Holiday Accommodation in Benoni

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Africa Centre - Airport Guest Lodge & Tr      BenoniHotel / Lodge
Africa Centre Airport Leisure Hotel just 10 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, offering a modern approach to hotel accommodation with high levels of maintenance and cleanliness. The hotel offers FREE airport pick upís, wireless Internet, meeting room, restaurant, bar, dstv, pool table, sau...

Arallien Cottage BenoniBed & Breakfast
Kopanong Hotel And Conference Centre BenoniHotel / Lodge
Little Thaches B&B BenoniBed & Breakfast
The Kirkman's B&B BenoniBed & Breakfast

 The city of Benoni started life as apiece of "uitval grond" (oddly shaped pieces of land which were left over after the European farmers had marked out their farms). The president of the time, Paul Kruger, had these surveyed and sold as farms. One particular piece caused problems and reminded the surveyor of a story in the Bible where Rachel had a difficult time giving birth to her son whom she named Benoni -meaning " son of my sorrow". He then named this parcel of land Benoni.

Once gold was discovered, a development consisting of rows of rooms where the miners lived, was established between the mines. Deliveries of food came from local farmers or from Heidelberg, the nearest town. Apparently the pastime of the miners was heavy drinking and so wild behaviour became prevalent. In 1906 a mining magnate, Sir George Farrar, initiated the proper planning and development of a township for Benoni, a little further to the west of the original one.

However, the people of the town retained their reputation for wild behaviour, which erupted several years later in unrest and strikes. These strikes occurred during the elections of 1910 and then in 1913 and 1914, when the miners became dissatisfied with the power of the mining magnates who wanted to introduce cheaper labour and cut costs. This problem allowed for the formation of the labour movement and resulted in more civil unrest and strikes. In 1922 a major strike erupted and people were terrorised by the striking miners. Houses and property were destroyed before it was brought under control when government planes were sent to bomb the miners' hall. In the depression that followed, the population of the town declined.

The years between 1920 and 1940 saw significant growth in the black population of miners and their families, because poor rains and bad crops had caused economic disaster in the rural areas. Many rural people who were attracted to the towns, were confined to the informal settlements at Apex, along with people of Asian origin, under squalid, overcrowded conditions. In the early 1950's plans were made by the Mayor, Mr. William Davey, to acquire land to the north-east of the town and an entire population, larger than Benoni, had to be removed and re-located to what is now known as Daveyton.

Between 1950 and 1960 the gold diminished and the mining companies moved to Brakpan, marking the end of mining activity in Benoni. The economic activity changed to light engineering and other industries, and the town grew until it was proclaimed a cit~ in recent years.