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Ophirton is located in Gauteng
 Ophirton shown within Gauteng
Location within Greater Johannesburg
Ophirton is located in Greater Johannesburg
Ophirton is located in South Africa
Ophirton (South Africa)
Ophirton is located in Africa
Ophirton (Africa)
Coordinates: 26°13′30″S 28°01′34″E / 26.225°S 28.026°E / -26.225; 28.026Coordinates: 26°13′30″S 28°01′34″E / 26.225°S 28.026°E / -26.225; 28.026
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Main Place Johannesburg
 • Total 0.94 km2 (0.36 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 506
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 67.6%
 • Coloured 3.4%
 • Indian/Asian 25.7%
 • White 1.8%
 • Other 1.6%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 30.4%
 • Zulu 19.3%
 • Xhosa 9.7%
 • Northern Sotho 7.2%
 • Other 33.5%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 2091

Ophirton is a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. This industrial suburb lies three kilometers to south-west of the Johannesburg CBD. It is located in Region F of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.


Ophirton has it origin in 1888, not long after the creation of Johannesburg in 1886.[2]:154 The suburb is situated on part of an old Witwatersrand farm called Turffontein.[3] It is named after the Paarl Ophir Gold Mining Company that owned the land.[3] It has its origins as a dusty residential suburb, that was surrounded by mine dumps, and occupied by the poorer classes.[2]:154 Chandler's Brewery was one of the early industrial business' in the suburb.[2]:154 Nowadays the suburb is mostly industrial but a few old residential houses remain.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Ophirton". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Leyds, Gerald Anton (1964). A History of Johannesburg: The Early Years. Nasional Boekhandel. p. 318. 
  3. ^ 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.