Overview & history

Growing shared prosperity since 1887

The JSE was established by Benjamin Wollan on 8 November 1887. His goal was to provide a platform for gold mining companies to raise capital to make the most of South Africa’s first gold rush.

The JSE has transitioned from a member-operated organisation to a privately-owned and listed entity. Today, the JSE operates five financial markets: the Equity Market, the Equity Derivatives Market, the Currency Derivatives Market, the Interest Rate Market and the Commodity Derivatives Market.

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