Joburg: Look how far we’ve come

Not only is it a place to work, but Joburg has also become a place where one can play.

The city has accrued a vibrant young crowd due to its festivities, attractions and ongoing development.

Firstly, Newtown was a racially-mixed working class business district where bricks were manufactured but has now become the go-to area for all things cultural or artsy. Whether you’re looking for a cool concert to attend at The Bassline, or a play showcasing South Africa’s history at the Market Theatre, Newtown is the place.


Braamfontein, which was originally a farm that stretched from Westdene in the west right down to the bottom of Newtown back in 1853, has become the business district in Johannesburg and the centre of the vibe of the city. The central suburb has a little something for everyone, from restaurants which cater for the whole family, a little clubbing for the dancers, shopping for the stylists, arts for the creatives and quiet cafes for business meetings.

Photo: Marc Latilla


The [email protected] is a market located in Ferreirastown and was previously an abandoned warehouse which was used as storage by the mining industry has now been transformed to being one of the best markets in town.

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