Zola, South Africa

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Zola is located in Gauteng
Zola is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 26°14′24″S 27°50′17″E / 26.240°S 27.838°E / -26.240; 27.838Coordinates: 26°14′24″S 27°50′17″E / 26.240°S 27.838°E / -26.240; 27.838
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityCity of Johannesburg
Main PlaceSoweto
 • Total3.91 km2 (1.51 sq mi)
 • Total44,777
 • Density11,000/km2 (30,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African99.5%
 • Coloured0.1%
 • Indian/Asian0.1%
 • White0.0%
 • Other0.2%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu76.3%
 • Xhosa7.6%
 • Sotho3.6%
 • English3.0%
 • Other9.4%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box

Zola is a section of the Soweto township lying south of Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa. A number of well-known public figures, mostly musicians call Zola their home and were born and bred there.

Zola is in the west of Soweto and is also known as Mzambiya (Zambia) or Mashona (west side). It is surrounded by townships like Tladi, Naledi, Dobsonville, Emndeni, Jabulani and Moletsane. Musicians like the late Margaret Singana and her husband Mongezi stayed in Zola before they got a house in Jabulani location which is also near Zola. Mdu Masilela, Mandoza, Mshoza, Mzambiya, Mapaputsi, and Zola were all born in Zola. Soccer legends like Shoes of Orlando Pirates, Ace Mnini of Moroka Swallows, and Ree Skhosana of Moroka Swallows were all from Zola. Brenda Fassie also lived in Zola in the early 1980s.

Zola is one of the most popular townships in Soweto and famous throughout South Africa for its notorious gangsters in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Gangsters like 11 Boys in the 1960s, Maumaus in the 1970s, and Chivas and Big18s in the late 1980s/early 1990s. It has been a tourist destination that pulled a lot of attraction to tourism industry.

The Famous historical schools from Zola are Zola Higher Primary School, Dr. Vilakazi and Lavela Secondary School. An upcoming school is Kwadedangendlale Senior Secondary School with good pass rates.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Zola". Census 2011.