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Cyrildene is located in Gauteng
 Cyrildene shown within Gauteng
Location within Greater Johannesburg
Cyrildene is located in Greater Johannesburg
Cyrildene is located in South Africa
Cyrildene (South Africa)
Cyrildene is located in Africa
Cyrildene (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
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Main Place Johannesburg
Established 1938
 • Total 1.20 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,417
 • Density 2,800/km2 (7,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 26.5%
 • Coloured 3.0%
 • Indian/Asian 33.9%
 • White 31.1%
 • Other 5.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 55.8%
 • Zulu 3.7%
 • Afrikaans 3.4%
 • Northern Sotho 2.1%
 • Other 35.0%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street) 2198

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).

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 (January 22, 2007). "Hoe's my China nou?". Mail and Guardian Online. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "L Ron Hubbard Heritage Site". Facebook. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Plaques: Joburg Heritage Plaques". Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 11 December 2017.