Glen Austin, Midrand, Gauteng - Midrand Conference Venue

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Glen Austin

Glen Austin is a suburb of Midrand, situated about half way between Johannesburg and Pretoria. The rural atmosphere of Glen Austin is in complete contrast to the urban sprawl of Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria. Whilst much of Midrand and Centurion have seen considerable development, Glen Austin is still dominated by residential housing on Agricultural Holdings. Most plots are 3 morgen, or have been subdivided into 3 single morgen plots. A morgen is about 2.2 acres or about .85 of a hectare. There are still small farms and many horse stables within Glen Austin, and some residents keep waterfowl, chickens, and grow vegetables and fruit in their gardens. It has the lowest crime statistics in Midrand.

This unique juxtaposition of country life, yet with all the convenience of city living on the doorstep appeals to a wide range of people. Residents with young families find a type of life that allows the family to develop with all the advantages of country and city living. Retirees too feel Glen Austin offers them an unbeatable combination of convenience, and tranquility. Obviously a number of residents run a business from their smallholding too.

The area is home to the South African Bullfrog, there are wetlands within the Glen Austin borders, and nearby where this endangered species makes a home, and the major pan is a reserve.

Glen Austin boasts a range of accommodation for the visitor, and is very convenient for the nearby business estates, which have grown along the N1. There are local convenience stores, with the major shopping in and around Midrand. The Zonke I zizwe development will bring a major regional shopping mall a few kilometres away. The major traffic flows will bypass Glen Austin, as the access roads from each direction will have direct access to the new mall. The mall will be virtually the same size as Menlyn Centre in Pretoria, and will be about 2.5 times the size of Eastgate. Next to the new mall will be the Gautrain Station and the new buildings of the Pan African Parliament.

In the 1800s a Voortrekker named Daniel Erasmus pegged out the area known today as Midrand as his land. On his death, Daniel's grand daughter, Anne Erasmus, as part of her inheritance, was willed land which included the Glen Austin area. In 1920 Anne married Mr Eustace Gain Austin and from that union came the name Glen Austin.



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