Rayton is a vibrant community near Pretoria. Today you find a wide variety of things
to do, places to stay, wedding and conference venues, horse ranches, fishing spots,
dairy farms plus crafts and arts in the region. In Rayton Town you’ll find a shopping
centre, petrol stations, medical services, schools, churches and family homes.
Venues - please send pictures and text to update site.
Rayton GPS Co-ordinates
About Rayton Meander
Gauteng, South Africa
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Building Local Value Chains
EXAMPLES OF VALUE CHAINS:
Support local farmers
Support local crafts eg candle making, soaps, linen, tradesman
Support local catering staff, drivers, taxis, landscapers
Dedicate a corner in your business to market local creative arts, writers, poets,
Organise story telling for your guests around a fire with local story tellers
Train spa treatment staff
Train every single employee on customer service
Have auctions with local school artists drawings or paintings
Support a chosen local NGO/NPO – tell your guests about them with a flyer in their
rooms, book a visit to the centre
Have wedding entrance dance team for weddings
Have drumming healing sessions – use local
Stock homemade jams, sauces, with labelling and funky jars
Identify community bakers for sweet desserts
Support LOCAL businesses!
Please Note -
This website is under development. This website will be upgraded and enhanced as
soon as we have pictures and good text from all product owners, venues, artists,
Rayton (also known as Rayton Junction early in its settlement) is a town in North-Eastern
Gauteng which started out as a tin shack mining town on the farm Elandshoek.
During its boom days the town served the needs of thousands of diggers and prospectors
working for the Schiller, Montrose and Dunmore mining companies.
A mini diamond rush sparked by Sir Thomas Cullinan's discovery of a kimberlite diamond
pipe (which has since been named Cullinan Diamond Mine) nearby is what caused the
town to boom.
The original Rayton Junction was laid out along a spur of the main NZASM railway
line, which was completed in 1895 to connect the Republic of Transvaal's capital,
Pretoria to the port in Delagoa bay, Mozambique.
Officials in the Montrose Diamond Mining Company did the town planning and named
the hamlet after Lady Rachel Ray Williston, wife of the company's first manager,
The town's first—and at the time the only—brick building was the original magistrate’s
office, which dates from this early time.
During the Second World War Italian prisoners of war were interned at Zonderwater
just north of town, and massive military logistics and supply depots were established
between Cullinan and Rayton.
After the war, the Stella Diamond Mining Company bought the land around the town
and declared a peri-urban municipality with relatively cheap properties.
Rayton's proximity to Pretoria's expanding eastern suburbs allowed steady growth
from the 1970s into the latter part of the 20th century.
Today, Rayton is a thriving town that serves the need of prison wardens at the nearby
Zonderwater Prison, staff at the Cullinan diamond mine as well as the surrounding
farming community, with the Willem Prinsloo agricultural museum celebrating the area's
rich agricultural history on the farm Kleinfontein.
Many settled town residents have found employment in surrounding suburbs of Pretoria.
Notable people in Rayton
Jan Ellis: Springbok loose forward who played 38 tests for South Africa until 1976.
Jan Ellis passed away recently. His family now operates the petrol station and Jan
Bennie Labuschgane: 1992 Olympian, three-time African champion, Commonwealth Games
medallist and named one of South Africa's six Wrestler's of the 20th Century, now
Head Coach of University of Pretoria's wrestling club.
Kees Legemaat: resident dairy farmer and director of the northern region of the South
African Milk Producers' Organisation.
Lucas C Viljoen: pedagoque, pioneer of South Africa's parallel medium school system
and mentor of black principals in rural areas.
Alwyn Viljoen: print and radio journalist specialising in transport.
Rayton Shopping Centre - Pick A Pay, ABSA, Post Office, Optometrists, Chemist, Hi
Q Tyres, Nice Pub, ….
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as we have pictures and good text from all product owners, service providers, venues,
012 - 734- 5236
294 Van Rooyen St, Rayton firstname.lastname@example.org
Fire / Veld Fires / Fire Brigade Brandbestuurspan Herman van Zyl, brandoffisier: 082-421-8043;
Henk Brits, ondersteuning: 083-299-7215; Sonja Cilliers, voorsitter: 083-260-5068;
Lassidy Roets, opleiding: 082-826-9280; en Pieter Du Toit, ondervoorsitter: 072-060-8612. Wyk
2: Yzervarkfontein: Marius Barnard, 071-677-2529 en Japie Visagie, 083-611-8404. Wyk
3: Boschkop: Hanré van der Merwe, 083-248-5595 en Ian Wallace, 083-290-6044. Wyk 31:
Kleinsonderhout: Cobus Pretorius, 082-436-3030. Wyk 4: Witpoort: Chris Nel, 083-704-4106. Wyk
41: Onbekend: Ben Dreyer, 084-207-7339. Wyk 5: Knoppiesfontein, Rietfontein en Elandsvlei:
Frikkie Jacobs, 083-453-0490. Wyk 6: Bashewa en Tierpoort: Piet van der Merwe, 083-302-0565. Wyk
61: Bashewa, Tierpoort en Rietfontein: Frank Da Serra, 083-453-0490. Wyk 62: Klipkop:
Gerbrand Bruin, 011-964-1591. Wyk 8: Vaalbank en Valtaki: Walter Schillingen, 076-855-4112. Wyk
9: Mooiplaats, Zwavelpoort en Boschkop: Nic Woodrow, 082-924-4259.