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Money, smoke and magic

Johannesburg is an assortment of people on the hustle – from those climbing the high-powered corporate ladder to entrepreneurs who make the city their playground to those who eke out an existence on its streets. Watch one of these hustlers work his magic in this video. Introducing “Cobra”: a magician who claims to be the […]

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Child’s play

Children’s muscles and cognitive skills can only be developed through play. This clip discusses five different types of play children need to obtain maximum development so  they don’t struggle in their teenage years and in adulthood. For the accompanying story, click the following link: http://journalism.co.za/indepth/jozicity/?p=299

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Taxi drivers roll the dice

Gambling is part of  Joburg’s 24-hour hustle. This world of risk and cunning behaviour is sometimes the only thing that puts bread on the table for many families. Here’s a look into this lucrative “corner office”. Music: Courtesy Kabelo Mabalane — Amasheleni   Voiceover: Amogelang Mbatha   Produced by : Amogelang Mbatha

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A walk in the park

In the blink of an eye, the shutter in his camera comes down and a street photographer in Joubert Park makes a buck. Competition is high between these men and they believe their business is dying with the rise of camera phones and low-cost digital printing. Varrie Hluzani talks about being on the other side of the camera.

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The back door to Bree taxi rank

They hoot insistently, stop without warning and speed off, leaving havoc and dust in their wake. Taxis are often considered the “outlaws” of the roads ­- yet behind this bravado lies one of the most organised industries in the country, taking in millions of rands annually and recently expanding operations to gain a slice of […]

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Finding the balance for children in the city

Children living in the inner city are not offered a wide variety of sports at their schools, but they are discovering new play spaces and games and creating opportunities to play in between the time spent at school and fulfilling their responsibilities at home. Elsina Nhacule (12) attends Fordsburg Primary and lives with her mechanic […]

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Playing it by eye

There is a park in the central business district where a group of men sit and wait, watching as people enter or leave the area. This is Joubert Park, with its fearsome reputation for criminal activity. These men are keeping an eye out for potential targets, scanning each person as they pass, wanting their money. […]

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A boxer’s dream survives the streets

 He gets up to train at 5am. Two-and-a-half hours a day, six days a week. Thud, thud, punch, punch; wrapped fists on a punch bag; the sound of shuffling feet on concrete; the rhythmic sound of heavy weights being lifted. The first hours of the day are the ones 25-year-old Tyson relishes most. It’s when […]

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