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JOHANNESBURG has been home for many years to a number of important people in the country's history. Read about them and why they love living in the city.

Mary Sibande
Mary Sibande came to Jozi with a suitcase full of dreams - and some of them have certainly come true for this astonishing young artist.

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Dion Chang
THINGS get done in Joburg, says the trends analyst - and he can't see himself living anywhere but in the city of gold.

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Dion Chang

Karen Zoid
When she's not touring the world or belting out a song at a local music festival, singer Karen Zoid is sampling Joburg's many delights.

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Karen Zoid

Santu Mofokeng
HE has been to the fairest Cape and exhibited in Beijing?s fabled Forbidden City, but for photographer Santu Mofokeng, Joburg is always home. My umbilical cord is here, he says simply.

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Jennifer Ferguson
Talking about the city brings out the poet in Jennifer Ferguson. The singer and cultural activist loves the summer blooms of the jacarandas and the cleansing highveld storms.

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Jennifer Ferguson

Abigail Kubeka
Abigail Kubeka has sung in some of the world's most exciting cities, yet she is always happiest when she returns home. "I love Joburg," she says.

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Abigail Kubeka

William Kentridge
Still living in the house he was born in, artist William Kentridge says it's the old architecture and the fact that Joburg is 'a working city' that keeps him inspired.

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William Kentridge

Braam Kruger
From Boksburg, via Belgium, Cape Town and Struisbaai, Braam Kruger is happily settled in his Fordsburg flat. The Joburg suburb is "an eater's paradise", he says.

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Braam Kruger

Ruda Landman
Rather than move to the coast, Ruda Landman prefers to live in Johannesburg and holiday by the sea. "We couldn't get the life we live here anywhere else," she says.

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Ruda Landman

Jennifer Crwys-Williams
JOBURG may not be the most beautiful city, but it is exciting and vibrant and at the coalface of what people think, says the author and journalist, Jennifer Crwys-Williams.

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Jennifer Crwys-Williams

Linda Shaw
ASTROLOGER Linda Shaw moved to Johannesburg from her native Wales when she was a teenager. Now nothing will drag her away from 'the best city in the world'.

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Linda Shaw

Tabiso Sikwane
THERE is an energy in Joburg that she loves, says devoted Joburger Tabiso Sikwane. There are more options in the city, more creativity, more fashion choices, and more integration.

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Tabiso Sikwane

Nikiwe Bikitsha
AMLive presenter Nikiwe Bikitsha, who has lived in Joburg for five years, loves the energy and vibrancy of the people. And she hasn't missed the Cape Town rain one bit.

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Nikiwe Bikitsha

Mary Metcalfe
JOBURG has lots going for it, from its wide-open green spaces to its cultural diversity, says Mary Metcalfe, professor of education at Wits. For her, the vibe of Newtown competes with the coffee shops of Melville for sheer entertainment value.

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Mary Metcalfe

Elna McIntosh
SHE'S been offered a teaching post at the University of Chicago, but Johannesburg sex therapist Elna McIntosh is not about to leave her beloved Joburg. The city has everything and more, she says.

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Elna McIntosh

Yvonne Mokgoro
JOHANNESBURG is the pulse of South Africa in more ways than one, according to Constitutional Court judge Yvonne Mokgoro

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Yvonne Mokgoro

Ferial Haffajee
For newspaper editor Ferial Haffajee, Johannesburg is a city that takes a lot of beating

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Ferial Haffajee

Kate O'Regan
Though she was born in Liverpool, grew up in Cape Town and loves Durban, Constitutional Court judge Kate O'Regan thrives on the progressive African beat of Joburg

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Constitutional Court judge Kate O'Regan

PJ Powers
One of the few people who flies the South African flag from a flagpole in her garden, singer PJ Powers says she wouldn't live anywhere else but in Joburg, which has "Africa in it"

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PJ Powers

Bruce Fordyce
Top runner Bruce Fordyce has lived in Joburg most of his life, and considers it to be a truly African city.

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Bruce Fordyce

Keith Kirsten
Keith Kirsten has lived in Jozi for 25 years and loves the city's people, who he describes as "very real people" with no snobbishness about them

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Horticulturist Keith Kirsten

Professor Loyiso Nongxa
Wits' new vice-chancellor, Professor Loyiso Nongxa, enjoys Johannesburg's cosmopolitan atmosphere, and finds "there's so much to do" in the city

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Professor Loyiso Nongxa

Mara Louw
Singer Mara Louw loves Jozi. She spends a lot of time in Soweto, her birthplace, and considers the city to be "the best place in Africa"

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Mara Louw

Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, "Princess of Africa", loves living in Joburg, which, she says, has everything

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Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Judge Edwin Cameron
Judge Edwin Cameron loves Joburg - for its future-mindedness, its energy and its productivity. And he's evidence of all these qualities

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Judge Edwin Cameron

Sechaba 'Chabi' Mogale
Loxion Kulca clothing is all the rage right now. Co-owner Chabi Mogale loves Joburg and the energy of the people

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 Chabi Mogale

David Koloane
Artist David Koloane has lived in Johannesburg all his life. He enjoys the transformation of the city every night, when it dresses up, becoming something glamorous, glittering and glowing with lights

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David Koloane

Paul Slabolepszy
South Africa's most well-known playwright loves living in Joburg with its sea of trees and other green spaces.

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Paul Slabolepszy

Professor Phillip Tobias
Although born in Durban, this world-renowned scientist has lived most of his life in Johannesburg, and wouldn't live anywhere else. The city is the richer for his presence.

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Professor Phillip Tobias

George Bizos
Distinguished human rights advocate George Bizos "loves the people" of Johannesburg, the city where he has lived for 61 of his 74 years

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Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse
Johannesburg is a city with great buzz - and one in which racial integration has happened very quickly. So says Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, a giant of South African music for the past three decades.

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Albertina Sisulu
Johannesburg is a good place to bring up children, says stalwart anti-apartheid campaigner Albertina Sisulu, nicknamed MaSisulu.

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Denis Beckett
Jo'burgers are inclined to concentrate on the punctuation and not the text and the punctuation can be lousy, whereas the text is lekker, says Denis Beckett, journalist and writer and long-time resident of Johannesburg.

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Solly Radali
Solly Radali, a familiar sight on Oxford Road with his trolley decorated with soft toys and tin-can aerials, tells Lucille Davie why he loves Jo'burg.

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Archbishop Trevor Huddleston
The late Archbishop Trevor Huddleston spent 12 years living in Sophiatown as a priest - and the rest of his life longing to return to Johannesburg.

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Richard Cock
Johannesburg should be renamed Joyhannesburg, says Richard Cock, the popular conductor who organised Accenture's Winter Festival at Emmerentia Dam, which brought outdoor weekend concerts to thousands of residents.

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Helen Suzman
Helen Suzman did think of leaving Johannesburg. Once. For five minutes in 1948 when the National Party came into power. "I thought of going to England or the States," says the former politician, anti-apartheid and human rights campaigner.

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George Ogola
Kenyan visitor George Ogola was an anxious man as he flew into Johannesburg, a city he imagined to be teeming with criminals ready to pounce on unsuspecting foreigners like himself. Today, he's changed his mind.

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Patrick Mynhardt
Johannesburg is a rugged city, which has been good to Patrick Mynhardt, actor and raconteur, and resident of the city for 42 years.

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Sally Burdett
Radio news host Sally Burdett was recently hijacked, but unlike others who use such an event as the reason to pack their bags and move to another country, she says that the hijacking just made her more determined to love Johannesburg.

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Reuben Khemese
Four is a significant number for the Soweto String Quartet: it is the title of their just-released fourth album, played on four-stringed instruments, with four fingers, by a band that consists of four members, says Reuben Khemese, leader of the group.

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Reuben Khemese

Thabo Molubi
In Jo'burg, Thabo Molubi can lead a double life; as an executive director of an IT company by day and a traditional healer by night.

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Herman Charles Bosman
Herman Charles Bosman, although not born in Joburg, lived a good deal of his life in the city, and wrote most of his famous short stories here too. He enjoyed the city, and bemoaned the reckless demolition of some of the city's beautiful buildings.

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Herman Charles Bosman
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