The grand lady of Rosebank Hotels closes its doors at the end of August

5 star hotel accommodation is really suffering:

From the August 2011 Rosebank Review sent out by the Rosebank Management District 

African sun Hotels has decided to close the Grace hotel on 31 August 2011 due to the continued pressures of the global recession which have negatively affected the South African travel and tourism industry.   The hotel has suffered from both a reduction in overseas and domestic  visitors, particularly a shrinkage in corporate business which has migrated away from five star accommodation.     African Sun has elected to withdraw from the five star hotel industry in Johannesburg, which is likely to remain under pressure for the short to medium term.  Low room rates and rising operating costs, coupled with an oversupply of hotel rooms and the subsequent “rate war” has added to the inability of the hotel to weather the downturn in the hospitality sector.

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S’PHARA PHARA by Chris Saunders at Resolution Gallery Lower Rosebank

Chris Saunders presents S’phara Phara, a photo essay that documents the The Real Actions Pantsula Dance Crew from Orange Farm.   Unit 4 Chester Court 142 Jan Smuts Ave

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A day in the life of cultural Johannesburg: 30th July 2011

If you can face the freezing weather you can have yourself a cultural feast day on Saturday 30th July.
10 am: Catch Phillemon Hlungwane’s walkabout of his exhibition at Everard Read Gallery Rosebank (Jellicoe Ave)        Now for your 11 o’clock fill  …..  which will you choose ..  ??
11am  Hot foot it  down to David Krut in Jan Smuts to catch Gary Schneider’s walkabout of his photographic  show Skin                                                                                     or get to one of Boekehuiss fabulous talks at 11-12.15 with South African crime writers Deon Meyer and Mandy Wiener, whose book  Killing Kebble, I have  in the pile of  ‘books to read’ next to my bed.                  
12 pm  Thompson’s Gallery Meville is just down the drag from Boekehuis so you could join Gordon Froud’s  walkabout of the show he curated : Altered Pieces which features fifty artists responding to the lyrics of Leonard Cohen. Wine will be served and as always Sally Thompson’s welcoming laid back style will provide a warm welcome to all on a cold winter’s midday. But don’t linger too long …. there’s still lots to do and see …  
But now you are going to have to make more choices …..
2 pm you can meet the Parktown Westcliff Heritage Trust for a  walkabout of the fascinating area of Marshalltown - on the southern edge of Joburg CBD and  historically the ‘forecourt to the mines’ (to use Beavon’s description). Buy tickets (R80) at Computicket, or just arrive.   Secure parking has been arranged in the Nedbank Employees parking on the south side of the big Nedbank block between Loveday and Rissik Streets – entrance in Marshall Street.
Also at 2pm, you can catch the opening of Nathaniel Stern’s exhibition Giverny of the Midwest at AOP 44 Stanley Ave Milpark to be opened by Prof Jeremy Wafer of the Wits School of Arts. Stern creates his digital performative imagery by strapping a desktop scanner, laptop and custom-made battery pack to his body, and ‘performs images into existence’.  For more information see http://www.galleryaop.com/view.asp?ItemID=58&tname=tblComponent1&oname=&pg=front
By now you are exhausted and saturated but don’t give up yet  … you can just make it to the
5.30 pm opening at Arts on Main of  an exhibition  featuring  the photographic works of Dan Rosenthal and Andrew Sprawson.  And then because it is not far and you will make it by
7.30 pm  catch the movie The Bang Bang Club at The Bioscope at Main Street Life
OK even I am now exhausted …   whoever said that Joburg is a cultural wasteland ??? 

And if I have knocked my cold, I will be at a walkabout of the Ethiopian quarter in the heart of inner city Joburg.

 

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