Gerald Garner of Joburg Places
Gerald Garner of Joburg Places is no stranger to Jozi-ites and regeneration issues in this ever-changing city. He has written 4 books on Joburg and has taken walking tours for many years. I first went on a tour with Gerald 4 years ago and have been several times since – and have always come away with new insights. Although I have done a fair bit of research for heritage reports on areas and buildings on inner city Joburg, I seem to have focused on isolated pockets whilst Gerald has an amazing overview and connects the dots in subtle and insightful ways. After reviving the defunct Hubert Davies warehouses at no 1 Fox St into a new hip go-to destination The Sheds, he moved on to start a food market at JoziburgLane at no 1 Eloff St ( a big residential and retail hub being developed by the property developers Molten Black).
Joziburg Lane is now closed and since 2018 Gerald has developed his new venture Thunderwalker in Somerset House on Gandhi Square.
Now his latest most exciting venture is to start a Talk, Walk and Lunch at Joziburg Lane – 5 days a week, Tuesday to Saturday. Love the inversion of ‘walk and talk’ -it’s a brilliant solution to sorting out the logistics of juggling Gerald’s knowledge and his time spent on the walking tours. I sent guests staying here at Liz at Lancaster on one of his Talk and Walks and they were bowled over at the understanding they got into the changes and developments in this fast paced city. Gerald’s 1 hour and a half talk and photo presentation starts at 9 (R80 per person)and gives his overview of Joburg.
After the talk, there’s the walk
After his talk, a Joburg Places guide took a 2 and a half hour walking tour of downtown Johannesburg. After visiting the industrial-to-residential conversion – No One Eloff, they walked to Gandhi Square and then to the pedestrianised Main Street mining area.
This includes the Rand Club , the golden Mapungubwe Rhino, Hollard Street, the mining headgear and the Anglo American precinct. The tour finishes around the area of the Magistrates court and a visit to Chancellor House where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo had their law practice in 1952.
Lunch at Joziburg Lane
On returning to Joziburg Lane our guests enjoyed a delicious lunch at Joziburg Deli. (R150 per person)
The Joziburg Deli is open 9am-5pm, Tuesday till Saturday every week with foodmarket items on sale such as coffee, tea, snacks and many take-home deli goodies too (olives, olive oils, cheeses, relishes, preserves, cured meats and more).
While the all-inclusive package is recommended, (R350 per person) guests can also book for the talk only (R80) or talk and walk only (R200) should they prefer. The walk must always be booked together with the talk.
Book now by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org