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  • Newsflash: Alexandra mall officially open

    29 March 2017
  • Joburgers urged to save water despite recent rains

    29 March 2017
  • Mayor releases additional millions to fight potholes

    29 March 2017
  • MMC Peetz extends helping hand to Soweto’s SMMEs

    28 March 2017
  • City’s billing regionalisation ‘makes meter reading easy’

    28 March 2017
  • Wannabe exporters taste the fruits from the other side

    27 March 2017
  • Lights off as Joburg celebrates Earth Hour

    27 March 2017
  • City cements its solid financial performance

    27 March 2017
  • City takes TB awareness campaign to the elderly

    27 March 2017
  • City Manager reassures investors over reintegration

    27 March 2017
  • Mayor Mashaba speaks out against high levels of crime

    24 March 2017
  • Five more Jozi clinics ready to extend operating hours

    24 March 2017
  • Rhodes Park gets a 24-hour security surveillance system

    24 March 2017
  • Joburg Zoo pleads: Help us to help sick animals

    24 March 2017
  • Mayor Mashaba unveils a 24-hour traffic hotline

    24 March 2017
  • Joburg to turn into ‘Dark City’ to celebrate Earth Hour

    23 March 2017
  • City celebrates Library Week

    23 March 2017
  • City declares war on alien invasive vegetation

    23 March 2017
  • High profile personalities grace Soweto Country Club's Pro-Am

    22 March 2017
  • City spends R189-million on 28 new fire engines

    22 March 2017
  • Soweto Country Club hailed as golf venue of the future

    22 March 2017
  • MMC gives the regeneration of Braamfontein Precinct impetus

    20 March 2017
  • Bogus inspectors are on the loose, businesses warned

    20 March 2017
  • City devises plan to save lives during flooding

    20 March 2017
  • Jozi SMMEs given a 'passport' to access international trade

    20 March 2017
  • Joburg promotes African togetherness through sport

    17 March 2017
  • Johannesburg ‘needs skilled foreigners to boost economy’

    17 March 2017
  • Reintegration of entities will be sensitive, promises Mayor Mashaba

    17 March 2017
  • Mayor unveils new move to arrest traffic congestion

    16 March 2017
  • Joburg Zoo Hospital gets a R4.8-million makeover

    16 March 2017
  • Soweto Country Club to host Joburg Open's Pro-AM

    16 March 2017
  • Mayor Mashaba welcomes world's entrepreneurs to Jozi

    16 March 2017
  • Women and youth businesses are drivers of growth: GEC told

    16 March 2017
  • Vaccination Week puts health in the hands of the people

    15 March 2017
  • Ward committee polls to be rerun in six Jozi wards

    15 March 2017
  • Global Entrepreneurship Congress gets under way

    14 March 2017
  • Small businesses is key to job creation, Deputy President tells GEC

    14 March 2017
  • Disaster relief on the way to poor communities, City promises

    13 March 2017
  • Illegal dumping is bad for your health, residents told

    13 March 2017
  • City’s 528-unit social housing project way ahead of schedule

    13 March 2017
  • Mayor assures Kya Sand businesses of his support

    13 March 2017
  • Councillors call on JMPD officers to get tougher

    13 March 2017
  • City embarks on a massive TB awareness campaign

    13 March 2017
  • Proactive governance comes alive in Klipfontein

    13 March 2017
  • JRA to spend R113.5m to repair damaged bridges

    13 March 2017
  • MMC in new move to enhance public safety

    09 March 2017
  • Joburg Ombudsman exchanges notes with Public Protector’s office

    09 March 2017
  • JDA reconfiguring the inner city through multiple projects

    09 March 2017
  • Lead awareness drive switches focus to City’s day-care centres

    09 March 2017
  • Thousands celebrate International Women’s Day

    09 March 2017

Orlando East comes of age

Orlando East, the first township to be established in Greater Johannesburg area, is turning 80 this year and in celebration of this remarkable milestone the City of Joburg has declared many of its various landmarks heritage sites.

 
Established in 1932 as a segregated African township on the outskirts of “white” Johannesburg, Orlando East has a rich political and social history. It bears great significance to the history of Soweto, the world’s largest racially-based segregated township.
 
At its monthly council meeting last week, the City of Johannesburg noted the heritage status bestowed on the Orlando Communal Hall, the first recreational centre in Soweto and a popular venue for high-profile political meetings; and the James “Sofasonke” Mpanza House.
 
In 1944 Mpanza led a group of people from nearby slums to set up a squatter camp known as Masakeng or “Place of Sacks”, which evolved to become a self-governing settlement of more than 20 000 people. Mpanza’s home was the headquarters of the Sofasonke movement. 
 
Mooki Street, one of the important Orlando East landmarks, was also identified at the council meeting as a provisional heritage site. Today Mooki Street is a busy thoroughfare but its significance as Soweto’s first “high street” is often unrecognised. The street also boasts a cluster of public facilities and places of historical significance. These include Orlando Stadium, Orlando Communal Hall, New Church and Mooki Memorial College, Orlando High School, Orlando Police Station and Donaldson Orlando Community Centre (DOCC), all of which have already been declared heritage sites.
 
Before Mooki Street gets the go-ahead, approval for the Provisional Protection under Section 29 of the National Resources Act, Section 4 will be made, followed by an extensive public consultation process.
 
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