Dr HJ van der Bijl, a brilliant young scientist working in the United States, was called back to South Africa in 1920 by Prime Minister Jan Smuts to advise the government on planning South Africa'a industrial development. Van der Bijl oversaw the inauguration of the Iron and Steel Corporations's (ISCOR) first plant at Pretoria in 1934 and, with increased demand, 10 000ha was bought to build a large steelworks and model city for its employees - Vanderbijlpark.

The steelworks, the largest works in the Southern Hemisphere, began operating in 1947 and the town, which forms Gauteng's border along the Vaal River, was proclaimed in 1949 and attained municipal status in 1952.

Vanderbijlpark's 500 000 trees shade streets named after scientists, engineers, composers, poets, writers and medical practitioners. They house one of the most cosmopolitan communities in the country.


Enfuleni Resort
An extensive riverbank development.

Loch Vaal
Built in 1922, this all-encompassing watersystem provides Southern Gauteng with over a billion litres daily. Unsprisingly, it has become a popular watersports destination with excellent facilities.
Points of interest close to Vanderbijlpark:


Sebokeng Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)16 930 3361 / 12
Johan Heyns Hospital

Tel: 016 950 6000
Mediclinic Emfuleni

Mediclinic Emfuleni, in Vanderbijlpark is supported by specialists in most medical and surgical disciplines

Tel: +27 16 950 8000

Quest Conference Centre

Quest Conference Centre is a fully equipped conference, training and event facility, conveniently located in the Vaal Triangle.

Tel: +27(0)16 910 3001/2
Universities & Colleges

Vaal University of Technology

Vaal University of Technology has grown in stature and size as a higher education institution, drawing students from all over the country and the African continent

Tel: (016) 950 9000
North West University (Vaal Triangle Campus)

North West University (Vaal Triangle Campus) was established by popular demand from business and industry around Vanderbijlpark

Tel: (016) 910-3111
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