The story behind SA’s city nicknames

When exploring this vast and diverse country, you’re bound to come to understand the nuances that make South Africa such a captivating place. One such quirk that makes Mzansi unique is the nicknames we’ve given some regions. From the Mother City to the Friendly City, here are the stories behind the names.

Bloemfontein, the City of Roses

Not only is Bloemfontein South Africa’s judicial capital, it’s also home to the country’s spectacular Rose Festival. And when directly translated from Afrikaans, “Bloemfontein” means “fountain of flowers”.

Johannesburg, the City of Gold

While the origins of the name “Johannesburg” are still a topic of debate, the…
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The story behind SA’s city nicknames