THIS year Joburg marks a significant milestone in turning 125 years. The City of Johannesburg is viewed by the public, residents, media and various stakeholders as being a representation of what Joburg stands for. As such, this milestone presents to the City an opportunity to market, profile and significantly position itself, its leadership, its brand and service delivery milestones.


Johannesburg as a city was founded in 1886, when gold was discovered in the area. Today, it is the economic and industrial centre of South Africa.

Johannesburg belongs to all of us. This celebration is about us – the people that live in Joburg, visit Joburg and work in Joburg.

In commemorating, celebrating and recognizing this significant milestone, the City of Johannesburg will create the ‘Joburg 125-year Experience Centre’. The centre will provide a platform for visitors to interact, view, learn about and experience Joburg in the 1880s, in the 20th century and the Joburg 2040 vision.

The exhibition centre will be built at Museum Africa and launched on 19 November 2011. It will capture the rich history of Johannesburg, from the arts, fashion and music, to infrastructure, corporates and SMMEs operating within Johannesburg.

Joburg 125 years

Visit the Joburg 125-year Experience Centre to learn more about the history and growth of the city, and what the future holds for: Ericsson, SABC, Coke SA, PPC Cement, Imperial Trucks, Rand Water, Standard Bank, Telkom, and Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

The Joburg 125-year Experience Centre aims to capture the imagination of visitors. Your experience will take you to:

  • Johannesburg in the 1880s;
  • Johannesburg today;
  • Iconic buildings that represent Johannesburg; and
  • Joburg towards 2040.

The experience will be a valuable reference that will capture the true essence of what has made Joburg what it is today. It will be truly a world-class experience centre.

Launch celebration

Johannesburg is celebrating 125 years since it was founded in 1886. Together, let’s celebrate the monumental growth that our city has achieved, transforming it into a thriving metropolis.

The City of Johannesburg and its partners will host a live music concert which will take audiences on a historical journey of the past 125 years through musical expression – it will be about the sights, sounds, fashions, cars, people and experiences of Joburg.

Joburgers will be reliving the experiences of our forbearers while feeling the beat of a modern city on the move. Large screens will bring alive a city at work over 125 years – its sounds, its people, its sights, its struggles and its victories.

Be sure to take part in celebrating the biggest day in Joburg on 19 November 2011 at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, from 6pm:

  • Date: 19 November 2011
  • Time: 18h00
  • Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown

Let’s celebrate the past while working towards Joburg 2040.