Vrededorp is a suburb located just over 4km from the city of Johannesburg. Pageview and Jan Hofmeyer are suburbs found in the neighbouring regions. The Brixton Cemetery is also found along Krause Street next to Vrededorp. The Divilliers Graff Motorway runs past the suburb to the east and the Albertina Sisulu Road is a distance to the south.
The town was originally formed to provide the poorer community with squatter rights to the area, hence the name “Village of Peace”. This arrangement was dissolved by the British after the Anglo Boer War. But before that happened, there was an incident known as the ‘Great Dynamite Explosion’, which was caused by a locomotive that ran into some railway trucks that contained a few tons of dynamite. This event, which occurred in 1896, basically laid bare the entire area. Quite a few people lost their lives and many lost their homes.
The people slowly recovered from this and the area was re-built, but over the years there has been much controversy, strikes and riots, especially concerning the housing for the Black South African Citizens. This became even worse during the apartheid era in 1962, when Vrededorp and its neighbour Pageview were declared ‘white only ’areas. The town was cleared, bulldozed and housing for the white community proceeded.
Today there are a number of older houses in the Vrededorp area as well as a few commercial properties, especially along 17th Street. The area is mostly populated by Black South Africans along with a lower percentage of white, coloured and Indian populations.
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