Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Hellenes, immigrants, reached
the Southern shores of what now constitutes the Republic of South Africa.
It appears that the first such immigrants inhabited the area of Cape Town and as their numbers gradually increased, they began trekking northwards towards Johannesburg and Pretoria.
At the beginning of the last (twentieth) century, small concentrations of
Hellenes were formed in these towns, numbering a few hundred individuals each, who, aware of the need to safeguard their religions,
linguistic and cultural tenets / ideals, formed themselves into regional societies which they named Hellenic communities,
each such community named after a town or region.
Thus, the Hellenic Community of Cape Town and environs was the first to be
formed in Cape Town (1903), followed by the Hellenic Community of Johannesburg and Witwatersrand (1908) and Hellenic Community of Pretoria (1908).
As the Hellenic population gradually increased and sizeable concentrations
of Hellenes were formed in the other major towns of South Africa,
additional Hellenic communities were formed in these towns, with aims consistent with those of the pioneering Hellenic Communities
Simultaneously, and over the first six decades of the twentieth century, a number of Hellenic Ethnic
Regional Societies were formed, representing Hellenes, originating in a specific area or region of Greece, Cyprus or other
countries, as well as other Hellenic organizations serving the interests of Hellenes in a specific field of human endeavour
or expression such as education, benevolence, sport, private enterprise, professional.
The Hellenic communities and the other Hellenic organizations
were and still are, independent and self-governed institutions, which prior to the formation of the Federation had very little
appreciation of co-operating with each other for a common purpose. Especially the Hellenic Communities, which were content
to serve the interests of the Hellenes in the area of their operation.
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was evident that Greeks were business people in Alberton as early as the early 1940's. The Greek of Alberton participated
very actively in the anti-Fascist struggles of the 1940's. The idea for the establishment of a community as a legal entity
was nurtured in the late 1950's. On the the 10th of November 1963 the first elected E.C was installed for a two
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of EAST LONDON
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1st official E.C. of the Greek community of East London was elected in 1968. The community
maintains a Greek after-school and a Greek Orthodox church dedicated to St. George.
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Hellenic community of Far West Rand was informally established in 1950's, due to the
great "gold rush" of the times. Officialy it was established on the 9th of December 1980.
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early as 1895 a few Greeks began to settle in Johhanesburg. In 1902 (after the 2nd Boer War) as many as 1000 Greeks were
residing in Johannesburg. Brotherhoods and Associations were
established trying to offer assistance to newcomers. In 1908, the "Hellenic Community Of Johannesburg
and Surroundings" was formed, which consisted then, of 200 members.
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very first Greek immigrants in Natal settled around the end
of 19th century. The "Hellenic Association of Natal" was formed
around these years. In 1950's the formation of the "Greek Community of Natal"
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to records found in the archives of the Hellenic Community of Pretoria, in 1906 the Greek settlers who
reached Pretoria, numbered about 120 and formed two
small societies, namely, ELLINISMOS & PANHELLENIC BENEVOLENT SOCIETY. The Hellenic Community of Pretoria was born, on the 1st of July 1908.
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Hellenic Society of Springs was formed in 1958. Later, in 1974 it was renamed Hellenic Community of Springs covering
a much bigger number of Greeks residing in the area.
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can find Greeks in Welkom since 1950's. In 1956 the official formation of the Greek Community of Welkom took place.
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1937, the Hellenic Association of Benoni was formed by Hellenes residing in and around the area, in their atempt to put together
a Greek after-school for their children. After the 2nd WW, they managed to buy an old house, turning it into the 1st official
Greek school of Benoni.
In 1968, the Association was transformed to Hellenic Community of Benoni.
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Cape Town, 8000
oldest Greek community of S. Africa, is the Hellenic community of Cape Town.
In 1898 a charity organisation offering aid to Greek immigrands was formed. In 1900, the grounds where the Greek
church stands today, was purchased from funds collected by the Greek community. The Greek Community of Cape Town become a reality.
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first Greek to settle within the East Rand, were mostly from Crete, Cyprus, Samo, Lemno, Ithaka and the northern parts of
Greece. The first "East Rand Hellenic Association" was established in 1936. The community of "East Rand" was established in
1950's and covered Brakpan, Benoni, Springs, Boksburg, Kempton Park, Nigel and Germiston.
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history of the Hellenic community of Germiston began in 1955. The driving force behind the formation of the community, were
some of the foundational members of the Imbrian Brotherhood, who had been in existence since 1937 and who lived in Germiston.
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could find Greeks in Kimberley since 1925, most of them involved
in small retail business. During the 2nd WW, many more Greek immigrants arrived. On the 26 September 1981, the Hellenic Community
of Kimberley was formed.
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Port Elizabeth, 6000
first Greeks arrived in Port Elizabeth in 1879. They were
either survivors of a shipwreck or sailors. In 1927 one could identify Greek retail businesses. In 1936, the "Hellenic Community
of Port Elizabeth" was formally established.
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10 Greek families settled in Rustenburg since 1960's. As more Greek immigrants were joining them the need for an organisation
become clearer. On 13 November, 1965 the 1st E.C. of the Hellenic Community of Rustemburg was ellected.
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first Greeks arrived in Klerksdorp (a very small village then) in 1936. Many more followed. On the 11th of October 1959, the
Hellenic Community of Western Transvaal was officialy formed.
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Hellenic community of West Rand tried to build a Greek Orthox church, since 1960, knowing only too well that
such an achievement would be the official start of the formation of the Greek Community of West
Rand. In August 1974 the church was ready. That was the start of a very active Hellenic community.