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Cyrildene is located in Gauteng
Cyrildene is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 26°10′23″S 28°06′04″E / 26.173°S 28.101°E / -26.173; 28.101Coordinates: 26°10′23″S 28°06′04″E / 26.173°S 28.101°E / -26.173; 28.101
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityCity of Johannesburg
Main PlaceJohannesburg
 • Total1.20 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
 • Total3,417
 • Density2,800/km2 (7,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African26.5%
 • Coloured3.0%
 • Indian/Asian33.9%
 • White31.1%
 • Other5.5%
First languages (2011)
 • English55.8%
 • Zulu3.7%
 • Afrikaans3.4%
 • Northern Sotho2.1%
 • Other35.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)

Cyrildene (simplified Chinese: 西里尔德纳; traditional Chinese: 西里爾德納) is a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. The area is found east of the Johannesburg CBD and is surrounded by the suburbs of Linksfield, Observatory and Bruma. It is noted for a new Chinatown that exists on Derrick Avenue. This new Chinatown is now considered as the main Chinatown in Johannesburg, replacing the declining Chinatown on Commissioner Street in the inner-city of Johannesburg. It is located in Region E of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.


The suburb is situated on part of an old Witwatersrand farm called Doornfontein.[2] It would be proclaimed as suburb on 18 May 1938 and was named after the land developer's son, Cyril Cooper.[2]

Up until approximately 2000 Cyrildene was a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. Unlike the old and now largely abandoned Chinatown in Newtown, which was largely made up of second or third generation South African Chinese, the new inhabitants of the Chinatown in Cyrildene are overwhelmingly first generation Chinese immigrants from mainland China.[3] The Chinatown has a paifang (arch).[citation needed]

A street scene of the Chinatown on Derrick Avenue in Cyrildene, Johannesburg. (May 2011)

Notable residents[edit]

  • L Ron Hubbard, lived in Cyrildene in the 1960s for a few months. The building is now used as a museum honoring L Ron Hubbard's contributions to South African peace.[4] The house, at 40 Hannaben Street, was built in 1951 for the a Greek timber merchant called Manos Broulidakis and was designed by Frank Ludwig Jarrett.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Cyrildene". Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b Raper, Peter E.; Moller, Lucie A.; du Plessis, Theodorus L. (2014). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 1412. ISBN 9781868425501.
  3. ^ John Matshikiza (22 January 2007). "Hoe's my China nou?". Mail and Guardian Online. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  4. ^ "L Ron Hubbard Heritage Site". Facebook. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Plaques: Joburg Heritage Plaques". Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 11 December 2017.