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Freedom, flight and urban running

Freedom, flight and urban running

Urban Running: Parkour in the city Dhirta Jinabhai and Sakeena Suliman Jo’burgers get together in the CBD to practise their parkour moves. Parkour, also known as PK and urban running, is a fairly new sport which involves using the body’s natural agility to move from one spot to another. Check out the video to watch […]

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Downtown beacon of light

In an area just slightly larger than a soccer field, there is an oasis of regeneration in a sea of stagnation and decay in the CBD. It consists of apartments, a restaurant and café, an art house movie complex and a building, housing some of the country’s top artists. It is nestled between industrial buildings […]

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Statuesque splendour

Johannesburg is a city that is not often heralded for its aesthetics and yet there is beauty in abundance for those who are willing to look. Statues represent a celebration of what cannot be moved or changed. They capture a moment in time as well as individuals who have helped shape those moments. They are […]

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A building of prayers

A building of prayers

Tenants create and change their living spaces consciously or not. A residential building is now popularly known as a religious space because of its basement mosque. S’tha Mchunu visits the place of prayer.

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An Ethiopian mall is born

Exotic colours, smells, clothes and crafts have transformed what used to be a medical centre in the CBD into a traditional Ethiopian shopping centre. Sithandiwe Mchunu explores the 15-storey building in which the culture, traditions and stories of these newcomers exist beside those of longer-standing Jo’burg citizens – making it the vibrant African city that […]

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Building up the inner city

A grey building with high arches stands just across Beyers Naudé Square in downtown Johannesburg. Around the perimeter, there’s fencing and green netting. A makeshift gate has been erected on the side to let the construction workers in, clad in overalls of blue, white and sometimes red. Once you get behind the fence you are […]

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Waste ghosts sweep the streets

A loaded trolley of stacked cardboard is moving up a steep side street. The man pushing the trolley can’t be seen. Only once the trolley has passed, does he become visible. Dressed in a blue overall and leaning forward, head bowed between outstretched arms, his back is bent almost horizontal to push the weight upward. […]

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