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My Alexandra

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Alexandra

Alexandra or Alex for short, is a township located in Johannesburg, close to Sandton and is bounded by Wynberg on the west, Marlboro and Kelvin on the north, Kew, Lombardy West and Lombardy East on the south.

Alexandra is situated on the banks of the Jukskei River. In addition to its original, reasonably well-built houses, it also has a large number (estimated at more than 20,000) of informal dwellings or “shacks”.

Alexandra was established in 1912, on land originally owned by a farmer, a Mr. Papenfus, who tried to establish a residential township there, naming it after his wife, Alexandra. However, because it was (at the time) a considerable distance from the center of Johannesburg, this was not a great success.

Consequently, in 1912, Alexandra was proclaimed as a so-called “native township”. By 1916, the population of Alexandra had grown to 30,000 people and thus the Alexandra Health Committee was established to manage the township.

However, the Committee was not allowed to collect local taxes, nor was the Johannesburg City Council willing to take responsibility for an area that it claimed fell outside its jurisdiction, leading to a lack of resources and proper management. When the National Party came into power in 1948 Alexandra was put under the direct control of the Department of Affairs.


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