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  • 255,863

  • 91,273

  • 21,3%

  • 68,5%

  • 78,6%

  • 78,6%

Germiston was originally named Elandsfontein after the farm on which it was established, in 1887. In 1904, however, its name was changed to Germiston, after a farm near Glasgow in Scotland, birthplace of the gold-mining pioneer, John Jack. (GPS coordinates: 26.2319 S, 28.1734 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population255,863
Young (0-14)21,5%
Working Age (15-64)73,4%
Elderly (65+)5,2%
Dependency ratio36,3
Sex ratio105,8
Population density1786 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2%
Higher education aged 20+21,3%
Matric aged 20+39,1%
Number of households91,273
Average household size2,7
Female headed households29,6%
Formal dwellings78,4%
Housing owned/paying off41,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage78,6%
Weekly refuse removal80,3%
Piped water inside dwelling68,5%
Electricity for lighting78,6%

Place names

Ekurhuleni Municipality