Having spent the whole of my 56 years in this lovely town, I have decided to document all that I can About Benoni.
Benoni is a town in the Ekurhuleni municipal area, Gauteng. The other towns in Ekurhuleni are Alberton, Boksburg, Brakpan, Edenvale, Germiston, Kempton Park, Nigel and Springs.
Benoni covers an area of approximately 175,6 km2 and in the 2011 census the population was recorded at 158 777. Benoni is at an elevation of 1 645 m above sea level. The dialing code for Benoni is 011.
Benoni’s beginnings in 1881 can be read about in the History of Benoni on this site.
Benoni is also fondly known as the City of Lakes due to the 4 large lakes – Homestead Lake, Middle Lake, Civic Lake and the Kleinfontein Lake. These 4 lakes can be seen on the Map of Benoni.
There are quite a few Suburbs in Benoni. More on the Benoni Suburbs.
Benoni has its own museum that opened in 1994 on the corner of Elston Avenue and Rothsay Street. Much of the town history is recorded and also details of the “Rand Revolt” that took place in 1922. It is well worth a visit.
Shopping Centers and Malls
Below are the more popular Malls and Shopping Centers that I often visit and that I can offer views on.
The Lakeside Mall is situated on the shore of the Civic Lake, between Bunyan Street and Voortrekker Street on the CBD side of the Lake. It was completed in 1990 and offered much excitement to the residents of Benoni and beyond.
One of the huge features is the 160 m long steam boat replica called the Lakeside Queen. The boat accommodated a few retail shops and a popular restaurant. A few years ago the boat was “closed” and the shops and restaurant were no more.
The numerous movie theaters also pulled out of the Lakeside Mall leaving a large part empty.
Unfortunately the mall has now become somewhat of an eye-sore in my opinion and I miss the days before it was built. The land it occupies used to be the perfect setting for the Benoni Carnivals and the area was less spoiled.
Opened in 1970 it was one of Benoni’s first Shopping Centers. It is situated between 1st and 2nd Streets and below 9th Avenue in Northmead. The mall has undergone many face lifts and changes through the years.
The Northmead Mall offers many popular retailers and a popular Pick n Pay. We often visit this quieter and relaxed mall.
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