The history of the old Simmer & Jack gold mine, which the S&J Industrial Estate will be built on, is just as rich as the value still left in the now abandoned mineshafts.

The Simmer and Jack mine 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, struck pay-dirt on the farm of Elandsfontein. In 1921, the world’s largest gold refinery, the Rand Refinery was established at Germiston. Gold mining gradually wound down and, by the end of the 20th century, no longer existed