Category Archives: History and heritage

From Berea to Xai Xai – the Braamfontein Spruit

 I recently visited the Barnato High School in Berea to do some scoping for a possible heritage report and was fascinated to discover that the Braamfontien Spruit rises in the grounds of this school. Apparently when Barnato built his mansion in Berea in 1897 (It was demolished in 1962) he created a lake in front of [...]

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Spoilt for choice with Heritage Day tours

You can explore different parts of Joburg and surrounds Tuesday 24th September, from inner city, Joburg suburbs to mining heritage, to the Vredefort Dome. See these websites for more information http://www.heritageportal.co.za/event/heritage-day-fact-fable-walk-round-historic-modderfontein  http://www.heritageportal.co.za/event/stroll-through-kensington-heritage-day  http://www.heritageportal.co.za/event/gifa-grammers  http://www.heritageportal.co.za/event/struben-confidence-reef-heritage-day-walk  http://www.heritageportal.co.za/event/open-day-vredefort-dome by

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Bungee jumping in Soweto

A guest at Liz at Lancaster had his adrenalin rush for the weekend when he went bungee jumping from the old cooling towers in Soweto.  Known as the Orlando Towers, this ’vertical adventure facility’  was the brainchild of Bob Woods back in 2001.  When the disused towers needed maintenance the service of a rope access specialist was required [...]

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Walking in the city – explore Joburg on foot

In The Practice of Everyday Life the French scholar De Certeau has a chapter “Walking in the City”.  Here he asserts that the ‘city’ is brought into being by official bodies and large institutions who produce systems like street grids, planned urban spaces, precincts, maps etc. And it is these strategies which organize the city’s spaces into [...]

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The largest second hand bookstore in the Southern hemisphere in inner city Jozi

I’m a sucker for second hand bookshops, actually I’m a sucker for bookshops, period. But if you want a real experience visit the Collectors’ Treasury in Commissioner St in Joburg’s eastern inner city.  It is located in an 8 story building – a very unprepossessing post-war structure, which is slightly further west of Arts on [...]

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