Out and About – riding shotgun on a delivery.
Old Mining Headgear. Johannesburg in the background with Hillbrow Tower on the far right.
On the way to the flower market. Joe Slovo Drive- formerly Harrow Road (pre-democracy) bordering Hillbrow to the right with the round Ponte Building (residential flats) in the background.
Hillbrow, once a cool area to visit, very cosmopolitan and vibrant. Great clubs, restaurants, record stores, book shops. take-aways. You name it it was there. I used to spend many a Saturday and Sunday after work in the Jo’burg central city walking around Hillbrow with almost no concern for personal safety.
I even managed a hairdressing salon there for a short while until I had a run in with a van while riding my motorbike. It didn’t go well! It was regarded as Africa’s Flatland and one of the first residential areas where the Group Areas Act was ”unofficially” relaxed prior to elections in ’94.
The result was an unmitigated disaster. As one demographic fled, another moved in. Numerous buildings were hijacked, drugs, prostitution and violence were the norm.
It has improved slightly, (apparently) but has never returned to its former self and has become a run down area. For my English visitors, think Moss Side in Manchester on a very bad hair day!
Now I wouldn’t be seen dead there. Or maybe I would?
1st Avenue, Houghton.
A few murals. These are on Louis Botha Avenue about a km from our spot.
And some cakes …. went out over the past ten days.
This is decorated with real gold leaf. Took a while!