Marlboro, Gauteng

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Marlboro is located in Gauteng
 Marlboro shown within Gauteng
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Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Established {{#property:P571}}
 • Total 0.26 km2 (0.10 sq mi)
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 538
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)
Postal code (street) 2090
PO box 2063

Marlboro is part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and is a suburb of Sandton.

Marlboro is divided into 2 zones: Marlboro Gardens, a residential area established as a township for Indians, and Marlboro Industrial Township (Marlboro South).

Marlboro Industrial Township is situated directly north of Alexandra Township, east of the industrial township of Wynberg and south of the residential township Marlboro Gardens.

This site is bounded by First Street and Vasco Da Gama Street to the south, Pretoria Main Road to the west, Fifth Street to the north and Seventh Avenue to the east.

The area is accessible via the M1 and M3 highways via Marlboro Drive.


About 10,000 people, 2,500 households residing in the township. A large number of Marlboro residents (60%) live in backyard shacks or illegally occupied abandoned factories premises.

The racial makeup of the township is 85.30% African and 15.70 other races.


It has had a long and multifarious history, in apartheid 1948, the township became a "black spot" and residents were threatened with removal. Freehold title was abolished and some families were removed, leaving the majority as tenants of the government.

During the 1980s, Marlboro was characterized by conflict and development. There were long boycotts and clashes with the apartheid government, but during that time roads were tarred for the first time and houses and nearly 50 blocks of flats were built.

There has been a population boom in the township following the repealing of apartheid laws that restricted the movement of black people.

People from across South Africa and from neighboring countries flooded into the area seeking work and shelter.

Local government

In the council there are two councilors, elected by votes from the Marlboro Township and who are responsible for the township and assert its interests.[2]

Nr Councilor Areas with ward
1 Clr. L. MACHABA From 3rd Avenue Vasco Da Gama to Joe Nhlanhla to 17th Avenue Vasco Da Gama and Joe Nhlanhla and Marlboro Industries
2 Clr. J. NGALONKULU Kelvin Eastgate Exts 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, Gallo Manor, Kelvin View, Marlboro Gardens, Morningside Manor, Wendywood, Wesco Park, Wynberg

Local political issues

Marlboro South, known as Marlboro Industrial area, is a source of employment to Alexandra area where several plants and factories are located; the two areas are linked with an integrated road network.[3]

Nevertheless, the area suffers from the lack of municipal services from the local authorities and has high level of crimes.[4]

Because the most business owners are moving to better developed business areas, they abandon their premises and factories are closing, these premises being occupied by homeless people illegally. A big problem remains lack of public consultations and the loss of public sector skills. Anthony Blandford, director for the City of Johannesburg's Presidential Alexandra Renewal Project and the city council are going to restore the area by changing the zoning of the area from industry to a mixed-land property. Marlboro Industrial Area Development Committee has been formed to keep the project development and put it into practice.[5]

Political issues in Marlboro include framework area development, growth of population and working power, opening of additional public schools and revision of property taxes. There are 12 sectors that need revision and improvement.[6]

  1. Economic development
  2. Human and community development
  3. Housing
  4. Infrastructure and basic services
  5. Environment
  6. Spatial form and urban management
  7. Transportation
  8. Health
  9. Safety
  10. Financial sustainability
  11. Governance
  12. Corporate and shared services

A local waste disposal company, SA Waste Holdings (Pty) Ltd, has been lately in the news. The company employs many people from Marlboro and neighbouring Alexandra. However, residents of Alexandra have often complained to the authorities about the potential health risks emanating from the company's recycling plant.


Marlboro Gardens Combined School is the only school for the local children. One more school was planned in Marlboro Industrial Area, but local residents are against it as it would be unhealthy for their children to study in the area where industrial plants are concentrated.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sub Place Marlboro". Census 2001.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Official website of the City of Johannesburg". Archived from the original on 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-11-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Marlboro South Industrial Organisation". Retrieved 2007-11-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Marlboro Industrial Business Forum complaint". MIBF (1998). Retrieved 2007-11-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "New deal for declining Marlboro South". The BIG Media (2002). Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-21. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Social Development of Marlboro Township".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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