In 1891, a wealthy businessman named Edouard Lippert was tasked with establishing a timber plantation by the even wealthier Joburg randlord Hermann Eckstein. The area, originally known as Lippert’s Plantation, was soon renamed Sachsenwald, after a forest near Lippert’s home in Germany.

When World War 1 broke out, the German name was anglicised to Saxonwold...

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