Five Things You Didn’t Know About Joburg

Thought you knew all there is to know about Johannesburg? Guess again…

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Joburg Used To Be A Huge Water Feature

According to writer and self-proclaimed Joburg historian, Deon Maas, the Witwaters Rand was full of water falls – hence the amount of koppies all over the place. This was before the big gold rush during the late 1800s which the city was built upon. All the dams, lakes and rivers were made away with due to prospective mining and the eventual expansion of the city as we know it today.

Largest Landlocked City In The World

Maybe you knew this; maybe you didn’t. Johannesburg is the largest landlocked city in the world. Due to its rapid expansion and placement in the middle of all the ‘rands’ there is no in-land city that even compares to Jozi in size. Sure there are bigger cities over all but they are either coastal or built on a lake or river. There, you can use that as a pickup line the next time you hit singles night at the pub.

Johannesburg, USA

The town of Johannesburg in California, USA was named after our city. The town’s founders were miners who worked in Egoli during the mining boom. They managed to make enough cash here to move back to America and start a town, although there are only around 200 people in that town. You’re welcome, Red, White and Blue.

Cake Takes Longer In Jozi

Yup, you read that correctly. Because we are situated 2 000 meters above sea level water takes longer to boil, and because of all the moisture in the ingredients used to bake a cake,  it literally takes longer. In fact, water boils 60 seconds faster in Cape Town than it does in the City of Gold.

Happy Birthday, Joburg!

The city celebrates its birthday on 4 October. Jozi was founded and named on that date in 1886. Though it is turning 130 years old this year, Joburg is still one of the youngest cities in the world… and that’s why she looks so good for her age.


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