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BBuzzing with excitement and vivid social culture, you’ll find it difficult to not fall in love with Alexandra township life. It couldn’t be more different from its posh neighbour, Sandton, which is a mere five minutes’ drive away. What it lacks in elegance, it makes up for in street cred and character. 

A peek into the history of Alexandra reveals that Alex has been home to many luminaries such as world-renowned jazz legend, Hugh Masekela and former president Nelson Mandela. 

Alexandra was established by Mr. Papenfus who tried to establish a white residential township. In 1912, it was declared a ‘native township’. Escaping the Natives Land Act of 1913, Alex remained one of the few areas where black people could own land under a freehold title.

Did You Know?
AA wealthy farmer, Mr Papenfus named the township after his wife, Alexandra.

NNot willing to take responsibility for an area that it claimed was not under its jurisdiction, the Johannesburg City Council would not supply basic resources, such as electricity, to the area. This is how Alex became known as the Dark City.

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