Category Archives: History and heritage

Will this revival of Newtown be the one that works?

In 2004 I wrote an article entitled ‘Re-envisioning Greater Johannesburg South African Development in the first decade after Democracy’  African Arts Winter 2004.   Back then I wrote about how, post 1994, the Gauteng Provincial Government had earmarked funds to the tune of R3.5 billion for the development of various programs to revitalize Greater Johannesburg.  Several […]

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Besides having one of the best climates in the world, Jozi has much to offer …

Wow! what is it with Jozi at the moment? So much positive press from all sorts of different quarters. From no 1 cycle route, to an up-and-coming art hub to a new spin on the level of violence – Joburg is being praised and flaunted as an interesting and vibrant city.  Although Joburg will always […]

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From Berea to Xai Xai – the Braamfontein Spruit

 I recently visited the Barnato High School in Berea to do some scoping for a possible heritage report and was fascinated to discover that the Braamfontien Spruit rises in the grounds of this school. Apparently when Barnato built his mansion in Berea in 1897 (It was demolished in 1962) he created a lake in front of […]

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Spoilt for choice with Heritage Day tours

You can explore different parts of Joburg and surrounds Tuesday 24th September, from inner city, Joburg suburbs to mining heritage, to the Vredefort Dome. See these websites for more information http://www.heritageportal.co.za/event/heritage-day-fact-fable-walk-round-historic-modderfontein  http://www.heritageportal.co.za/event/stroll-through-kensington-heritage-day  http://www.heritageportal.co.za/event/gifa-grammers  http://www.heritageportal.co.za/event/struben-confidence-reef-heritage-day-walk  http://www.heritageportal.co.za/event/open-day-vredefort-dome by

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Bungee jumping in Soweto

A guest at Liz at Lancaster had his adrenalin rush for the weekend when he went bungee jumping from the old cooling towers in Soweto.  Known as the Orlando Towers, this ‘vertical adventure facility’  was the brainchild of Bob Woods back in 2001.  When the disused towers needed maintenance the service of a rope access specialist was required […]

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