Mayfair, Gauteng

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Mayfair is located in Gauteng
Mayfair is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 26°12′15″S 28°0′41″E / 26.20417°S 28.01139°E / -26.20417; 28.01139Coordinates: 26°12′15″S 28°0′41″E / 26.20417°S 28.01139°E / -26.20417; 28.01139
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityCity of Johannesburg
Main PlaceJohannesburg
 • Total1.64 km2 (0.63 sq mi)
 • Total12,027
 • Density7,300/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African31.9%
 • Coloured4.1%
 • Indian/Asian51.9%
 • White1.5%
 • Other10.6%
First languages (2011)
 • English56.3%
 • Afrikaans4.2%
 • Tswana3.4%
 • Zulu3.1%
 • Other33.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box

Mayfair is a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. The suburb is west of the Johannesburg CBD and is adjacent to Fordsburg. It is located in Region F of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.


Prior to the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1886, the suburb lay on land on one of the original farms that make up Johannesburg, called Langlaagte.[2] The land was purchased by J.B. Robinson.[3]:181 It was established as a suburb in 1896 and is named after Mayfair in London.[2]


Although designated a white area under apartheid, Indians began moving into Mayfair some time before the end of apartheid.

Today Mayfair has a large Indian population, along with a significant number of Muslim immigrants from the rest of Africa. In recent years Mayfair has become populated with a large number of Somalis and Ethiopians. Mayfair is populated by a diverse community economically and remains a vibrant part of Indian city life. Dawood Omarjee is one of the well-known citizens that comes from this area along with his four sons.

Notable residents[edit]

Former President of South Africa, F. W. de Klerk, the last to hold the office before the end of apartheid in 1994, was born here.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Mayfair". 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. ^ Musiker, Naomi; Musiker, Reuben (2000). A Concise Historical Dictionary of Greater Johannesburg. Cape Town: Francolin. ISBN 1868590712.