A few Saturdays ago, I went on what I would describe as a spiritual walk through Jozi city. It was awe-inspiring. I haven’t enough words to describe my experience in detail. But I have hundreds of pictures to try to explain what I went through. (don’t worry I won’t share all of it!)
We all met up at a central place before leaving for the city.
Our hiking group is very informal. With our first hike earlier this year, the idea was formed to do an urban hike. Two sisters, Gillian and Nicole are fellow hikers and suggested we ask their Uncle Roy to facilitate a hike through the city. Uncle Roy loves history and is so passionate about the city. He grew up and schooled in the metropolis and till today lives there. His love for Jozi extremely tangible and contagious.
He briefed us on the plan for the day and you could feel the excitement in the air. Hurriedly we made our way through the streets of Jeppestown. All while Uncle Roy telling us interesting stories about years gone by.
Can be easy to get lost!
And there she was…
Webster was shot dead outside his house by a hit squad of the Civil Cooperation Bureau, a covert government agency. The hit squad was paid R40,000 (at the time, equivalent to about US$8,000) for his murder. Ferdi Barnard, the man who pulled the trigger on the shotgun used, was later tried and found guilty in 1998; he was sentenced to two life terms plus 63 years for a number of crimes, including the murder of Webster. (source: Wikipedia)
After we admired his beautiful house we headed down to Coca Cola Park, home of Ellis Park Stadium.
After a few “Kodak” moments…
We passed through some interesting streets and sights. Including this shop front. It was covered with a photo of a street somewhere in Denmark. The photo looked so real, it looked like the Jozi street vendor was part of it!
Then we headed on to Joubert Park, home of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Uncle Roy arranged a visit to the gallery that was totally fantastic! Here are a few pics:
Be sure to visit the Gallery. It is a definite gem and a good reason to visit the city!
By then, we had been walking almost 3 hours. Our legs were wobbly and we were hungry! Our initial plan was to visit Hillbrow and the Mining District, but there was just too little time.
We left the Gallery and went on our way. These were some of the sights we saw along the way:
Me with my friends, Melonie Karriem and Andrea Abrahams having some fun in the very funky security booth.
We were literally done! We were really jaded but in awe of a great day!
This was the area we covered, more or less.
If you want to contact Uncle Roy for a similar walk, here follows his details:
+27 83 8673158
Also contact me if you want to join us for the next one! It was truly a remarkable day. This was just a drop in the ocean. I still have hundreds of photo’s I haven’t showed you. Thank you Uncle Roy, you outdid yourself!