In­ner-City abuzz with ac­tiv­ity

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

Jo­han­nes­burg, Jo’burg, Jozi, Egoli, The City of Gold – all names given to the largest city in South Africa. Born out of dirt and stub­born­ness, its bustling streets and iconic sky­lines rep­re­sent a world of op­por­tu­nity.

It’s a city of dreams, Jo­han­nes­burg is cap­ti­vated by cul­ture, his­tory and grit. Undi­luted and unadul­ter­ated, Jo­han­nes­burg is Africa con­cen­trated.

Travel into the beat­ing heart of Jo­han­nes­burg – discover the re­ward of de­ter­mi­na­tion. Ex­plore the ur­ban megac­ity which erupted from the earth amongst gold and greed. It’s not a city for sissies – like it’s for­tune, Jo­han­nes­burg favours the brave.

Kitch­en­ers is lo­cated at 71 Juta Street, in the buzzing precinct of Braam­fontein.

While of­fi­cially the sec­ond old­est bar in Jo’burg, founded in 1906 – lo­cals main­tain its fun­da­men­tal open door pol­icy have af­forded Kitch­en­ers the ti­tle of ‘old­est open bar’.

The rus­tic styled venue serves cold beer to lo­cals dur­ing the day and hosts pro­gres­sive mu­sic events at night. This his­tor­i­cal hotspot, lo­cated in heart of Braam­fontein, ser­vices ca­sual drinkers and late-night rev­ellers alike.

A round of drinks won’t cost you more than a cou­ple hun­dred rand. For spe­cific events, the venue some­times charges a nom­i­nal fee at the door. It stays open un­til 4 am, so don’t be shy.

The big­gest and busiest pub­lic mar­ket in Jo’burg’s in­ner-city, the Braam­fontein Neigh­bour­goods Mar­ket is a feast for the senses. Food, drink, and good mu­sic are on the menu every Satur­day, Be sure to ar­rive with an ap­petite for cul­ture and cock­tails.

Ar­guably the site of great­est his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance within Jo­han­nes­burg, if not South Africa, Con­sti­tu­tion Hill orig­i­nally served as a prison and fort in 1892.

The mono­lithic struc­ture has a

Jo­han­nes­burg is cap­ti­vated by cul­ture, his­tory and grit. Undi­luted Jo­han­nes­burg is Africa con­cen­trated.

dark past, re­spon­si­ble for im­pris­on­ing lead­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies who fought against apartheid. So in­fa­mous was its role, the build­ing has been re­ferred to as the ‘The Robben Is­land of Jo­han­nes­burg’.

In an act of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, the build­ing was re­formed to house the ‘flame of democ­racy’ both lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively. The old prison build­ing is now the heart of South Africa’s con­sti­tu­tion.

One the most vi­brant and pro­gres­sive ar­eas of Jo­han­nes­burg’s in­ner-city, the Mabo­neng Precinct, this ur­ban sprawl is en­veloped by the arts.

Cre­ativ­ity is the life-force be­hind Mabo­neng’s buzz, fea­tur­ing restau­rants, cof­fee shops, cloth­ing bou­tiques, art gal­leries, and re­tail and stu­dio spaces.

The re­gen­er­a­tion of this pre­vi­ously derelict precinct is a tes­ta­ment to the pro­gres­sive na­ture of Jo­han­nes­burg. Mabo­neng is the Sotho word for ‘place of light’.

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