Jan Smuts Avenue

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Metropolitan route M27 shield

Metropolitan route M27
Route information
Maintained by Johannesburg Roads Agency and Department of Roads and Transport (Gauteng)
Length: 7.8 mi (12.4 km)
Existed: 1890s – present
Major junctions
South end: Bertha Street, Hillbrow
  M1 Junction 14 Jan Smuts Ave/M27, Parktown
M16 Upper Park Drive, Forrest Town
Westcliff Drive, Westcliff, Gauteng
R25 Cotswold Drive, Saxonwold
M20 Chester Road, Parkwood
Bolton Road, Parkwood
M30 7th Avenue, Parktown North
Jellico Avenue, Rosebank
M81 William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park
M13 Republic Road, Randburg
M71 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg
North end: Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg
Highway system
Numbered routes of South Africa

Jan Smuts Avenue is a major street in Johannesburg, South Africa. It begins in Randburg, and passes through important business areas like Rosebank. It passes the Johannesburg Zoo, Zoo Lake and Wits University before becoming Bertha Street, and the Nelson Mandela Bridge near the Johannesburg CBD. It has been described as "the most important road for a tourist" in Johannesburg.[1]


Jan Smuts Avenue

Jan Smuts Avenue is named after the Second Boer War general Jan Smuts and Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa. Prior to the road's renaming in 1917, it was known as the Pretoria Road.[2]

Coordinates: 26°08′44″S 28°02′09″E / 26.145538°S 28.035908°E / -26.145538; 28.035908


  1. ^ Ostrowick, J. An Insider's Guide to Johannesburg. John Ostrowick. p. 91. ISBN 9781445749969. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  2. ^ "JAN SMUTS AVENUE". Blue Plaques of South Africa. Retrieved 27 March 2016.