The city was established in the 1880's after miners found success in the area, causing a gold rush.
Today, Johannesburg is one of the 50 largest cities in the world, known for its culture, variety, cuisine, poverty set against dazzling wealth, impressive skyline of skyscrapers, and crime.
People Born in Johannesburg
Johannesburg in People's Lives
Javier Hernandez: I played a futball game of the FIFA World Cup here in 2010, playing for the national Mexican team against the home team of South Africa. We tied in a 1-1 draw.
Oscar Pistorius: I was born here in 1986, born into a Christian home. I was born with a condition that means I lacked a fibula in both legs, and had a double amputation when I was 11 months old. I grew up as the middle child with two siblings. My family moved to Pretoria around 1996, when I about ten years old. I had a boating accident here in 2009, and underwent surgery for a broken nose and jaw. In 2007, I competed in a race here, the Nedbank Championships for the Disabled, and placed first, also making a world record.
Reeva Steenkamp: I lived here from approximately 2008 - 2012, pursuing my rising career as a model and also working as a paralegal. I was often spotted on the party scene in this city, and attended society events.