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SA's oldest township turns 100

The oldest township in the country marks its 100th birthday this week.

Alex' oldest resident Selina Njakanjaka signs a pledge
Alexandra Township,Alex 100,Alexandra Bonafides,Nkele Mmusi
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ALEXANDRA - Alexandra's history will be honoured and brought to life by creating heritage sites, including the Nelson Mandela museum, in the famous township, government said on Tuesday.

The oldest township in the country marks its 100th birthday this week and festivities for Alex 100 kicked off on Tuesday.

While scores of people marked Alexandra's milestone birthday at the local sports facility, there were some who felt there was no reason to celebrate

The Alexandra Bonafides, a group of residents born and raised in Alexandra, held up posters, one of which read "Sandton City - trailing 100 years behind is our Alex".

Nkele Mmusi has been waiting for a house for over 20 years.

“They sell our houses to people who come from outside,” Mmusi said.

But Deputy Performance Monitoring Minister Obed Bapela said government was taking these problems seriously.

“Many property owners are still battling to be granted title deeds,” Bapela said.

He also announced that R7 million has been set aside to develop heritage sites in the township.

Alex 100 is a project initiated by the Greater Alexandra Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GALXCOC). It will consist of a number of activities, events, projects and communications throughout the year.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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