Katlehong,South Africa

Katlehong is City/Area of Gauteng, Latitude: -26.34, Longitude: 28.157

Katlehong is large township 35 km east of theJohannesburg and south of Germiston between two other townships of Thokoza and Vosloorus next to the N3 highway in the City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality of Gauteng Province of South Africa.

Katlehong (place of success) was established in 1945 and has become a high-density area in Gauteng with 6 informal settlements in its southern part. There is serious overcrowding e.g. in each tiny yard, shacks are set up for rent – one toilet often serves five to six families. Despite being surrounded by an industrial area, there is a high level of unemployment. Katlehong is one of the most poorly served areas in Gauteng in terms of community development. Together with Thokoza and Vosloorus it forms the second biggest black township after Soweto.

As a historic site Katlehong together with Thokoza township share a region formerly known as Palmietfontein Airport, which was a wartime air force base converted to a temporary airport to serve Johannesburg whilst the new airport, Jan Smuts Airport (now OR Tambo International Airport), was being built. Palmietfontein was transformed into a motor racing circuit for the 1956 Rand Grand Prix, which was won by Peter Whitehead. The township of Katlehong was eventually established on the site, although parts of the original runway are still visible on Google Maps to this day.

Notable people
Katlehong is home and gave birth to some of the South Africa’s celebrated personalities and sports players, notably:

Sibusiso Khumalo, professional soccer player
Sifiso Hlope, digital thought leader
Kwesta, rapper
Tshepang Motsieloa, activist , politician
Nkosinathi Ngema, footballer
Emmanuel Ngobese, professional soccer player
See also
Huntersfield Stadium
Jump up to: a b c d “Main Place Katlehong”. Census 2011.
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