Johannesburg in the news:
- Quick reaction from community members aid police to catch suspect: A 31-year-old man was arrested on 4 July by the Johannesburg police after allegedly robbing his victim of R50 on the corner of Eloff and Smollen … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- Three held by Johannesburg police for illegal firearms: Three alleged gunmen were arrested by the Johannesburg police after illegal firearms with ammunition were recovered in their taxi travelling to … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- New president for Rotary Club of Johannesburg: The Rotary Club of Johannesburg held a business dinner for its members to formally induct the 2019/2020 presidents at the Johannesburg Country … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- Suspect arrested for murder in Johannesburg and his accomplices are still at large: The 25-year old suspect was arrested at his work place on the corner of Jeppe and Simmonds streets in the Johannesburg CBD and he is facing … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- Veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni to be buried in hometown of PE: JOHANNESBURG – Veteran actress Nomhle Nkoneyni, who passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning, will be buried in her hometown, … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
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Did you know this about Johannesburg? Sophiatown was originally part of the farm Waterval. In 1897 the speculator Hermann Tobiansky acquired a 237-acre portion of the farm, which was situated about four miles or so west of the centre of Johannesburg. In 1903 he had some of the land surveyed as leasehold township, divided into almost 1700 small stands. The township was named after Tobiansky’s wife, Sophia, and some of the streets were named after his children Toby, Gerty, Bertha and Victoria. Blacks started acquiring land in Sophiatown.