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.

Fietas was an integrated community, not unlike District Six and Sophiatown, and was also destroyed by forced removals - as a result of the Group Areas Act. The majority of the inhabitants moved to Lenasia and Soweto between 1956 and 1977, and the area was declared 'White". This led to fierce resistance that continued into the 1980s.


SAHO feature on Fietas, Pageview.

• SAHO unpublished archive and information received from the 'Fietas Festival Programme' organizers

Last updated : 23-Feb-2016

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

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