Happy New Year From Jozi

by | Dec 31, 2010 | Johannesburg, Johannesburg City Centre | 4 comments

On the last day of 2010, Joe and I went down to the city center to monitor the Zimbabwe situation (which had died down significantly since yesterday) and to check out the Joburg Carnival.

There were no rides or carnival games — “carnival” means “parade” in South Africa. The theme of the parade was “Jozi my Jozi,” Jozi being another nickname for Johannesburg.

I have no idea what the theme of this float was. But the coolest thing about it was that the guys driving it spun it around the intersection several times before continuing on. I almost got run over while photographing it.

It was a small parade with only a handful of spectators. There were a few floats, manned mostly by small children and high school students thrilled to encounter someone who wanted to take their photo. But it was a good excuse to go downtown on a sunny day.

A group of students march past a post-apartheid housing project in Newtown, downtown Joburg. The parade is a nice opportunity to see parts of the city that might not be totally safe to visit on a normal day.

So, as the final hours of 2010 tick down, I’d like to thank you all for for reading my blog and following along on this wild ride. It’s been quite a year. And fortunately my second summer will continue well into 2011.

Me and a statue of Brenda Fassie, a legendary South African singer and hooligan. The Bassline is a historic music venue in Joburg. It used to be in Melville but moved to Newtown several years ago. Joe and other Melvillites are still mourning its relocation.

Happy New Year!


  1. tanner24

    Quite an interesting New Year’s compared to the states. I loved the picture of you and your new hooligan friend, Ms. Fassie.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Fidel Hart

    Very colorful festival. I like the imagery you showed us.
    I’m going to check out your archives now. As a soccer fan, I’m definitely searching for World Cup related posts 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    • 2summers

      Hi Fidel,

      I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed — I got here in August, post-WC. I do have one post about Soccer City, the World Cup stadium in Soweto, but that’s it. I’m hoping to go to a soccer game sometime soon though and I did write a long post about cricket if that interests you 🙂

      Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

  3. Derek Smith


    This statue used to have a bronze microphone and I was horrified to see that it had been broken off – must have been sold for scarp metal or something – I thought the security in the area was tight enough to stop this sort of vandalism


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