1896Purvis & BiggsS. Afr. 124The evil influence of the concentration of power in the hands of the few magnates of the Golden City must be borne strongly in mind by all who desire to grasp the significance of certain South African problems.
1909Lady S. WilsonS. Afr. Mem. 288The Golden City itself was, to all outward appearances, as thriving as ever, with its busy population, its crowded and excellent shops, and its general evidences of opulence, which appeared to overbalance — or, in any case, wish to conceal — any existing poverty or distress.
1913J. BrandtPetticoat Commando 15I must ask my reader to turn his attention for a few moments to that great mining centre, Johannesburg, ‘The Golden City’ of South Africa.
1979M. MatshobaCall Me Not a Man 95I felt like a goduka going to the Golden City for the first time in his life, afraid it may swallow him, afraid he may not return from the dark earth’s entrails of gold.
1987N. Mkhonze inTrue Love Mar. 46As the government was against blacks from other towns working in the Golden City, I was told that I did not qualify to register as a worker in Johannesburg.
1990Sunday Times 25 Feb. 20When Russian immigrants K & L first set up their business in the Golden City in 1895, their first pile came from syringes they made to inoculate cattle against the rinderpest.
1993E. Khumalo inPace July 77In Plein Street we found a young man..who came to Jo’burg two years ago...‘I’m dying to go back home. I don’t want to die in this filthy concrete jungle called the Golden City.’