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History And Culture:
Johannesburg history is a mysterious one and it will not be wrong if you call it a “story of gold” why because a South African prospector discovered gold from the Jukskei River. The name of the city is in honor of Vice President Christiaan Johannes who helped a lot in finding the goldfield for the country. The city became a great boomtown in the 19th century with lots of gold mine.
Gold plays a vital role in creating Johannesburg history the city is very famous because of this.
Johannesburg history has a lot of mesmerizing events to know and of course, they are truly breathtaking. As mentioned it is the world’s largest gold deposit, but they dig deep on earth and saved all of their gold into saving the gold from earth struck some two billion years ago. These mines are so deep into the earth it is getting hard to find now.
The two very own famous personalities Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela have spent so many years working as an attorney in Johannesburg. Many years ago the city had a strict rule of “whites only” which means the blacks had to leave the city or may live somewhere far from the city but later on the rule ended when the blacks fought for their rights in 1920 but its sketches are still there. Soweto was established for the rights of black.
“The star” was their first newspaper founded in 1887. In 1893 they inaugurated a library named Johannesburg Public Library. 1944 was the year when the city had their first election and Nelson Mandela was elected.
Johannesburg culture is an amalgam of a lot of things. It has a lot of museum, art galleries, show theatres and a collection of an amazing books in the library. They emphasize on art a lot that there is a National School of Arts which is located in South Africa and it is open for all. The Johannesburg Art Gallery house painting is there in the town from the 17th century to date which includes Dutch, British, European, South African, and many of the contemporary collection they play a role in cultural diversity and it enriches the Johannesburg culture.
Another very important mention is Fitzgerald Square is all covered with structures and it also includes ‘Struggle Theater’ which is to be noted as it has its own significance.
Their art of sculpture has completely changed the sense of Johannesburg culture they are very good at it and their sculptures are famous all over the world. Drama, stage drama, opera are part of the culture too.
The city is very for its Kwaito music they host a lot of premier music shows to keep the Johannesburg culture alive in the hearts of the peoples.