Ponte Tower – A Tale of Glamour, Garbage and Gritty Regeneration

Johannesburg's Ponte Tower is infamous, notorious and really really interesting.  It embodies the former decadence, ensuing decay and current regeneration of the City of Gold.  It's a brutalist, concrete hollow cylinder of a building in the city's Central Business District (CBD).  The tallest residential building in Africa, it rises 55 stories tall and along with the … Continue reading Ponte Tower – A Tale of Glamour, Garbage and Gritty Regeneration

Book cover The World that was Ours by Hilda Bernstein

The World that Was Ours by Hilda Berstein: A Review

As an expat it's always a challenge to dig beneath the surface and figure out what makes your new country tick, to comprehend the national psyche.  In South Africa, the wound left by the Apartheid years is still raw.   History books can be a dry, slow route to enlightenment.  For me, literature is often the … Continue reading The World that Was Ours by Hilda Berstein: A Review