Unfinished City


Unfinished city


Johannesburg was never meant to be. Born in 1886, it was the place where poor men came to make fortunes mining for gold. It was not a place to live. The Transvaal's mineral wealth prompted one of humanity's ugliest debacles–the Anglo-Boer War from–from 1899 to 1902. The city of Randlords was only meant to be mined, and then left behind.

Johannesburg is still a place of booms and slumps, of new rich and the old.

"We are none of us here for the benefit of our health. Money making and money grabbing is the alpha and the omega of those resident fields..."

Clive Chipkins, in his book "Joburg Styles" quoting a miner from a newsclipping in 1893

Unfinished City is supported by Propertuity, the developers of the Maboneng Precinct. Read more about the relationship here.