From Brickfields to Newtown

Newtown, renamed in 1904 after a fire ravaged the entire brick-laying Brickfields on what was suspected to a bubonic plaque quenching, is now more than just a home for fisheries and mills; it forms part of the cultural arc, the heart the soul of downtown arts and culture. It was Milner, an English Lord, who led its restructuring to incorporate it to the more modern CBD. The African Museum overlooking Mary Fitzgerald Square which can be lit up from time to time to host a big game or musical concert.

mary fitzgerald square during a game
mary fitzgerald square during a game
during a bafana match..i think we lost
during a bafana match..i think we lost

An interesting thing I saw there recently was a street market; I picked up a second edition of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim Progress, and we met an interesting trader selling fur coats and hats made from hyenas and rabbit fur. They’re not an endangered species, I think it’s a great initiative from him.

a hyena fur coat
a hyena fur coat

The Market Theatre, next to the African Museum, is currently undergoing renovations; we found some time to chill with Mr Kippie Moeketsi, the father of SA jazz, his bronze statue is in front of the Market Theatre.

bra kippie
bra kippie

No day is complete without a good meal; the Gold Mine Cafe on Marshall and Anderson has a humble menu, but the food is really good. The restuarant celebrates the gold mining history of the Johannesburg City with the Anglo Houses just opposite and the Workers Museum a stone throw away. It has a rustic feel and a welcoming staff.

the gold mine cafe
the gold mine cafe
gold mine cafe
gold mine cafe
good food
good food

Happy city trekking!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Wouldn’t mind some hyena fur, honestly…

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    1. Mpho says:

      They felt suprisingly soft, not what I would imagine a hyena fur to feel like. Thanks for visiting 🙂

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