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.
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.
Statue of a Bosotho man at Newtown Junction
Statue of its namesake in front of the original Kippies Jazz Club
A child playing on a statue of Walter and Albertina Sisulu in Diagonal Street, Johannesburg
Fresh produce at The Sheds @ 1 Fox Street
The Sheds @ 1 Fox Street
Earrings for sale
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.