Why Johannesburg is loved by 'hustlers' who now call it home

South Africa's biggest city, Johannesburg, has become home to many people from many diverse countries since the 19th century when it was founded as a gold-mining settlement.

Eusebius McKaiser hosts journalist and author Niq Mhlongo, film critic Hugh Fraser, and writer and musician, Danielle Bowler as they share their fond memories and relationships with the City of Gold.

Mhlongo says the heart of Johannesburg is where people live.

Anybody who hasn't walked through Small Street or taxi ranks has never been to Joburg.

Niq Mhlongo, journalist and author

Fraser says the fact most people came to the city to seek work and opportunities is what makes it different.

We're here for one reason alone, first for gold now to work. And all we have got is each other. So, that's what makes the city the gritty reality that it is.

Hugh Fraser, film critic

Bowler says there is so much happening in the city that people don't know about.

She notes that people's experiences tend to depend on their privilege and luck.

In Johannesburg, if you are lucky enough, you can choose your own adventure.

Danielle Bowler, writer and musician

There is no real very prescriptive narrative in a way I feel in Cape Town.

Danielle Bowler, writer and musician

I feel like if you are on different streets in Johannesburg in the same space, you can have a very different experience of it.

Danielle Bowler, writer and musician

Listeners called in and shared nostalgic memories of places like Braamfontein, Yeoville and Coronationville in the 1970s and 80s.

It was often the only place that black and white South Africans came together to share music at some of the famous night spots during the apartheid era.

Listen to the audio below for more insights...

See some of the tweets from listeners below...

Read More
Residents fail to keep 15% target- Joburg Water

Residents fail to keep 15% target- Joburg Water

Joburg Water spokesperson, Hilgard Matthews, says residents have failed to keep the 15% target for saving water following rains.

We're not trying to leave the poor stranded, says City of Joburg

We're not trying to leave the poor stranded, says City of Joburg

It's alleged homeless people are comprising the city's infrastructure which is leading to extreme flooding in parts of the metro.

Over R14 million unpaid traffic fines due to licensing centre corruption

Over R14 million unpaid traffic fines due to licensing centre corruption

City of Johannesburg has suspended 70 employees working at the Metro's licensing centres for alleged corruption.

Arresting 106 dodgy licensing officials just the beginning - Mashaba

Arresting 106 dodgy licensing officials just the beginning - Mashaba

Over 100 corrupt Joburg licensing officials will be arrested, explains Herman Mashaba who says it's just the tip of the iceberg.

Vaal Dam levels increase by 5.2%

Vaal Dam levels increase by 5.2%

Department of Water and Sanitation says recent rains have increased the Vaal Dam levels but more is still needed.

Jozi@Work is not permanent employment - City of Joburg

Jozi@Work is not permanent employment - City of Joburg

City of Joburg explains why Jozi@Work employee contracts were not extended saying project is not designed to hire permanently.

FNB still mum on the heist while a second branch gets hit

FNB still mum on the heist while a second branch gets hit

Hawks are investigating a second FNB robbery in Joburg, meanwhile, those affected have set up ‘FNB Heist Victims’ Facebook group.

About 500 000 kiloliters wasted water from massive Joburg burst pipe

About 500 000 kiloliters wasted water from massive Joburg burst pipe

Houses and cars were flooded when a huge pipe burst in Bassonia in the south of Johannesburg.

Motorist caught doing 239km/h on Joburg's R21

Motorist caught doing 239km/h on Joburg's R21

Gauteng's traffic police say that those who break the rules of the road will have to deal with the consequences.

R60 million counterfeit goods haul in Jhb CBD police swoop

R60 million counterfeit goods haul in Jhb CBD police swoop

Joburg CBD was brought to a standstill when police searched 120 shops during phase one of the search and seizure joint operation.

City of Joburg ordered to restore security boom gates

City of Joburg ordered to restore security boom gates

Residents win a case against City after it took down booms saying residents didn't comply with procedures for security access.

City of Johannesburg to remove illegal boom gates

City of Johannesburg to remove illegal boom gates

The City says some residents to do not comply with the procedures set out for security access restrictions.

Celebrating Joburg's 130th birthday at Museum Africa

Celebrating Joburg's 130th birthday at Museum Africa

Celebrations are underway at Museum Africa as Johannesburg celebrates 130 years.

Meet a melting pot of Joburgers through a camera lens

Meet a melting pot of Joburgers through a camera lens

Photographer Shayne Robinson shares people of Joburg's stories through photos, videos and storytelling.

Exploring Joburg's Inner City with John Robbie

Exploring Joburg's Inner City with John Robbie

John Robbie took a walking tour of downtown Jo'burg this week & was even more convinced that this is indeed a world class city!

While Joburg basks in Rough Guide glory, Tzaneen grabs a new travel spotlight!

While Joburg basks in Rough Guide glory, Tzaneen grabs a new travel spotlight!

Joburg may top of the pops for The Rough Guides but it's lesser known Tzaneen which holds tourism appeal for millennials.

Popular articles
Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

ANC branch in the Eastern Cape, Z.R Mahabana, has launched a campaign backing Lindiwe Sisuslu as an ANC presidential candidate.

Kay Sexwale denies involvement in ANC 'War Room' saga

Kay Sexwale denies involvement in ANC 'War Room' saga

Sexwale says she advises the provincial not national ANC.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Bylaws, times you may use fireworks

Bylaws, times you may use fireworks

City of Johannesburg has urged residents to respect by-laws and the times set for fireworks to be used.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?