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Germiston is a city in the East Rand of Gauteng in South Africa. It was established in the early days of the gold rush when two prospectors, John Jack from the farm of Germiston near Glasgow and August Simmer from Vacha in Germany, struck paydirt on the farm of Elandsfontein. Both men made fortunes and the town sprung up next to the mine. In 1921 the world's largest gold refinery, the Rand Refinery, was established at Germiston. Germiston is now part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality which includes much of the East Rand, and is also considered part of Greater Johannesburg. The WesBank Raceway motorsports facility was in the city until it was closed down in November 2007. Notable people to come from Germiston include: Andre Nel (South African cricket fast bowler), Andre Watson (Rugby Referee), Antionette Janse Van Vurren, who was the reason the phrase 'you've been Germistoned' was made-up, which means your operations have been messed up by a person who is not psychologically sound, Pierre Isse (Bafana Bafana Defender), Dr Sydney Brenner, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Ernie Els (professional golfer), Albert Johanneson (Professional Footballer and first black player to play in the FA Cup), Ted Grant (Trotzkyist politician and theorist) and Helen Suzman (anti-apartheid activist and politician). Apparently the house wherein Daisy Louisa De Melker lived (and murdered her husbands) is also located in Germiston.


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