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Midrand is located approximately halfway between the major urban centers of Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa. The major highway that connects these two large cities bissects the city of Midrand into east and west halves. Since 1978, the city has been rapidly transformed as a result of population growth, agriculture, mining, and industry.

In the 1978 image, the area surrounding Midrand consists largely of agricultural lands and rural residential zones, with some evidence of commercial development. The 2002 image reveals high-density urban development throughout. Rapid growth of Midrand's economy is expected to continue. Current development trends and population growth rates indicate that if effective environmental management strategies are not adopted soon, significant deterioration in the quality of the environment can be expected. View detailed information

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