[LISTEN] The annual #JoziWalks series is back with 12 exciting walking tours

The annual #JoziWalks series is back.

The series of walking tours are hosted and led by Johannesburg residents who want to help other Joburgers discover the incredible communities found across the city.

Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) acting executive manager: marketing and communications Susan Monyai says there has been a 30% increase in entries this year, resulting in 12 new and exciting walks taking place on 18 and 19 May.

The focus has always been about profiling the people, hence our hosts for the different walks are people that are within the community. For example, we have got a walk that takes place in Turffontein and the guy lives in the area; he went to school in the area. He knows the rich history and the heritage and that is what he will be showcasing.

Susan Monyai, Acting executive manager: Marketing and Communications - JDA

The content, just based on the workshop that we had, it is so rich. I think there will be collaborations going forward, so it is really going to be exciting.

Susan Monyai, Acting executive manager: Marketing and Communications - JDA

One of the walks will take place in Orange Farm, led by Phumla Lurhay. It explores the newly invaded informal settlement, the railway line surrounded by cattle, as well as various dance performances.

Azania spoke to two other hosts selected out of a group of 35 applicants.

Sarah Welham and Flo Bird will lead the Unknown History of Braamfontein Cemetery with Friends of Johannesburg Cemeteries.

The walking tour uncovers the city’s oldest cemetery, its heritage and looks at the graves of heroic figures.

I have always been interested in the history of cemeteries, the stories they tell.

Sarah Welham, Joburg Walks host

What we are going to do on this walk is visit the marginalised areas which haven't had much attention on tours.

Sarah Welham, Joburg Walks host

Bridge Books founder Griffin Shea will take walkers on a tour that explores the Joburg literary district between Fox and Albertina Sisulu streets.

The tour will include a stop at the Rand Club to see the James Findlay Collections, the pedestrian market on Commissioner Street and the Library Gardens.

Right now there is a huge number of booksellers operating in that area who often go unnoticed.

Griffin Shea, Joburg Walks host

In just about 1km of the city there is nearly 80 different booksellers working downtown. Some of them are doing Nigerian exports, we have people selling political memoirs. There is a place where you can buy slap chips and second-hand novels.

Griffin Shea, Joburg Walks host

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