Get your walking shoes out to explore Joburg and its surrounds this week-end

4 different walks in and around Joburg this week-end

You can’t complain about the lack of variety of what’s on in Jozi this weekend:

  • Sat …5th Nov at 14.00 Join Parktown Heritage Association for the last Jacaranda Walk of 2011; park at the La Roche offices, 54 The Valley Road; no booking necessary; R40; stunning views of Parktown & Forest Town; more info phone 011 482-3349


  • Meet at Arts on Main at 9.30 on 5th Nov for an Inner City Walk exploring the east of the city
  • And if you have explored the east of the city on Saturday with Main Street Walks, then you can explore the west with Walk and Talk Tours on Sunday.  Meet at Museum Africa Bree Street Johannesburg at 8am.  The walk will be approximately two to three hours.  The route will go Mary Fitzgerald square, Newtown,  past the old stock exchange,  going past the City Hall, Rand Club, Library Gardens, Corner House, Rissik Street Post Office, also going up Main Street Mall, Hollard Street, Standard Bank Mine Stope – also with a special visit to two to three buildings in Kruis and President Streets. Cell: +27 83 269 9769
  • and for something very different look for mushrooms and fungi (yes, I did say Fungi!) at the Kloofendal Nature Reserve Two-hour walk from 9am led by Bernice Porter, a fungi expert. Contact Karin Spottiswoode 011-674-2980 or 072-595-6991
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Kentridge exhibition which shows a new film ‘Other Faces’ will open at Goodman Gallery on 10th November

Kentridge’s Other Faces opens at the Goodman Gallery

From Goodman Gallery invitation

From Goodman Gallery invitation


Kentridge’s latest film, Other Faces, has been drawn and filmed over the past year. It will be shown in conjunction with a group of working drawings used in the film’s animation, as well as drawing fragments and prints.


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Watch the evening sky over the next couple of weeks


Mercury and Venus in the night sky

Watch Mercury overtaking Venus early evenings this week.   As it starts to get dark, look over to the west for the very bright “evening star” – Venus.  Venus is so bright it can be seen in twilight. As the earth turns you will see:

  •  Mercury appearing as a relatively bright ‘star’ below left of Venus
  • first Mercury then Venus setting
  • Jupiter rising above the eastern horizon as another extremely bright “star”

If you watch this over the next two weeks, you’ll notice the movement of the planets: Mercury will move upwards each evening towards Venus, then appear to reverse and move back down towards the horizon.

  • Friday evening (28th Oct) look out for the young crescent Moon above Mercury and Venus.

Happy planet gazing  :)

With thanks to the Joburg Planeterium for the info.



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