This page includes information on the history of Vereeniging, interesting facts about Vereeniging and some places of interest situated close to Vereeniging.


There are also a number of famous people who were born in Vereeniging, or who grew up in Vereeniging.


There is also a fine, world renowned golf course in Vereeniging



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Vereeniging is a city in Gauteng province, South Africa, with a population of more than 350,000.


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 Afrikaans/Dutch word meaning "association" or "union"

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 well 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.


Nearby Vereeniging is the predominantly black community of Sharpeville, Gauteng, the site of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. Although named after Vereeniging, the Treaty of Vereeniging was actually signed at Melrose House, Pretoria.

Motto: Per Pacem Ad Industriam

("From peace to industry")



  • 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.
  • Famous actor, comedian, film-maker, presenter and singer Leon Schuster was born in Vereeniging on May 21, 1951


Emerald Casino Resort

The Emerald Resort & Casino, resides on the lush banks of the Vaal River, less than an hour from O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Emerald Resort & Casino is a place where business is combined with pleasure, action with relaxation, and finesse with frivolity. Whether you choose to escape the rat race for a weekend, convene a business meeting, wager a winning hand or simply bring the family for a great day out – Emerald Resort & Casino fulfils every requirement

Emerald Casino Resort

Maccauvlei Golf Course

Players arriving at Maccauvlei are introduced to a country setting with the old traditional club house offering first class facilities in halfway house, the bar and change rooms.


A driving range is also at the course and practice balls are available from the Pro Shop. Caddies and golf carts can also be reserved at the Pro Shop.


Accommodation for the visitor is found adjacent to the club within walking distance and offers various seminar facilities as well.

Maccauvlei Golf Course  close to Vereeniging


Marievale Bird Sanctuary

The sanctuary is about 10 km2 in size and comprises numerous, large, shallow waterbodies.


Small patches of grassland are found on the eastern margin of the sanctuary.


The sanctuary hosts the largest variety of bird species in the Gauteng Province and, to date, over 280 species of birds and mammals have been recorded to cohabit the sanctuary.

Marievale Bird Sanctuary


Jabulani Butterfly Garden

Contact Number: 083 979 6713 Address: 1332 The Avenue, Henley on Klip,Vereeniging

Time: 10am-4pm daily (closed Mondays)

Visit to the Jabulani Butterfly Garden to see both local and exotic butterflies as well as some other small animals. A pleasure for both children and adults


Take a walk through our flighthouse and experience local and exotic butterflies flying all year round. Enjoy a look at some of the other exotic animals we have in terrarium. We arrange fantastic educational class trips for schools.

Jabulani Butterfly Garden


Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is a protected area in the Suikerbosrand Range, South Africa. It is one of Gauteng’s premier ecotourism destinations. Set just a short distance from Johannesburg, an hour's drive from Johannesburg International Airport and near the historical town of Heidelberg, this reserve boasts a representative sample of the fauna and flora of the Rocky Highveld Grassland biome.

This unspoiled natural environment and a mountain range offers an unbelievably refreshing break from the bustling city life.

The Suikerbosrand ridge was originally named after sugar cane (probably sorghum) found growing here by the party of general Hendrik Potgieter on 5 June 1836.

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve


Treehaven Waterfowl Trust

Situated 3km from Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa, and only a 45 minute drive from Sandton, Johannesburg, Treehaven Waterfowl Trust is an oasis comprising just over 12 hectares (30 acres) of specially developed wetlands dedicated to the world’s waterfowl.


All 16 species of South African ducks, 116 species of exotic ducks, geese and swans , over 65 species of wild water birds that visit Treehaven regularly, 4 Species of Flamingos, all 3 South African crane species, which form part of a captive breeding program, for release into the wild, beautiful gardens and cascading water can all be seen here at Treehaven Waterfowl Trust


Treehaven Waterfowl Trust

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