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Bedfordview is a town located on the East Rand, and is one of many towns in Southern Gauteng that owe its development to the presence of gold. The name Bedfordview has an interesting origin: in 1926, a naming competition was held, and the name Bedfordview was given first prize - the winner being a little girl who thought that the farm Bedford had a beautiful view. It was thereafter named Bedford View. Over time, the name has shortened to the single word: Bedfordview.

It falls under the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality which it shares with twenty-five other towns and communities in Gauteng. Such towns include Alberton, Benoni, Boksburg, Germiston and Kempton Park to name a few.

Bedfordview is made up of seven smaller suburbs which are Bedford Gardens, Bedford Park, Essexwold, Morninghill, Oriel, Sederwood and St.Andrews. Within these suburbs, Bedfordview contains a wide range of recreational activities. The Eastgate mall is located just off the N12 highway East of Bruma Lake, and contains over one-hundred stores. The Bedfordview Country Club plays host to many sporting activities such as, athletics, cricket, hockey, bowls, tennis, squash as well as soccer and baseball for juniors. Also at the Bedfordview Country Club, is a Virgin Active which, in this era is essential to healthy living. The Glendower Golf Club, which is famous for hosting the SA Open Championship in 2013, is situated directly between Bedfordview and Edenvale.

Bedfordview has several schools, the most well-known being St.Andrews School for Girls, St.Benedicts, as well as Bedfordview Primary and Bedfordview High.

Airports Company South Africa head office is situated in Bedfordview along with Hyundai Head office.

Bedfordview has a variety of hotels and guest houses available, all of which can be viewed at, along with their respective ratings, and contact numbers.

Life hospital can be located in Bedford Gardens, and is part of one of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa.

Bedfordview is an area that provides its residents with many lifestyle benefits and opportunities for personal development. It forms an essential part of its surrounding areas, supplying the community with most primary and tertiary needs. Bedfordview plays an important economic role within the greater Johannesburg area, and is considered a positive influence on the economy of Southern Gauteng.

The Look Guide distributes guides to all of the areas within Bedfordview and Germiston. The areas are Bedford Gardens, Bedford Park, Bedfordview SP, Essexwold, Morninghill, Oriel, Senderwood and St. Andrews in the Bedfordview pocket and Creston Hill, Dania Park, Dawnview & Ext. , Fishers Hill, Gerdview, Homestead, Marlands, Primrose, Primrose Hill & Ext's., Simmerfield, Solheim, Sunnyridge, Sunnyrock, Symhurst and Woodmere in the Germiston Pocket.