Category Archives: Joburg and surrounds: things to do and see

Pick of the week- a Dlala Nje ‘immersion’

Drinking tea and coffee while gathered in a funky 2 bed-roomed 52nd-floor apartment (granite topped kitchen counter tops, tiled floor, the north winter sun streaming in through expansive windows),  it is hard to match this with the dystopian scene that hits us as when we descend to the deepest basement level in the core of [...]

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Joburg ranks highly in terms of affordability of business space and cost of living

Some two and a half years ago, in 2011, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Partnership for New York City graded 26 metropolitan cities assessing where they rank in terms of business opportunities, culture, livability, tourism and innovation, amongst other factors. Interestingly, Johannesburg made it into this list – the only African city to do so- at number [...]

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Jazzing it up in Jozi

  Jazzlovers bemoan the demise of many of Jozi’s well-known jazz venues such as Kippies and the Blues Room, amongst others. However, good news is that Aymeric Peguillan who was so central to the live jazz scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s, has leased the former Narina Trogon restaurant in Braamfontein, which offers a downstairs [...]

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Pick of the Week: Exploring Jozi with Joburg Places

The only way to get a real sense of a city is not by driving through as an observer, but by immersing oneself in the sensory experiences of street life and activity. So while the Hop-on Hop-off Red Bus is a great way to orientate oneself to the geographical layout of the larger city, nothing [...]

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Will this revival of Newtown be the one that works?

In 2004 I wrote an article entitled ‘Re-envisioning Greater Johannesburg South African Development in the first decade after Democracy’  African Arts Winter 2004.   Back then I wrote about how, post 1994, the Gauteng Provincial Government had earmarked funds to the tune of R3.5 billion for the development of various programs to revitalize Greater Johannesburg.  Several [...]

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