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This Day In History

Fietas, site of forced removal in Johannesburg, is renamed Pageview

Tuesday, 23 February 1943
Fietas, a western suburb of Johannesburg, was officially re-named Pageview in honour of Mr. J.J. Page, the Mayor of Johannesburg at the time. Up until this point, the area was popularly known as Fietas. It was one of the oldest communities in Johannesburg, and one of the first 'locations' (multi-racial areas) established under the government of Paul Kruger in 1893. ..
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