View of Joburg from the top of Ponte City

In Transit: Hillbrow Above and Below

I’m about to leave South Africa for a few weeks, which always makes me feel weird. I woke up in a strange, sad mood today, mourning everything about the state of the world. I recognize the feeling now — it’s pre-transit melancholy. (Although there really are a lot of crappy things happening in the world right now, too.)

This is going to be a momentous trip for a variety of reasons and I’ll be blogging about those reasons along the way. But before I go, I thought I’d throw out some momentous Jozi photos that I took earlier this month.

I tagged along with some friends on a tour of Hillbrow and Berea with Dlala Nje, an organization based in Ponte City. I’ve blogged about Hillbrow, Berea, and Ponte City on many occasions but these places never get old.

View of Joburg from the top of Ponte CityDlala Nje has an apartment on the top floor of Ponte City. This is the view through the window of that apartment.

Satellite dishes in HillbrowHillbrow has an incredible concentration of satellite dishes.

Ponte City core straight upPonte City (the tallest residential building in Africa) has a hollow core. Here’s the view from inside the core, one of the most spectacular sights in Joburg.

Ponte City core at an angleSorry, one more.

Fiver sketching in the Ponte City coreFiver sketches inside the Ponte core.

Hillbrow Gumtree Out on the streets, this is the Hillbrow version of Gumtree. People in Hillbrow and Berea use this wall to advertise apartments for rent, rooms for rent, even beds for rent. They often sit around the wall after they put up their signs, waiting for others to find their advertisements. It’s a great place to people-watch.

Kids walking home from school on Pretoria Street in HillbrowSchool’s out on Pretoria Street.

Shopping signSonnyboy’s Mini Market, the shop that sells everything from sardines to hubby bubbly.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for updates from the Western Hemisphere. And not to worry, the #Gauteng52 series will continue uninterrupted during my travels.

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  • Reply Richard Goller March 28, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Always great see your pics of JHB. Ponte – that building has so many stories to tell, some of them urban legends no doubt. Thanks. R

    • Reply 2summers March 28, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Undoubtedly. But I think a lot of them are also true 🙂

  • Reply Gail Scott Wilson March 28, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Safe travels, enjoy, overdo the Aunty mode and looking forward to seeing you when you return.

  • Reply autumnashbough March 28, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Safe travels! Ponte never gets old. 🙂

    • Reply 2summers March 28, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      I’m glad you agree. It’s the craziest building.

  • Reply Catherine March 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Wishing you a great trip!

    • Reply 2summers March 29, 2017 at 10:11 am


  • Reply Mthokozisi Lloyd Mkhize December 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I’m South African, born in Umlazi Township in Durban Kwa-Zulu Natal and I live in Johannesburg with mom..

    • Reply 2summers December 8, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      That’s awesome. Thanks for the comment 🙂

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