Johannesburg: The New York of South Africa

The question: ‘Why did you come to Johannesburg?’ is the most heard question living in Joburg and being a foreigner. “You come from the Netherlands, we want to go there! Why on earth would you coming to Johannesburg? And why not Cape Town?”

The answer is always the same: Because Johannesburg is such a cool city. There is so much energy, positive developments are taking place everywhere, and there is so much to do! Have you been to this new place in …(fill in the blanks)? Continue reading

Living in downtown is becoming cool again

Downtown Johannesburg. A lot of Johannesburgers still don’t like to go there. Our former landlord actually said; don’t go downtown if you don’t have to. But there are so many places downtown that a worth exploring. I have just started.

A little bit of history to understand how downtown became a no-go zone for a long time. Since 1994, the end of Apartheid, people were free to live where they wanted to live. For a lot of the black population of Johannesburg that meant not in the townships. So they moved to the CBD, containing the wealthy areas of Braamfontein, New Town and Hillbrow and nobody could do anything against deterioration of these areas.

Foto of downtown JHB

Downtown JHB (By: A postcard a day)

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The safest thing to do in Joburg

Safety is the most important thing in Johannesburg, it is even more important than a waterproof roof.”It doesn’t matter if you live in a mansion or in a township, safety is number one.” This is what I’ve heard from a man helping me to move into our new house. You can fix your roof, but you can’t change the surroundings. It is a typical view on living in Joburg, which I have found not to be true. Continue reading