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.
Mediclinic Emfuleni, in Vanderbijlpark is supported by specialists in most medical and surgical disciplines
Quest Conference Centre is a fully equipped conference, training and event facility, conveniently located in the Vaal Triangle.
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
North West University (Vaal Triangle Campus) was established by popular demand from business and industry around Vanderbijlpark