Alberton at a glance
Alberton is a city situated on the southern part of the East Rand which celebrated its centenary year in 2005. Alberton is located on the banks of the Natal Spruit close to the main urban centres of Johannesburg (which lies 15 km to the northwest) and Pretoria (which is 76 km to the north).
It has large industrial areas; Alrode, which is Alberton's current industrial suburb, was established in 1943. It has now become a part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, together with other towns such as Bedfordview, Edenvale and Germiston.
Alberton is unique in that is does not have a reason for its location apart from its proximity to the major population centre. It’s a community primarily residential in character, with majority of its workers commuting to work in neighbouring suburbs or cities. The town has numerous access roads to all major highways in Gauteng.
There are a variety of shopping centres (just minutes away you will find the massive East Rand Shopping Mall), libraries, clinics, hospitals and entertainment facilities. There are also sports facilities and clubs and it is home to the Reading Country Club and Golf Course. Alberton was also home to the now redundant New Market Race Course, which is now a shopping mall.