Monthly Archives: February 2013

Party venues with a bird’s eye view of Jozi

Which comes first – the chicken or the egg?  In the case of the built environment it is surely the buildings which must precede the functional possibilities they offer.  So as the supply of  high rise inner city developments has increased,  so the demand for a venue with a view has grown.  And there is [...]

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Usually the train moves but with Park Station it’s been the building that moves

Park Station then and now:   Johannesburg’s first railway station ,  commissioned by the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek and designed by the Dutch architect Jacob Klinkhamer, was  manufactured in Rotterdam in 1895.  It was brought out to the Transvaal and was re-erected at Park Halt (as Park Station was known at the time) between 1896 and [...]

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Rosebank: vibrant, cosmopolitan and well-managed

  Neil Fraser who is a private consultant in the field of urban renewal, writes an amazing newsletter Citichat.  Sadly since he has left Johannesburg to take up life in Montagu, these newsletters are less frequent than they were.  Citichat is a Joint Venture with Urban Genesis Management an organization which works to  strengthen local [...]

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From beaded cloths to philanthropic travel

One of the best things about running a guesthouse is all the interesting people we meet from all over the world.  One such person is Pat Walker who runs Cultural Explorer.  Pat, a remarkable woman with boundless energy and a wonderful sense of humour, runs tours to South Africa which focus on volunteer, cultural, or [...]

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