Expat, gold, Johannesburg

Johannesburg CBD: Crime, Burglary, Decay or Culture, Business, Delight?

Johannesburg's Central Business District (CBD) was once the heart of gold rush pioneer town Johannesburg.  This is where  all the biggest, best and most beautiful buildings were built.  Many years later, after first the rise and then fall of apartheid this area deteriorated significantly.  Residents and businesses moved out in droves as buildings were hijacked quickly becoming… Continue reading Johannesburg CBD: Crime, Burglary, Decay or Culture, Business, Delight?

Soweto

Soweto: Place of Much Rain

In the early days of Johannesburg, the township of Soweto mushroomed in tandem with the surrounding gold mines housing labourers in dire overcrowded hostels.  Heavy downpours were frequent and would flood the mine-works, so it was known as Place of Much Rain….or more affectionately, So Wet Oh!     Soweto Then and Now No, not really, Soweto IS a… Continue reading Soweto: Place of Much Rain