A young city with a turbulent past
The region around Johannesburg used to be very sparsely populated. But all of this changed overnight when gold was discovered at the end of the 19th century, putting Johannesburg firmly on the map. The city was officially founded in 1886. Johannes Meyer and Johannes Rissik, the ‘2 Johanneses’ from the government of the South-African Republic, gave their name to the city that would emerge as the business centre of Africa.