SA Presidency and Saxonwold in Google Maps joke


An apparent hoax saw the address for the South African Presidency briefly listed as a premises in the plush residential area of Saxonwold on Google Maps earlier this week. 

The fake address, which read ‘Saxonwold Drive, Randburg’ had reverted back to ‘The Presidency Office’ at the Union Buildings in Pretoria by Wednesday.

If users typed ‘South African Presidency’ into the Google Maps app as a destination, the first result that came up was to the Saxonwold address – home of the controversial Gupta family.

Saxonwold hit the headlines in late 2016, after the Public Protector’s investigators received the cellphone records of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.

The records showed Molefe was at or near the Guptas’ Saxonwold, Johannesburg compound 19 times between 5 August and 17 November 2015.

Molefe said he often frequented a ‘shebeen in Saxonwold’.