Fordsburg is a suburb located just a few kilometres to the west of Johannesburg Central. The Albertian Sisulu Road comes from the CBD area and travels right through the Fordsburg area. Along this road you will find a number of retail stores, commercial buildings and apartments. The suburb is also close to the M41 and the De Villiers Graaff Motorway. The closest station to Fordsburg would be the Mayfair Station. The suburb also has an established bus route with a number of stops in the area.
The suburb has an Indian influence and is also known as the ‘Little India’ of Johannesburg. Here you will find the Oriental Plaza Shopping Mall. The Mall offers a variety of goods from clothing, spice stores to jewellery and much more. You can also sit and enjoy something to eat at the World of Samosas. The suburb has a history that dates back to the 1800’s and has experienced many upheavals in the past, especially during the apartheid era.
Today the area is a mixture of Asian, Muslim, Middle Eastern and African cultures. You will notice the different types of businesses in the area including a Muslim Butchery, a Chinese Herb Clinic, Indian and Halaal Restaurants. Surrounding areas include Burghersdorp, Mayfair, Crown North, City west and Newtown. Many of these areas have experienced a renewal as part of the city’s Urban Regeneration Programme.
The region has the Fordsburg Primary School and is also home to the Johannesburg Muslim School. Restaurants in the area also reflect the different cultures; you have Portuguese restaurants, Indian and Pakistani Restaurants, all offering their unique flavours and dishes.
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