Phola Hier, sithandwa sam’ – A walking tour through Sophiatown 

Jazz, kwela, fashion and culture, all encompass the colourful character of old Sophiatown. Located to the west of Johannesburg, this freehold township of homes owned by blacks, coloureds, Indian and white people was a unique occurrence in a time when the separation of races was enforced by law. Although heavily populated and poor, the circumstances…

An Afternoon in the Oppenheimer Gardens

The Oppenheimer gardens (another one of those places I’ve passed and never entered) are in Central Jabavu, just up the road from the famous Morris Isaacsons High school, one of the meeting points of the June 16th march. They are home to the Oppenheimer Tower and the Credo Mutwa Village.  My mother and I decided…

Sci-Bono Adventures

Working in the Sci-Bono building has been an interesting experience. Mainly because of the fun gadgets (read:distractions) along the way to my office. I also really enjoy seeing young people learning and having fun at the same time. But it’s not always fun and games… Last week, as I headed down to the coffee shop…

Maropeng

Maropeng, the official visitors centre for the Cradle of Humankind World heritage site, is an award winning tourist attraction located just outside Johannesburg. It’s an entertaining and educational trip through the ages.   One of the first things I noticed was a sign that read “Beware” followed by a picture of a snake. Not quite…