mlungu in Soweto

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A South African story Janine Hobbs from Cotswold Gardens, an excellent 4 star guest house in Saxonwold , sent me this wonderful oh so South African story: Janine writes: Yesterday I took a trip to Nasrec to work out the exact kilometres from my place to Soccer City.  Well this mlungu [white person] took the wrong […]

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Joburg’s best kept secret: Boekehuis

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Boekehuis , a Jozi gem A visiting academic who is staying here at Liz at Lancaster referred this morning to Boekehuis as ‘Johannesburg’s Best Kept Secret’.  What a shame not to spread the word about such a gem of  a store. The title of Lucille Davie’s article (www.joburg.org. za  7 June 2006):  ‘Boekehuis one of the world’s 50 […]

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New hotel for Hyde Park

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Southern Sun Hotel Hyde Park Due to open in September, construction of the new Southern Sun hotel above the Hyde Park shopping centre is moving ahead fast. A joint venture with Hyprop Investments who own Hyde Park shopping centre, the development is said to have a budget of R180 million. A 60 seater restaurant, whiskey […]

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The old Turbine Hall given a new life as Anglo Gold Ashanti’s headquarters

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From derelict Turbine Hall to modernized Anglo Gold Ashanti The old Turbine Hall in Newtown,  previously derelict and dangerous, has undergone a remarkable succesful adaptation, to become Anglo Gold Ashanti’s headquarters. There are some spectacular architectural details inside ,with motifs from the old industrial building being picked up and repeated with an aesthetic elegance and power which […]

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Gold of Africa Museum at Anglo Gold Ashanti ,Newtown

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Went to opening of Jeanette Unite’s exhibition ‘Head Gear’ last night at Gold of Africa Museum. Large scale works depict fragments of mining head gear in a powerful bold drawing style. Anglo Gold Ashanti’s extraordinary ‘new’ building – the old Turbine Hall in Newtown, provides the  perfect setting.  More on Anglo Gold’s fine and sensitive  adaptation and renovation […]

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Getting around Jozi to become easier

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Public Transport in Johannesburg The Confed cup went very well with Sepp Blatter ending up giving SA’s event a 7/10. One of the big criticisms was the transport to and from the stadiums and this was without the difficulties of getting from A to B without your own vehicle.  But things are happening to change […]

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