Johannesburg’s CBD – Crime, Burglary and Decay or Culture, Business and 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’s CBD – Crime, Burglary and Decay or Culture, Business and Delight?

New Gold Rush in Gauteng!

Gold is the magic that pumped through the earth’s veins giving life to Johannesburg on land that was otherwise not suitable to attract and sustain a large human population. Primarily, it is unsuitable land because there is no natural water source to support the consumption needs of a vast landlocked city and the joke runs that the only … Continue reading New Gold Rush in Gauteng!

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