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Motto: Per Pacem Ad Industriam
("From peace to industry")
Vereeniging is located in Gauteng
Vereeniging is located in South Africa
 Vereeniging shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°40′25″S 27°55′55″E / 26.67361°S 27.93194°E / -26.67361; 27.93194Coordinates: 26°40′25″S 27°55′55″E / 26.67361°S 27.93194°E / -26.67361; 27.93194
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
District Sedibeng
Municipality Emfuleni
Established 1892
 • Total 191.33 km2 (73.87 sq mi)
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 73,283
 • Density 380/km2 (990/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2001)[1]
 • Black African 38.5%
 • Coloured 6.2%
 • Indian/Asian 7.6%
 • White 47.7%
First languages (2001)[1]
 • Afrikaans 46.6%
 • Sotho 20.9%
 • English 16.3%
 • Zulu 5.7%
 • Other 10.5%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)

Vereeniging is a city in Gauteng province, South Africa. It is also one of the constituent parts of the Vaal Triangle region and was formerly situated in the Transvaal province. The name Vereeniging is derived from the Dutch word meaning "association" or "union".


  Geographical information

Vereeniging is situated in the southern part of Gauteng Province, and neighbors Vanderbijlpark (to the west), Three Rivers (east), Meyerton (north) and Sasolburg (south). The city is currently one of the most important industrial manufacturing centres in South Africa, with its chief products being iron, steel, pipes, bricks, tiles and processed lime.

The predominant language in Vereeniging is Afrikaans, followed closely by English and Sesotho.


The city was founded in 1892 and is situated on the banks of the northern loop of the Vaal River. Much of its early growth was due to the nearby coal mines.

The city is known for being the location where the Treaty of Vereeniging ending the Second Boer War (1899–1902) was negotiated. During this conflict, a concentration camp was set up by the British military in the area. The concentration camp at Vereeniging was set up in September 1900, and by October 1901 housed 185 men, 330 women, and 452 children. Conditions at the camp were very poor, water was brought by cart (there was no direct water supply) and only 24 latrines. Most inmates lived in bell-tents but there was a dispensary and a school. Today, the site of the concentration camp has been replaced by the Maccauvlei Golf Course.[2]

Vereeniging was one of the first municipalities in South Africa to provide better housing for Africans. Near Vereeniging is the predominantly black community of Sharpeville, Gauteng, the site of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960.

Since 1994, Vereeniging has been the home of southern Africa's annual LED Festival.

  Trade and industry

The city's motto is Per Pacem ad Industriam ("Through peace to industry"). It is currently one of the most important industrial manufacturing centres in South Africa, with its chief products being iron, steel, pipes, bricks, tiles and processed lime. Several coal mines are also still situated in the area, with reserves being estimated at four billion tons. Other mines nearby extract fire-clay, silica and building stone. Vereeniging also has several Eskom thermal power plants that supply electricity to the nearby goldmines.

Vereeniging has been mentioned jokingly as the town in South Africa which has the most vehicle dealerships per square metre.

  Suburbs and municipality

In the census of 2001 the population of Vereeniging was recorded as 73,283.[3]

Vereeniging consists of 20 suburbs:

Since 1999, Vereeniging has been part of the Emfuleni Local Municipality, along with Vanderbijlpark and the smaller Three Rivers.

Map of Three Rivers


Various health services are available in Vereeniging. The majority of these services are located in or near the major medical centres. These include:

  • Vereeniging Medi-Clinic
  • Midvaal Private Hospital
  • Kopanong Hospital
  • Sebokeng Hospital
  • Sebokeng Private Hospital


  • 3 Rivers Christian Academy (English medium - ACE)
  • Milton Primary (English medium)
  • Suikerbos Laerskool (Afrikaans medium)
  • Handhawer Laerskool (Afrikaans medium)
  • Sonland Park Laerskool (Afrikaans medium)
  • Unitas Park Laerskool (Afrikaans medium)
  • Selborne Primary (English medium)
  • Arcon Park Primary (English medium)
  • Three Rivers Laerskool (English & Afrikaans)
  • Vryheidsmonument Laerskool (Afrikaans medium)
  • Risiville Laerskool (Afrikaans medium)
  • Vereeniging High (Afrikaans medium)
  • Three Rivers High (Afrikaans & English)
  • Vereeniging Technical High (Afrikaans medium)
  • Overvaal High (Afrikaans medium)
  • Riverside High (English medium)
  • General Smuts High (English medium)
  • Word of Life School (English medium - CIE)

  Tertiary institutions


Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club

Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club is situated on a unique bend of the scenic Vaal River and a quick 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg. This luxurious resort caters for discerning business and leisure travellers alike. Whether you visit the hotel for a family getaway or for a conference, your needs will always be exceeded.

This is one of few child friendly Vaal River resorts that have struck a perfect balance for family entertainment as well as business travel. Always ready to accommodate, amuse and entertain everyone with ample choices.

The resort has 89 stylish and spacious rooms all featuring a unique angle of the Vaal River – where you can experience optimum quality, comfort and elegance during your leisure holidays.

The accommodation packages include all the Vaal River resort’s entertainment offers ranging from golf and spa to delicious dining and pleasure cruises as well as water sports adventures. The hotel blends a comfortable stay seasoned with great activities that you will truly appreciate.


  • F.W. de Klerk was first elected to the South African parliament in 1969 as the member for Vereeniging.
  • Bles Bridges, a well known Afrikaans country singer, also stayed in Vereeniging, until his death in 2000.
  • Charl Schwartzel (the 2011 US Masters champion), Morné Morkel and Albie Morkel attended Vereeniging High.
  • Although named after Vereeniging, the Treaty of Vereeniging was actually signed at Melrose House, Pretoria.
  • General Smuts High School, one of the English language schools found in Vereeniging, was named after the famous General Smuts of the League of Nations fame.
  • It is said that Mohandas K Gandhi was briefly incarcerated in the old town jail, the ruins of which were visible in the grounds of Handhawer Primary School.
  • The motto of the city is "Per Pacem ad Industriam" ("Through peace to industry").


The latest crime statistics for Vereeniging Police Precinct was issued by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in September 2010. The SAPS crime report[4] showed the following information:

Type of crime 2008/2009 2009/2010
Burglary at non-residential premises 302 348
Burglary at residential premises 505 797
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle 586 609
Carjacking 48 77
Truck hijacking 31 37
  Flooding along Sugarbush Drive, Three Rivers Proper
  Brandmuller Avenue in Three Rivers Proper

  Flooding 2011

In December 2010 and January 2011 the southern part of Gauteng and Mpumulanga experienced a higher than normal rainfall. This resulted in the need to release more water from the nearby Vaal dam. As a consequence, Vereeniging and the rest of the towns downstream were flooded.


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