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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy city trekking!