Johannesburg Contemporary Art Foundation [JCAF] Forest Town Johannesburg

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Johannesburg Contemporary Art Foundation [JCAF]  Like many I mourned the forced closure of live exhibitions, movie screenings, theatre performances, tours and events during the various stages of Covid Lockdown. And because there wasn’t the usual dilemma of choices to be made from the multiple options in Jozi’s jam-packed and diverse schedule, I missed the few […]

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Underground tunnels in Central Jozi

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Jeppe Street Post Office 1935 While writing my last post on Art Deco in Johannebsurg, I came across photos in my archive of the Jeppe Street Post Office. Three years ago Laurice Taitz of Johannebsurg In Your Pocket together with JDA and Africa Housing Company [AFCHO] arranged a tour of this 1935 Public Works building.   […]

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Art Deco in Johannesburg

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Buildings competing for Numero Uno  Like many born and bred Jozi-ites I have seen many iterations of this mad brash vibrant city, not least of all the Sandton sky-line.  Glinting glass phalluses compete for attention a la Donkey-of-Shrek fame in a persistent “Choose Me! Choose Me!”.  The bigger, the taller, the more expensive, the more […]

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A visit to Sophiatown with Lucille Davie

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Lucille Davie’s Sophiatown tour I wrote briefly in my last blog about the history of SophiaTown, and its destruction in the late 1950s.  This wholesale and devastating destruction of buildings left only four standing:  Three that escaped were Christ the King Anglican Church, where Archbishop Trevor Huddleston preached, Dr Alfred Bitini Xuma’s house and St […]

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