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Kempton Park: On the flight path

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With a history stretching back to the early mining days, Kempton Park now features affordable homes with easy access to air and highway travel, good schools, shopping centres and more

Kempton Park was established in August 1903 when Karl Friedrich Wolff sub-divided a portion of his Zuurfontein farm into 216 residential stands, and named the new town Kempton after the German town in Bavaria.

Kempton Park is situated within the progressive Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and shares administrative boundaries with Joburg. It is situated south of Tembisa, one of the largest townships in South Africa, which is also integrated into Ekurhuleni.

Kempton Park lies on what was originally a set of Boer farms proclaimed during the early mining years. The first was Zuurfontein, and the second, north-west of the first, was Rietfontein.

A street in Kempton Park, situated close to OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Itumeleng English/ANA

A railway connecting Pretoria to Vereeniging and to the Cape line was constructed in the early 1890s and it passed through the two farms with a station at Zuurfontein. The line also serviced a dynamite factory to the north-west.

Property specialist André Landman of Seeff says Kempton Park has much to offer in the way of a rewarding real estate investment.

“These go from compact but comfortable townhouses for the first-time buyer, selling at R500 000 and less, to luxury homes in upmarket estates selling at R16 million.

Blaaupan Dam is a favourite with residents and visitors who love birds and nature. Picture: Itumeleng English/ANA

“House-hunting in Kempton Park is stress-free through a state-of-the-art multi-listing and networking system, where one agency can offer up to 600 homes across the board.”

Landman says Kempton Park offers excellent schooling, convenient and free-flowing shopping centres, restaurants and easy access to main arterial roads.

“There are two golf courses, and you also have the Gautrain and OR Tambo International Airport together with world-class entertainment offered by Emperor’s Palace on your doorstep,” says Landman.

Gideon van Zyl, councillor for Ward 15 and an information technologist and photographer, has lived in Kempton Park for nine years with his artist wife Susan, sons David and Dante, three dogs (Chika, Lucy and Nugget) and two parrots (Ruby and Kabous).

“Properties are reasonably priced and good value, with many erven larger than 1 000m². There is a diversity of residents and the active community is well-integrated.”

He says many complexes have been developed lately, and there are now several boomed-off areas.

“We have good municipal facilities with several libraries, clinics, the civic centre and municipal services being supplied from local offices in Kempton Park.”

The large, affordable properties, strong sense of community, decent facilities close by and proximity to OR Tambo International attract buyers. 

“I am a passionate photographer and operate a studio. It is more work-hobby than a job. I have also been a singer/songwriter, and when I need to get away I still pick up the guitar and string a few chords together to clear my head.”

“Our favourite restaurants are Jose’s in Glen Marais, Hava Java in Elgin Mall and Ocean Basket in Glen Marais.”

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