city of Johannesburg Joburg Market is affiliated to the following organisations below: The Produce Marketing Association The south african union of food markets The Perishable Products Export Control Board The South African National Accreditation System


The Joburg Market has its origins in the centre of Johannesburg in 1893 in what was then called Market Square, and trading mostly took place on a barter system.

By 1913, the Market had grown to such an extent that it was moved to Newtown, where it went from strength to strength. At this site, trade took place by way of an auction system, and all manner of farm produce was sold, including poultry, game, hay, lucerne and pheasants. The turnover for the last financial year that the Market traded in Newtown - which was 1973/74 - was the princely sum of R2,4-million. By 1972, the Market was bursting at the seams in Newtown and the Johannesburg City Council took the decision to move it to the present site in City Deep.

A number of trips were undertaken by city officials to Europe, Australia and the United States to research best practices for a new market. As a result of the findings, a specially designed Market was built at a cost of R19,5-million.

With a capacity to handle 400 railway trucks a day, the Market commenced trading in September 1974, operating on a commission market system. The Market continued trading in meat and, as late as the 1978/79 financial year, it still recorded sales in venison and pheasant with 102 springbok, for instance, being sold at an average price of R17,81 each. It was only in later years that the sale of livestock was brought to an end, prompting the Market to trades only in fresh produce.

From its humble beginnings, the Market has grown consistently to become the largest fresh produce market in South Africa, and indeed all of Africa. Current turnover exceeds R3,5-billion a year. By way of comparison, the Joburg Market is twice the size of the second ranked fresh produce market in the South Africa.

Joburg Market is a member of World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM)