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

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