Just Joburg: Newtown

In April 1904, Burghersdorp, Johannesburg was burnt to the ground – supposedly because of a threat of the bubonic plague – and from its ashes, Newtown was born.

The original park station platform relocated to Newtown
The original park station platform relocated to Newtown

Lodged between the CBD and Fordsburg, Newtown has been reinventing its hustling bustling self throughout, for better or worse, over the decades. In the process, it has managed to retain diverse bits and pieces of its heritage, making it a unique colourful, cultural, lively part of the city.

One of the things I enjoy most about Newtown is the contrast between old and new with stunning, modern structures staring down at old, run down – but still functional – buildings right across the street.

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Corridor of vendors at Bree Street taxi rank
Corridor of vendors at Bree Street taxi rank
Bree Street taxi rank where thousands of mini bus taxis provide service to commuters
Bree Street taxi rank where thousands of mini bus taxis provide service to commuters
Shops in Newtown
Shops in Newtown
Graffiti on the walls of a run down building
Graffiti on the walls of a run down building
Turbine Hall - one of Johannesburg original power stations, now an office com
Turbine Hall – one of Johannesburg original power stations, now an office and event complex
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