City of Gold

Cry, The Beloved Country – by Alan Paton is a book we all read when we were littlies at school. I don’t remember the whole story I remember that Reverend Khumalo has to make a trip to Johannesburg and this is such a huge task, travelling to the big city. The whole story revolves around this city.


It’s my city, this is has been home since 1975….

I saw a beautiful photo taken by a photographer friend, captured in winter, from quite a distance. So beautifully captured, and he gave me permission to paint from his photo.

I loved painting this, the winter grass is painted over gold leaf and this gives the painting such a beautiful shine.

Painting this gave me a yearning desire to read my old school book again and to see Johannesburg through Reverend Khumalo’s eyes. I need to find an old copy of the book somewhere.

I love this painting ♥

All roads lead to Johannesburg

A walk in the city

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…

a little bit of Newtown

a little bit of Newtown

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….

MTN Taxi rank, last minute shopping, lots of variety

MTN Taxi rank, last-minute shopping, lots of variety

this is like the London tube map (Underground) :-) it really is the same

this is like the London tube map (Underground) 😀 it really is the same

Diagonal Street, the Diamond building built in 1984

Diagonal Street, the Diamond building built-in 1984

Muti shop (Muti is a form of traditional medicine preactised in SA. The word muti is derived from the Zulu word for tree)

Muti shop (Muti is a form of traditional medicine practised in SA. The word muti is derived from the Zulu word for tree)

a bit of lace still remains in the city a reminder of the Dutch heritage and the street s lined with trees

a bit of lace still remains in the city a reminder of the Dutch heritage.  Streets lined with trees

Walter and Albertina Sisulu

Walter and Albertina Sisulu.  Shoe man 😀

In this small building was the office of the law practice of Nelson Mandela & Oliver Tambo. Statue of Mandela the boxer in front of the Magistrate's Court

In this small building was the office of the law practice of Nelson Mandela & Oliver Tambo. Statue of Mandela the boxer in front of the Magistrate’s Court

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So many things to discover in the streets of Johannesburg

Johannesburg. Joburg. Jozi. City of Gold. Welcoming city. You are a soaring space!