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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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Besides having one of the best climates in the world, Jozi has much to offer …

Wow! what is it with Jozi at the moment? So much positive press from all sorts of different quarters. From no 1 cycle route, to an up-and-coming art hub to a new spin on the level of violence – Joburg is being praised and flaunted as an interesting and vibrant city.  Although Joburg will always [...]

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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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Will the new development in Newtown help to revitalize the area?

  In 2011 the old potato sheds behind the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg were demolished to make way for the first major retail and leisure investment in the city for a while.  Planned as a mixed-use node it is being developed by  Atterbury Property,  facilitated by the Johannesburg Property Company and the Johannesburg Development [...]

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What’s on at Joburg’s theatres?

The title of the play showing at the Main Market Theatre  is self explanatory : Kwela Bafana: A night in a 50′s Shebeen directed by Sibikwa Art Centre founders Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, is a musical runs at the Market Theatre until 24 June, with tickets ranging between R75 and R160.And a nice touch [...]

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