Mayfair, Gauteng

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Mayfair is located in Gauteng
 Mayfair shown within Gauteng
Location within Greater Johannesburg
Mayfair is located in Greater Johannesburg
Mayfair is located in South Africa
Mayfair (South Africa)
Mayfair is located in Africa
Mayfair (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
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Main Place Johannesburg
Established 1896
 • Total 1.64 km2 (0.63 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 12,027
 • Density 7,300/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 31.9%
 • Coloured 4.1%
 • Indian/Asian 51.9%
 • White 1.5%
 • Other 10.6%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 56.3%
 • Afrikaans 4.2%
 • Tswana 3.4%
 • Zulu 3.1%
 • Other 33.0%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 2092
PO box 2108

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. Shakeel Essa is one of the well-known citizens that comes from this area.


  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.