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Coordinates: 25°59′57″S 28°7′35″E / 25.99917°S 28.12639°E / -25.99917; 28.12639

The Johannesburg Water water tower dominates the Midrand skyline.

Midrand is an area in the northern part of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was established as a municipality in 1981, but was incorporated the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality during the late 1990's. It was made part of Region 2 and, as of 2006, when the number of regions where reduced to seven, it forms part of Region A.

Midrand's town council officially ceased to exist in 1998 when Act 15 of 1981 Town Council of Midrand Act was repealed by Act 10 of 1998 Rationalisation of Local Government Affairs Act.[1]

Though no longer an independent town, the name Midrand is still on common use to denote the suburbs around the N1 highway north of the Jukskei River up to the border with City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. (This portion of the N1 highway is also known as the Ben Schoeman Highway.) Suburbs that are generally regarded as being in Midrand include among others: Carlswald, Crowthorne, Glen Austin, Halfway House, Halfway Gardens, Kyalami, Vorna Valley and Randjesfontein.

For more information see Region A.

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Government

The South African Civil Aviation Authority is headquartered in Midrand.[2]

Education

The Midrand Graduate Institute and UNISA's Graduate School of Business Leadership is located in Midrand.

The city is relatively modern, having experienced much growth in the last decade. Many businesses have relocated there due to its proximity to good highway links and its location in the economic centre of Gauteng Province. Midrand's development has meant there is little break between the outskirts of Johannesburg and those of Pretoria, and the Gauteng Provincial Government envisages that, according to current growth trends, much of the province will be city by 2015.

Midrand is also the location of the African Union's Pan-African Parliament.

Trivia

  • Kyalami, an international renowned racetrack is in Midrand and is the venue for many of South Africa's premier motor racing events.
  • The South Africa Lipizzaners are situated in the smallholdings of Kyalami.
  • Midrand has the largest[citation needed] conference centre in South Africa which is known as Gallagher Estate which was built on the former site of Laerskool/Primary School Halfway House, which subsequently moved to new grounds near the firestation.

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