The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Akasia

Akasia main road


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Akasia is situated north-west of Pretoria. The land that it occupies was historically used for agricultural purposes but since its small start in 1904, it has grown to be a significant manufacturing area with a number of residential suburbs. Akasia falls within the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. Today the population is around 60,000.

The area has a large shopping mall that caters for most needs. There are two golf courses nearby. They are Thornbrook Golf Estate and Hillside Golf Course. Wonderboom airport is not far away.

Rosslyn is a significant industrial area that provides jobs for many of the residents of Akasia. Two of the main companies located in the area are Nissan South Africa and BMW South Africa. Each year a large number of motor vehicles are produced by these two plants. Two other big companies at Rosslyn are South African Breweries and Nampak.

The Magaliesberg "mountains" form a pleasing backdrop along the southern edge of the town.

See also: The Orchards and Chantelle.

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Akasia shopping mall

Above - Shopping mall in Akasia

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