Johannesburg in the news:
- Police to monitor Forest high school: JOHANNESBURG – Education authorities have asked police to monitor the area around Johannesburg's Forest High School in Turffontein, as it … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- Red Ants seek legal advice after being 'barred' from operating in JHB: JOHANNESBURG – The Red Ants security services said it was unaware of a resolution taken by the Johannesburg city council to blacklist the … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- A battle with TB inspired his smart medicine dispenser, now it's won Africa's top engineering prize: Every visit meant spending up to three and a half hours in a queue waiting for his turn at the hospital pharmacy in Johannesburg. “Most of the other … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- Gauteng education department asks SAPS to monitor Forest High School, following fatal stabbing: … Department of Education says it has requested the police to closely monitor the area around Forest High School in Turffontein, Johannesburg. – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- Alexandra demolitions questioned: JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) wants answers after homes were demolished in Alexandra. – Google Alert – Johannesburg
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Did you know this about Johannesburg? Where Johannesburg got it’s name from: The fledgling town of Johannesburg was laid out on a triangular wedge of “uitvalgrond” (area excluded when the farms were surveyed) named Randjeslaagte, situated between the farms Doornfontein to the east, Braamfontein to the west and Turffontein to the south. The property belonged to the government. The Surveyor-General of the ZAR issued an instruction that the farm be surveyed as a township, consisting of 600 stands measuring fifty feet by fifty feet. The first auction of stands took place on 8 December 1886. The settlement was named after two officials of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR), Christiaan Johannes Joubert and Johannes Rissik, who both worked in land surveying and mapping. The two men combined the name they shared, adding ‘burg’, the archaic Afrikaans word for ‘fortified city’.