Brixton, Gauteng

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Brixton
Brixton is located in Gauteng
Brixton
Brixton
 Brixton shown within Gauteng
Location within Greater Johannesburg
Brixton is located in Greater Johannesburg
Brixton
Brixton
Brixton is located in South Africa
Brixton
Brixton
Brixton (South Africa)
Brixton is located in Africa
Brixton
Brixton
Brixton (Africa)
Coordinates: 26°11′S 28°0′E / 26.183°S 28.000°E / -26.183; 28.000Coordinates: 26°11′S 28°0′E / 26.183°S 28.000°E / -26.183; 28.000
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Main Place Johannesburg
Established 1902
Area[1]
 • Total 0.56 km2 (0.22 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,067
 • Density 7,300/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 75.2%
 • Coloured 7.5%
 • Indian/Asian 6.7%
 • White 9.2%
 • Other 1.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 26.4%
 • Zulu 12.8%
 • Tswana 12.8%
 • Afrikaans 10.0%
 • Other 38.0%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 2092
PO box 2019
Sentech Tower

Brixton is a predominantly working class suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the site of the landmark Sentech Tower, and is near the suburbs of Auckland Park and Melville.

History[edit]

The suburb of Brixton was first surveyed in 1902 from a portion of the farm Braamfontein. The suburb was named after the Brixton suburb in London[2] with many of the area's streets taking their names from districts in the British capital. The ridge on which the area was developed in the early 20th century offers a panoramic view of most surrounding areas of Johannesburg. Brixton consists of wide, neat streets containing some 980 houses, many of which are traditional semi-detached homes with low set walls.

Architecture[edit]

The suburb possesses several distinctive churches, with one having been built by Sir Herbert Baker and Frank Fleming. Several Brixton houses have been declared provincial heritage sites.

The area also features one of the largest cemeteries in Johannesburg. Laid out in 1912, Brixton Cemetery has a historic Hindu crematorium which was organised by Mahatma Gandhi shortly before his departure from South Africa in 1914.

The commanding Sentech Tower overlooks the area. Built in 1962, the tower is used for broadcasting television and radio stations across the country. The tower once featured a restaurant at its top, but this was closed in 1982 due to political tensions.

Kingston Frost Park[edit]

The area is also home to the Kingston Frost Park. Originally called the Brixton Park when it was laid out in 1925, the park was renamed the Kingston Frost Park in 1939 in honor of the Johannesburg city councillor, AC Kingston Frost. Visitors to the park are greeted with a tall beacon commemorating those who died in World War I.

Gentrification[edit]

The image of the Brixton Central Business District is still perceived as negative. The area's disheveled High Street stores still lack business investors and parking and entertainment venues remain scarce.

Brixton has traditionally been a working class suburb, but has seen an influx of professionals in recent years. The area's low property prices, heritage filled streets and the ridge's panoramic views have attracted new residents to the area. There is also a large, ever growing student population which attend the nearby University of the Witwatersrand and University of Johannesburg.

References[edit]

Brixton, the Caring Suburb[3] The city's history[4]