Within a converted warehouse in what used to be one of the most dangerous parts of Johannesburg, you can eat gelato made by an Italian who had the machines shipped over from his family's store in Rome. You can taste golden fish from Mozambique cooked in the Congolese style, with rice and plantains, sample corn cakes with four kinds of sauce made by a Zulu bohemian who describes his style of dress as "funky Amish," or try ginger roti made by Rastafarians who, when you ask where they hail from, will tell you they are citizens of the "celestial paradise of the fifth dimension." Nearby, on a rooftop, you can dance to salsa music. On the street below, you can watch a drunken Frenchman wave his hands like a rhythmically challenged conductor while musicians play marimbas made from wooden pallets. Around the block, as techno from Zimbabwe rattles the speakers of a car parked nearby, you can meet a jeweler from one of the townships who used to get the brass for his rings by melting down discarded kerosene stoves, but now makes pieces out of silver and gold for the affluent shoppers who roam the neighborhood. Read The Full [...]
Anna Cox, The Star, reports on the exciting new developments at the iconic Alhambra Theatre in Doornfontein. Curtain to rise again at historic Joburg theatre THE STAR / 24 AUGUST 2017, 11:20AM / ANNA COX The grand old dame of Doornfontein, the Alhambra Theatre, is set to be transformed into a much-needed arts and training centre. The 1921 building, once famous for its theatre productions which drew people from across the country and which staged some of the best productions, has been lying empty for 20 years. The building, which was owned by Pieter Toerien, has been sold to the Affordable Housing Company (Afhco) to be turned into a centre for arts learning and training. Afhco has renovated many buildings in the Joburg CBD and, more recently, in Doornfontein. The company is also refurbishing the old, famous Jeppe Street post office into residential and retail space. Afhco chief operating officer Renney Plit said this was a project close to his heart, so much so that he pledged some of his personal finances into purchasing and refurbishing the building. Costs incurred are expected to be around R15million. The building, which has has three separate theatres and an office block, is on [...]
This show is a must for all to see. Now on at the Joburg Theatre until 08 October'17. A real emotional rollercoaster ride. Tons of laughter, fantastic toe tapping music and also the shedding of a tear or two. An outstanding South African cast who portrayed this true story so beautifully. Proudly South African.
The Johannesburg City Council has launched an ambitious and far reaching initiative called Walkable Braamfontein. It involves the construction of new pedestrian walkways and pedestrian pavements that will eventually link the Johannesburg Metro Centre, and its recently opened new Mayoral Chamber, with the Gautrain Park Station and the rest of Braamfontein including the Nelson Mandela Bridge. The first pilot phase, currently under construction, puts the Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Parktonian All-Suite at the centre of this imaginative plan. Needless to say, our hotel and our neighbours are co-operating extensively with the City Council in getting this scheme implemented. It will produce far reaching positive outcomes for the citizens of Johannesburg and visitors to the city and to our hotel. The following artists impressions show how the area and streets immediately surrounding the hotel will look on completion of this first phase. Artists perspective from above the Parktonian. Artists sketch of the Rissik Street walkway looking towards the Metro Centre. Artists sketch of Juta street showing the Bridge between the hotel and the Parkade.