Johannesburg in the news:
- Angry community castrates man who allegedly took part in gang rape of teen girls: A man has died after he was castrated, allegedly by an angry mob from Ivory Park, east of Johannesburg, on Saturday night. According to Gauteng … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- Car dealership owner arrested for stolen cars found on his premises: A vehicle dealership owner is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court this week after seven stolen vehicles were impounded at his … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- Malema: 'We will never forgive them': JOHANNESBURG – EFF Leader Julius Malema says apartheid government leaders still owe South Africans an apology. Malema delivered a lecture at … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- South Africa: Police Seize Seven Stolen Vehicles At Dealership in Bosmont: A vehicle dealership owner is expected to appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court on Tuesday after seven stolen vehicles were impounded on … – Google Alert – Johannesburg
- Cape Town vs Johannesburg vs Durban: Where it's the most expensive to fall ill: Whether you're in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban, June has seen all corners of the country experience some bitter cold fronts. You've probably … – 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’.
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