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Living in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

14 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Vanderbijlpark, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 14 people living in Vanderbijlpark what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


14 comments on “Vanderbijlpark”

When moving to Vanderbijlpark, you might be surprised at the size of this area. Although it was mainly an industrial town, it now caters to its cosmopolitan mix of people with more than ample retails stores and shopping centres and affluent neighbourhoods. Take a boat ride on the Vaal River to see some spectacular residential properties. The water level of the river is controlled and is thus suitable for watersports throughout the year. Welcome to Vanderbijlpqrk.

Vanderbijlpark is a very quiet and subtle place to live in. There are quite a few tourist attractions and it is known for having a beautiful river, which is also a fresh water provider in the country. There are several activities which an individual can do, activities such as rock climbing, canoeing and fishing.

Anyone considering to move to Vanderbijlpark must know that it is a beautiful city with less crime rates compared to other cities like Cape Town. They would also know that it is an industrial city mainly composed of steel making, smelting and selling. It has one technical university called Vaal university.

It is small place so it has a limited number of certain and well known stores. It has nice landscape for fun activities and the perfect weather to go with. It is also a very quiet place for people who are looking into living in a place that is peaceful.

Melissa, says: 2020

Vanderbijlpark is a very quiet place, being only 40 minutes away from the big city makes it the perfect place for people who enjoy a bit of time away from the hustle and bustle. I would highly recommend moving here as we have great community, love for the outdoors and silence.

Daniel, says: 2020

Vanderbijlpark is a small town, which is highly populated by students of the nearby university. In short everybody knows everybody or has seen everybody. It is a peaceful town, but lately there has been a high rise in crimes such as burglaries, robbing at gunpoint, kidnappings (given the high rate of human trafficking in South Africa) and alcohol abuse which is common in student dominated areas.

Amogelang, says: 2020

Most people who stay in the area are university students given the two neighbouring universities, VUT and NWU. Vanderbijlpark is very cost effective especially for new graduates.

My city is very small and has multiple institutions of learning which accommodates individuals from neighboring states. My city is surrounded by nature and the spirit of the religious citizens keeps everything going. The energetic youth is responsible for the never dying nerve of creativity which lives in the arts of the streets.

There are two well established learning institutions in this town, and it is a very history-filled location. It is a very hospitable town, anyone planning to move here will surely enjoy the surroundings.

Esther, says: 2020

Vanderbijlpark is a well established city, with great amenities. It boasts a beautiful casino that caters to young and old, with a fantastic hotel, zoo and kiddies play park. We also have a world class shopping centre with various restaurants and an Imax movie theatre. Situated on the banks of the Vaal River, there is no end to outdoor activities and fantastic venues for your family get-togethers.

it is far from the ocean but the weather is friendly, not too hot or too cold. It is a great place for small businesses as it is still a developing city, it is also close to the big companies such as Arcelormittal South Africa and Sasol.

Lazaro, says: 2020

Vanderbijlpark is a city complete with talent of all walks of life where the young and elderly believe in literal empowerment of the society. The community of creatives filled with ambitious people who aspire to grow. The determination of our peers seek grounds to explore and grow despite disadvantages facing them.

Veroshen, says: 2020

Vanderbijlpark is one of the industrial regions in South Africa. It is in the Southern Gauteng and form part of the towns referred to as the Vaal triangle which comprises of Vereeniging, a town also in Southern Gauteng and Sasolburg, another industrial area in Free State province. Vanderbijlpark has a population of about 95 000 people mainly consisting of the Sotho and Afrikaans speaking people of South Africa. The climate is temperate but usually colder than the adjourning towns. This may be attributed to the Vaal river. The river is dammed, which contributes significantly to the municipal water supply to most part of the Gauteng province.

Andrea, says: 2020

Vanderbijlpark is a wonderful city with the greatest people, but electricity problems limit our ability to reliably conduct business online. The unemployment rate is increasing, especially for youths after graduating. We also have people protesting against foreigners taking their jobs so it is not that safe.

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