17 Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented By South Africans

Written by Keren Mikva

Early Trail Blazers for Electricity, Stock Market

Kimberley, South Africa, was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to integrate electric street lights into its infrastructure on Sept. 2, 1882. Philadelphia was No. 1 in the world, and the only city before Kimberley to employ this new lighting system technology. Kimberley also hosted the first-ever stock exchange for the continent of Africa.