Since the South African General Election held in 1994,
Heidelberg’s population expanded greatly to 71 000 plus.
The town has become a modern mini industrial centre, still
keeping its Victorian charm which has attracted many families
from the Greater Metropolitan area of Johannesburg to settle
Family needs are catered by a diversity of restaurants, the
Victorian Shopping Centre and existing retail outlets in the
centre of town.
Community needs such as sporting and recreation facilities and
a library exist in this beautiful town. Sporting facilities
consist of: a 9-hole golf course, bowling greens, tennis and
squash courts and many more.
Suikerbosrand Old Age Home provides for the needs of the
senior citizens. The religious aspect of Heidelberg is well
complemented by churches of various denominations.
Several Primary Schools in town provide education to junior
students. One High School, namely Hoër Volkskool, is where the
well-known Fanie de Villiers, Kobus Wiese, PG du Plessis and
many others studied.
Heidelberg is well known for its beautiful scenery, as well as
the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, one of Gauteng's premier
ecotourism destinations and Gauteng's highest point, almost
2,000 metres above sea level.
The Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve offers accommodation, camp
sites, one day walking trails and a large variety of wild
fauna and flora.
There are numerous 4 x 4 routes in the surrounding area of
The Vaal Dam is an easy 50km away from Heidelberg.
Heidelberg Airfield offers easy access and is only a stone
through from town.
The Airfield has expanded in the last 10 years by more than
300% and hosts an Air School called South African Flight
Heidelberg Kloof that used to be Aventura Resort is now a very
up marketed secure estate with still a few stands available,
offering a putt-putt course, squash courts, tennis courts and
swimming pool. A number of different species of wild life roam
Berg en Dal is another secure new development situated on the
border of Overkruin and the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve.
Heidelberg is now incorporated in the district of Sedibeng,
Acknowledgement: Riekie de Wet