Quick Facts: Roodepoort
- Total area is 206 square kilometres
- Total population is 225,000
- Founded in 1904
- 30 minute drive to Johannesburg CBD
Roodepoort is a residential area in the City of Johannesburg municipality. The name means "red valley" in Afrikaans, due to the red soils found there. Roodepoort was established in 1904 after the discovery of gold in the region. Although the gold reef proved to be unprofitable, the town of Roodepoort grew up around it and was declared a city in 1977. Roodepoort is home to Johannesburg's most well-known botanical garden, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. It has a small student population as Monash University is located there.