1060 the Bantu people, Iron Age people
who farmed crops and worked metal came to the area.
In the 1880’s gold was discovered in the
Pilgrims Rest area and this soon became quite
a boost for the area. In the end of the 19th and beginning
of the 20th century it became a Gold Rush. Many people
decided to come from all over the world to take part
in this lucrative time.
In 1899 to 1902 the South African War
developed because so many people came to the area
and the British and the Afrikaners took battle. The
British did win control of the area.
In 1910 South Africa became a Union
as declared by the British. The Blacks and Indians
were forced to work on the gold mines and they were
heavily taxed because of racial tensions.
In the 1950’s there became a “white’s only” policy of the Apartheid.
In 1976 1000 people were killed in a protest against
the Apartheid system organized by the Soweto
Student's Representative Council.
1990 the Apartheid was abandoned.
Since 1994 Johannesburg all races
live together and there is no longer any discrimination.
Today the area is lucrative for tourism and many
people come to the area to see the beautiful sights
and to learn about the history. Johannesburg has the
largest airport, the Johannesburg International
Airport in all of South Africa. It is also
the most travelled airport to. The cultural happenings
are fantastic in this city and they keep adding more
and you can see why 13 million people now call Johannesburg
their home. They work, live and play in the area and
would call no other place their home. It truly has
come a long way from the days it was first inhabited
and will continue to improve well into the future.