#JOZIWALKS aims to give voice to peo­ple of the city

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#JOZIWALKS is a se­ries of free, walk­ing tours ini­ti­ated in May 2017 by the Jo­han­nes­burg De­vel­op­ment Agency (JDA) in part­ner­ship with lo­cal com­mu­nity ac­tivists, tourism en­trepreneurs, walk­ing tour op­er­a­tors, and the Jo­han­nes­burg Her­itage Foun­da­tion.

The project is sup­ported by Joburg Pho­towalk­ers and Jo­han­nes­burg In Your Pocket City Guide.

Over the space of two days, from June 24 to 25, 13 walk­ing tours will set off across Joburg in the suburbs of Brix­ton, Fi­etas, New­town, Hill­brow, Sophi­a­town, Diep­sloot, Or­chards, Or­ange Grove, La Rochelle, No­ord­ge­sig, Or­lando East, Yeoville and Alexan­dra. Some are al­ready booked out,

The aim of #JoziWalks is to give a voice to the peo­ple who live in the city’s com­mu­ni­ties and present a per­sonal take on the cul­ture, so­cial his­tory and de­vel­op­ment of the city’s dif­fer­ent neigh­bour­hoods. #JoziWalks also aims to get more Joburg­ers onto the streets to en­gage with their neigh­bours.

Prior book­ing is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial for each walk. Book­ings can be made by email­ing the or­gan­iser of each walk di­rectly. More de­tailed de­scrip­tions of ev­ery walk can be found on the Walk My Jozi Face­book page.

The first #JoziWalks week­end pro­gramme runs as fol­lows: Satur­day June 24 • The Youth Con­nec­tor Tour with the Coloured Cube:

This tour takes place at the Windy­brow Arts Cen­tre and is ex­clu­sively for young peo­ple aged 15 to 25 who live in Alexan­dra, Hill­brow, Jeppestown and Diep­sloot (trans­port will be ar­ranged). Con­tact the or­gan­is­ers The Coloured Cube at:info@the­coloured­cube.co.za

• The Sof’town Ur­ban Ex­pe­ri­ence with Sophi­a­town The Mix: A guided walk through Sophi­a­town, tak­ing in the story of life in the neigh­bour­hood be­fore and af­ter the forced re­movals of 1955. It starts at 11am. Con­tact the walk or­gan­iser Tshepo Let­soalo from Sophi­a­town The Mix at: tshepo@sophi­a­town­themix.com

• New­town with Anthea Moys and the Coloured Cube

Join Anthea Moys and The Coloured Cube for a walk, run and dance through the in­ner city neigh­bour­hood of New­town. Starts at 4.45pm. Con­tact the walk or­gan­iser Anthea Moys at: Anthea.moys@gmail. com

• La Rochelle with Tsica Her­itage Con­sul­tants

A cul­tural walk through his­toric La Rochelle in south Joburg look­ing at the area’s multi-cul­tural im­mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties and its many her­itage build­ings. The tour ends with a lunch of typ­i­cal west African and Por­tuguese dishes. Starts at 10am

Con­tact the walk or­gan­is­ers Ju­dith Muin­disi and Monika Läuferts le Roux of Tsica Her­itage Con­sul­tants at: tsica.cul­tur­al­her­itage@gmail. com. Note this tour is now fully booked.

• Diep­sloot with Black Bite Pro­duc­tions

A walk through Diep­sloot with lo­cal film­mak­ers, Black Bite Pro­duc­tions, pay­ing vis­its to in­spi­ra­tional com­mu­nity projects that are work­ing to change the wider pub­lic im­age of Diep­sloot for the bet­ter. Starts at 11am. Con­tact the walk or­gan­iser Lucky Nkali of Black Bite Pro­duc­tions at: black­biteprod@gmail.com

• Alexan­dra Town­ship of Rhythm with Khavho Travel and Tours

A his­tory walk around Alexan­dra, one of the old­est town­ships in South Africa, in­clud­ing a visit to the new Nel­son Man­dela Her­itage Cen­tre. Starts at 13:00. Con­tact the walk or­gan­iser Rachel Phasha of Khavho Travel and Tours at: khavho.tours@gmail.com or rphasha@khavho.co.za Sun­day June 25 • Alexan­dra com­mu­nity walk with Joe’s Butch­ery

Join Joe’s Butch­ery, one of the most fa­mous shisa nyama restau­rants in Alexan­dra, for a com­mu­nity walk through the streets of old Alex. Starts at 12 noon. Con­tact the walk or­gan­iser Wil­liam Mathe­bula at: b.bhengu@icloud.com

• Or­lando East with the James Mpanza Legacy Foun­da­tion

A walk through Or­lando East, the old­est sub­urb in Soweto. In par­tic­u­lar the tour looks at the legacy of James Mpanza, con­sid­ered the “Fa­ther of Soweto”. Starts at 12:00. Con­tact the walk or­gan­iser Tshenolo Mokhele at: kwakhangela@gmail.com

• No­ord­ge­sig, Soweto with Place Mat­ters

A guided, his­tory walk through the Sowe­tan sub­urb of No­ord­ge­sig, one of South Africa’s old­est so-called coloured town­ships and the home of nu­mer­ous anti-apartheid strug­gle stal­warts. Starts at 10:00. Con­tact the walk or­gan­iser Jac­ques Stoltz of Place Mat­ters at: jac­ques@place­mat­ters.co.za

Fol­low #JoziWalks on­line on:

Face­book – https://www. face­book.com/joziwalks/

Twit­ter – https://twit­ter. com/joziwalks

Instagram – https://www. instagram.com/joziwalks/

Get Joburg­ers onto the streets to en­gage with neigh­bours.

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