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Civic heraldry of South Africa
Gules, within two bendlets Or between two ox-wagons Argent, three bezants.
The arms were officially granted in 1935.
The arms symbolise the gold mining (bezants), the wagons are the symbol of the Transvaal. The crest with an eagle, symbolises the Rand Airport.
The two supporters are two Eland, each holding a fountain. They are canting for the old name of the town, Elandsfontein.
Previously the city used the arms below:
The scene in the second quarter suggests mining, and the ox-wagon in the fourth quarter was a Transvaal symbol, alluding to the Voortrekkers (emigrants) who migrated from the Cape Colony in the 1830s and '40s to escape British rule.
Literature : Scan from first day cover and tobacco card; The story of Germiston, 1960s.
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