay down a picnic blanket and soak up the sun, braai areas, sandpits, jungle gyms and special lapa areas that are available to hire for parties. There’s even volleyball and a putt-putt course. You can pick up snacks and refreshments at the Wild Waters tuck shop.

Wild Waters Contact Details:

Physical Address Rondebult Road (off N12), Boksburg, 1459 Follow signs from Rondebult Rd (off N12), Parking entrance on Loizdes Street, Boksburg, 1459
Phone Number +27 (0)11 826 6736

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More information on Boksburg

Boksburg was proclaimed on 2 March 1887 on Vogelfontein after gold was discovered there. It was is named in honour of Willem Eduard Bok (1846-1904), Transvaal State Secretary. Chris Hani (1942-1993), who was the leader of the South African Communist Party and member of the African National Congress’ (ANC) armed wing, was assassinated outside his Boksburg home in April 1993. His assassination was a turning point in South Africa’s road to democracy. At one point the political storm that erupted from the assassination threatened to derail South Africa’s relatively peaceful transition, but instead, it eventually strengthened the resolve of political leaders to negotiate a settlement, resulting in South Africa.

Key Statistics 2011

Total population 260,321
Young (0-14) 22,4%
Working Age (15-64) 73,2%
Elderly (65+) 4,3%
Dependency ratio 36,5
Sex ratio 109
Population density 1603 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+ 2,6%
Higher education aged 20+ 16,5%
Matric aged 20+ 38,2%
Number of households 87,852
Average household size 2,8
Female headed households 28,9%
Formal dwellings 66,6%
Housing owned/paying off 42,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage 70,2%
Weekly refuse removal 74,6%
Piped water inside dwelling 53,8%
Electricity for lighting 69%