Tag Archives: CBD

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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Plaiting hair and peddling pills

Plaiting hair and peddling pills

Despite abortion being legal in South Africa, women in Johannesburg and elsewhere still opt for illegal procedures. The easiest method seems to be  buying abortion pills sold on the streets in the city centre.

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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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A street gambler's story

A street gambler’s story

Although Thapelo is only 20 years’ old, gambling is a part of his daily routine. He talks about illegal gambling in the Johannesburg CBD and shares his experiences.

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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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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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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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