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Mary Fitzgerald. Source: www.joburg.org.za.
  • Albu, George
  • Bailey, Abe. (Mining magnate, Politician).
  • Baker, Herbert.
  • Barnato, Barney.
  • Beckett, TW (Early stand owner and owner of a chain of grocery stores).
  • Bezuidenhout, F. (Snr.) (Original owner of the farm Doornfontein).
  • Bezuidenhout, FJ. (Jnr.) (Owner of portion of the farm Turffontein).
  • Buti, Revd. Sam.
  • Calderwood, Professor Doug. (Originator of Soweto and the Soweto house).
  • Chaskalson, Arthur.
  • Coetzee, Blaar. (Nationalist Party Minister in charge of removals. Ran his department as a private fiefdom aimed at making money from the dispossession of black property. Strong parallels between these activities and those of the Nazi party in the disposal of dispossessed Jewish property).
  • Cresswell, Major FHP.
  • Currie, Sir Donald.
  • Currie, R.
  • Curtis, Lionel.
  • Dadoo, Dr YM.
  • De Villiers, Jos E. (Government surveyor responsible for initial layout of Johannesburg).
  • Duncan, Sheena.
  • Eckstein, Hermann.
  • Eloff, Jan. (Assistant mining commissioner ZAR).
  • Ferreira, Ignatius Purden. (Unofficial head of first settlement at Johannesburg).
  • Fitzgerald, Mrs Mary, (more commonly known as “Pickaxe Handle Mary.”)
  • Gandhi, Mahatma.
  • Goch, George. (Early mine owner).
  • Harrison, George. (Discovered main gold reef).
  • Huddleston, Father Trevor.
  • Jameson, Leander Starr.
  • Jeppe, Carl.
  • Jeppe, Julius.
  • Joel, Solly. Nephew of Barney Barnato.
  • Joel, Wolf.
  • Joubert, Christian Johannes. (ZAR Minister of Mines).
  • Kgame, Steve.
  • Koornhof, Pete.
  • Kotane, Moses. (General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), member of African National Congress)
  • Leake, Edwin Orlando. (Johannesburg City Councillor charged with non-European affairs).
  • Lengene, Peter.
  • Lewis, Patrick.
  • Mandela, Nelson.
  • Mpanza, James. (Soweto squatter leader).
  • Mashinini, Tsietsi.
  • Mattera, Don.
  • Mayet, Ismael.
  • Milner, Alfred.
  • Motlana, Ntato.
  • Nazeer, Yusuf.
  • Nourse, Henry. (Early mine owner).
  • Oppenheimer, Ernest.
  • Phillips, Lionel.
  • Reid, Arthur H. Architect.
  • Rhodes, Cecil John.
  • Rissik, Johann. (ZAR Inspector of Diagrams. Laid out Johannesburg).
  • Robinson, Joseph Benjamin. (Early mine developer).
  • Sauer, Dr Hans.
  • Sita, Nana. (1898 - 1969) (Activist involved the Indian Passive Resistance Movement).
  • Schlesinger, IW.
  • Schlesinger, John.
  • Smuts, Jan. (Opposed Chinese mine labour, led government action in crushing the miners’ strike of 1922).
    Struben, Fred.
  • Struben, HW. (The Struben brothers were responsible for the first discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1884.)
  • Tambo, OR.
  • Tutu, Bishop Desmond.
  • Von Brandis, Captain Carl. (First Mining Commissioner).
  • Xuma, Dr Alfred.

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Mayors

This list is listed in chronological order, starting with the most recent mayor of Johannesburg

  • Amos Masondo (2000-present)
  • Isaac Mogase (1995-2000)
  • Dan Pretorius (1994)
  • Les Dishy (1993-1994)
  • J.S. Burger (1992-1993)
  • Elliot Kretzmer (1991-1992)
  • William GL Janse van Rensburg (1990-1991)
  • Koos Roets (1989-1990)
  • David J. Neppe (1988-1989)
  • J. H. van Blerk (1988)
  • O. H. Fenn (1987-1988)
  • Harold Rudolph (1986-1987)
  • Ernie Fabel (1985-1986)
  • Eddy Magid (1984-1985)
  • Alan Gadd (1983-1984)
  • Danie van Zyl (1982-1983)
  • Cecil Long (1981-1982)
  • Carel Venter (1980-1981)
  • J. D. R. Opperman (1979-1980)
  • J. S. Otto (1978-1979)
  • Martin Powell (1977-1978)
  • Monty Slaar (1976-1977)
  • Max Neppe (1975-1976)
  • Harold Frank Dennis (1974-1975)
  • A. D. Bensusan (1973-1974)
  • J. C. Lemmer (1972-1973)
  • Alf Widman (1971-1972)
  • S. Moss (1970-1971)
  • Patrick R. B. Lewis (1969-1970)
  • I. Schlapobersky (1968-1969)
  • C. J. Ross-Spencer (1967-1968)
  • Boyce D. Eagar (1966-1967)
  • Aleck Joffe (1965-1966)
  • P. M. Ross (1964-1965)
  • J. F. Oberholzer (1963-1964)
  • Keith J. Fleming (1962-1963)
  • D. J. Marais (1960-1962)
  • Alec Gorshel (1959-1960)
  • I. Maltz (1958-1959)
  • T. Glyn Morris (1957-1958)
  • Max Goodman (1956-1957)
  • Leslie Hurd (1955-1956)
  • G. J. Beckett (1954-1955)
  • C. J. H. Patmore (1953-1954)
  • H. Miller (1952-1953)
  • I. E. B. Attwell (1951-1952)
  • C. F. Beckett (1950-1951)
  • J. Mincer (1949-1950)
  • S. P. Lee (1948-1949)
  • G. B. Gordon (1947-1948)
  • James Gray (1946-1947)
  • Jessie McPherson (1945-1946)
  • A. Immink (1944-1945)
  • A. S. Holland (1943-1944)
  • L. Leveson (1942-1943)
  • A. R. Thorburn (1941-1942)
  • T. P. Gray (1940-1941)
  • T. A. M. Huddle (1939-1940)
  • J. J. Page (1938-1939)
  • J. S. Fotheringham (1937-1938)
  • Donald W. Mackay (1936-1937)
  • Maldwyn Edmund (1935-1936)
  • Maurice Freeman (1934-1935)
  • D. Penry Roberts (1933-1934)
  • B. C. Vickers (1932-1933)
  • D. F. Corlett (1931-1932)
  • George W. Nelson (1930-1931)
  • D. Anderson (1929-1930)
  • W. Fernhead (1928-1929)
  • W. H. Port (1927-1928)
  • Alfred Law Palmer (1926-1927)
  • E. O. Leake (1925-1926)
  • C. Walters (1924-1925)
  • M. J. Harris (1923-1924)
  • L. Forsyth Allan (1922-1923)
  • S. Hancock (1921-1922)
  • J. Christie (1920-1921)
  • G. B. Steer (1919-1920)
  • T. F. Allen (1917-1919)
  • John Wesley O'Hara (1915-1917)
  • Norman Anstey (1913-1915)
  • William Richard Boustred (1912-1913)
  • J. D. Ellis (1911-1912)
  • Harry J. Hofmeyr (1910-1911)
  • Harry Graumann (1909-1910)
  • Charles Chudleigh (1908-1909)
  • James Thompson (mayor) (1907-1908)
  • William K. Tucker (1906-1907)
  • John William Quinn (1905-1906)
  • George H. Goch (1904-1905)
  • William St. John Carr (1902-1904) First elected Mayor
  • Walter Alfred John O'Meara (1900-1902) Appointed by British Military Admin
  • Johan Zulch de Villiers (1897-1900) Appointed by ZAR Executive Committee

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