| FRIDAY BRIEFING | Darkish, dank and decaying: Joburg – the town we not love

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Darkish, dank and decaying: Johannesburg – the town we not love

There is no such thing as a actual readability of how Johannesburg landed up with its identify. 

In line with South African History Online there seems to be just one doc stating the town, which began out as a dusty mining city, was named after Johann Friedrich Bernhard Rissik and Christiaan Johannes Joubert.

The 2 had been despatched by the Transvaal Republic in 1886 to analyze and arrange a website the place a city could possibly be constructed after gold was found within the space. After it was confirmed that certainly there was gold to be mined, the city was proclaimed in a terrific hurry and maybe that explains the dearth of documentation setting out why the city’s identify was chosen. 

Since 1886, Johannesburg has blossomed from a mining city into South Africa’s greatest metropolis, with over 5 million residents. 

Formally it is referred to as Johannesburg – however colloquially it has a number of names: Metropolis of Gold, eGoli, Jozi, Joburg. 

Whereas it might not have a mountain, its vibrancy and its economic system attracted many to settle within the metropolis and name it residence. 

Sadly although, that power and vibrancy doesn’t appear to be sufficient anymore. As residents really feel the results of Covid-19, in addition to navigating the town’s crumbling infrastructure with fixed electrical energy and water cuts and poor service supply, it seems residents are selecting to depart Gauteng for smaller cities within the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. This was highlighted in latest analysis by data analytics group, Lightstone.

The title “world-class metropolis” has now simply grow to be a mockery.

Native authorities elections are across the nook. Will politicians cease being politicians and realise that it takes exhausting work to run a metropolis or will they permit Johannesburg to proceed on its present trajectory? 

On this week’s Friday Briefing, Auwal Socio-Financial Analysis Institute’s Angelo Fick, Municipal IQ’s Karen Heese and Kevin Allan, Fin24’s Lameez Omarjee and the Public Affairs Analysis Institute’s Thina Nzo study the problems intently and take a look at what must be executed to get the town again on observe. 

It is a difficulty we should always all be involved about, wherever we dwell within the nation. 


Vanessa Banton

Opinions editor

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