I recently spent a Friday walking around downtown Joburg with Gerald Garner. Gerald needed a few photos taken for his new book, Johannesburg 2020 and Ahead. So we walked the city from end to end — nearly nine kilometers total, with a couple of Uber rides mixed in — chatting about recent developments in town as Gerald pointed out the different buildings and scenes he needed me to shoot.
Gerald and I have worked together for years; many of the places we visited were places I’ve been before on Gerald’s JoburgPlaces tours. But it’s been a while since I really dug in to the city like this, and I’m still seeing everything with fresh eyes after the hard lockdown. I loved every minute of the walk — it was one of my favorite days of the year so far.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures.
Thanks for the walk, Gerald.
If you’d like to hear more about Gerald’s new book (I’m personally very excited to see it), there’s a launch at Thunderwalker next Thursday, 10 December, at 6:30 p.m.
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That looks like so much fun. Okay, going anywhere right now sounds like so much fun.
I hear you. Our case numbers are creeping up again…I’m trying to make a little gay while the sun shines.
Great photos. I like the looks of Jewel City
Yes it’s great!
Such beautiful images! I used to live in Cape Town, but I’m in Joburg now. Your posts were one of the reasons I wanted to come here…Joburg is so wonderful through your eyes.
Well, that is music to my ears (eyes). Thank you so much Nicci!
I live right near Gandhi Square so I see Thunder Walker all the time and it’s been a complete enigma. Sometimes it’s open, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes the entrance is via Gandhi sometimes via Fox. Sometimes it’s fenced off like a corporate events venue, sometimes it looks like it’s open to the public. And the boards in Fox seem to indicate that it only sells alcohol-free drinks. But I’ve never been in because I’ve never been sure if it’s actually open when I’ve actually had time available as I walked past – plus from Fox it’s always looked empty (from Gandhi you can’t tell). It’s located on such prime real estate and the owner is not extracting anything like the value that is sitting there.
Yes, it’s an events venue and hence it’s opening hours and decor change frequently. Also…It’s a pandemic? Not the easiest time to be running a new tourism venue in the inner city. I would suggest taking the time to call, find out a good time to visit, and actually take a look inside before dismissing it.
Thanks so much for this Heather, especially Jewel City which I I hope will work for residents who will ‘take ownership’ and keep it looking great. I’m looking forward to a visit.
Thanks Margaret! Jewel City looks very promising – I have high hopes for it.