I came to Johannesburg in 1975 and we settled in the city center, we lived there until 1989. We then moved to the very quiet suburb of Mondeor, those first nights I missed the noisy street sounds…
Yesterday I went for a walk in the city with a few colleagues, I have so many photos of the outing that I decided a blog post was the best way to share the sights.
I grew up here in the middle of the city, we lived in Joubert Park and town and Hillbrow were like playgrounds. The familiar buildings like Ponte and the two towers (Hillbrow & Brixton) were landmarks that helped us find our way back home and I mean that literally because we walked everywhere and walked for ever, there were no limits, we just kept going and exploring. When it was time to go back home the best GPS was to just gaze at the view in front of you and start the trek back home. My dad taught us to always look for the Hillbrow tower and just walk in that direction. We never got lost. These buildings and the city were hometown, the city centre that we just called town had and still has a fantastic mix of old and new. It’s a place that still inspires strong emotions in me. I love the city center. It’s rough and beautiful and busy and can easily be quiet and peaceful.
It’s a concrete jungle filled and surrounded by a real forest, there are thousands of trees in Joburg city center. Over the years there have been many changes…some destruction and some abandoned places and lots of success stories and successful efforts in upgrading it.
But the walk yesterday was not around our old area and near the old address, we went west towards Newtown. It was a great morning and experience, something I knew I would enjoy because I really love walking in the city streets. Jozi has a unique character, lots of original features and a rich history to share with anyone that is interested….
Johannesburg. Joburg. Jozi. City of Gold. Welcoming city. You are a soaring space!