Exploring Joburg's Inner City with John Robbie

John Robbie and 702 were invited to take a walking tour of downtown Jo'burg this week and we're excited to share all the gems we found in the heart of this world class city!

You either love it or hate it.

Most people who live in Jo'burg either feel one way or the other about the city, I've met few who are indifferent about it.

Those who have ventured outside of the suburbs into the inner city, drive straight into the Maboneng Precinct, the most popular gentrification project in Johannesburg.

The best part about this morning's walking tour was seeing South Africans from all different walks of life sharing the same space, very much unlike walking through Sandton or Noord Taxi Rank - where interaction is between groups of people who share similar life experiences.

We met our tour guides, a group of Inner City Property Investment Brokers and landlords and lady's at the 100 year old Turret on the corner of Loveday and Marshall Streets.

John was surprised to learn that in the project to revamp the area West of Ghandi Square, situated all along tMain Street are various relics from the early gold-rush days such as covered wagons, stamp presses and headgear from old mine shafts.

Photo: The walk tells the story of the City of Gold's rich mining history with artifacts from the mine's peppering Main Street.

We walked past Chancellor House on Fox Street, where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened their legal firm in the 1950s.

Photo: John Robbie stops for a photo outside Chancellor House on Fox Street in Johannesburg, the location of Mandela and Tambo Attorney's.

The route is rich with South Africa's history and includes the headquarters of some of the world's biggest mining houses.

Photo: The team took a stroll through Anglo American's picturesque headquarters.

We wrapped up back where we started, truly is a world class city! Let us know what your favourite part of Jo'burg via @Radio702 on Twitter.

To see more photos from the tour, have a look at them on our Facebook page here.


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