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Old July 18th, 2012, 01:41 PM   #1841
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Bravo Waltjie! Out of about 30 cool photos of Joburg, you found the one of them that has a run down building in it...and commented on it.
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Old July 18th, 2012, 02:48 PM   #1842
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Lol, there must be a medical term for such behaviour. I don't think he does it on purpose though...
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Old July 18th, 2012, 04:25 PM   #1843
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Laden, you are not wrong there! But something nice. If we took all of Sandton's new buildings and transplanted them to the Joburg CBD, they would fade into oblivion.... What it needs is an iconic, taller than anything else built in Africa, beautiful tower that gives it a new signature.. much like Hillbrow Tower and Nelson Mandela Bridge have acted as signature features to Jozi..
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Old July 18th, 2012, 07:21 PM   #1844
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I don't think he does it on purpose though...
Sometimes I do.
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 10:15 PM   #1845
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 10:48 PM   #1846
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Old September 24th, 2012, 12:45 PM   #1847
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Old September 24th, 2012, 01:20 PM   #1848
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Old September 25th, 2012, 09:32 PM   #1849
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Howzit boet!
You have such amazing pics from my beloved hometown city, itīs great to check how the CBD has been developing & people have been going back...!
Just wanted 2 ask u something, I belong 2 a group of SAFAīs in Facebook, that keep track of whatīs going on Jozi, I was wondering if u wud let me use some of these lovely pics, on our forum album?
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Old September 26th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #1850
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An old photo, from an old book, from the good old days.

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Old September 26th, 2012, 09:24 PM   #1851
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Can't use that term man, you'll get in trouble
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Old September 27th, 2012, 09:35 AM   #1852
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Why the fuss over terms like "the good old days?" Giving credit to the Apartheid government over their ability to manage a booming CBD doesn't make one a supporter of Apartheid. It's merely an appreciation of urbanity...something that lead to most of us joining this website in the first place. It's just a pity that all of SA couldn't benefit from the few good elements of the government back then.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 10:06 AM   #1853
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Lydon, it's easier to manage a city with minority rule since a huge chunk of the population will provide very cheap labour and have no one to stand for them, movement can be regulated and their is less politics. All former colonies all over the world will appear to have been performing better economically than they are now but that notion is quite misleading - it's easier to satisfy a smaller number of people you know.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 10:32 AM   #1854
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Lydon, it's easier to manage a city with minority rule since a huge chunk of the population will provide very cheap labour and have no one to stand for them, movement can be regulated and their is less politics. All former colonies all over the world will appear to have been performing better economically than they are now but that notion is quite misleading - it's easier to satisfy a smaller number of people you know.
Of course! I don't disagree with that in the slightest But the point I'm trying to make is that - for whatever reasons - the Johannesburg CBD used to be a far more pleasant place to live and work (albeit for a minority). In terms of city management, the Apartheid government did many things right, and that is something that can be appreciated without remotely condoning Apartheid (especially by members of this site in particular).

The ANC was given a very good base to work from, and it is a pity that the rot was allowed to set in as opposed to everyone benefiting from a CBD that was kept thriving post-Apartheid.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #1855
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Absolutely right Lydon. I think no one's here to say that the Apartheid government was a bastion of good will and hope. But we should acknowledge that they did have a far superior capability of governing the city/country from a administrative point of view.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 06:00 PM   #1856
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Howzit boet!
You have such amazing pics from my beloved hometown city, itīs great to check how the CBD has been developing & people have been going back...!
Just wanted 2 ask u something, I belong 2 a group of SAFAīs in Facebook, that keep track of whatīs going on Jozi, I was wondering if u wud let me use some of these lovely pics, on our forum album?
Keep me posted!
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Not sure if you're referring to my pictures?
If you are then knock yourself out.
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Plus there is an awesome Johannesburg group on there as well.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 09:44 PM   #1857
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So bored. Generaal waltjie and immertia... I remember the good old days on this forum before you guys started trolling for attention. The good old days. When the apartheid government deliberately disinvested in public transport (this lead to financial woes to almost all department stores in the cbd as car commuters flocked to faux european shopping palaces on the outskirts). When the good old gov demolished countless heritage structures in Parktown to build a behemoth concrete hospital - to show the souties what it thought of their herbert bakers. The good days, where unsustainable urban practices flourished, fake republics had to be funded, english daily newspapers subsidised to propagate the truth to the liberals. Poor madonna was banned. Those good days where jan smuts was about as appealing as PE international. Where whites could sip coffee in the koffiehuis while the tuinbooi looked after the gardens. The days where the comfort of a few outweighed the benefits of a majority. Those were the days where the broederbond ran small towns. Where you could only get a promotion if you were a dopper. The days where every politician (of the right affiliation) had a house in hermanus and a gamefarm. At least Johannesburg had a hotel with patio furniture. Yes. Hooray! To the two fat trolls. Please please please divorce joburg. Your comments are increasingly snotty, negative and repetative.
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Old September 28th, 2012, 11:24 AM   #1858
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Old September 28th, 2012, 02:34 PM   #1859
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Some random pics taken this week.

I am sure everyone knows this building. It is right by Nelson Mandela Bridge on Jorrisen and Juta, and has been covered in ad wrap for ages. The French institute moved into the lower levels of this 6 floor building, the top three floors found a tenant and they are busy with the renovation.


The park at the Civic


Jumped into the Rea Vaya bus at this point. A really cheap way to see the city and take pictures!


New little cafe across from Liberty in Ameshoff street. This is part of a renovated apartment block on the corner of Ameshoff and Jorrisen, right by the Eland.


Looking towards Braamies from the bridge




WAM, and afternoon traffic
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Old September 28th, 2012, 02:52 PM   #1860
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Some reflections on my late night bus ride. I decided to take the Gautrain to Park. Here I paid R4.50 to jump on the Rea Vaya bus, which took me on a loop through Braamfontein, past Constitution Hill, through Hillbrow and Joubert Park, Noord Street and finally down Commissioner (I got off at the gym at the Southern Life Centre). From here I walked to FNB Campus, and jumped on a Gautrain bus back to park. It was nice to experience the city on foot after sunset - especially with most people still on their way back after a day's work (so the city was super busy - as supposed to the desolation that sets in after 7pm).

Commissioner street was quite littered after the shoppers/commuters left. As soon as you cross over Rissik its actually quite clean. Noord street is quite an experience from the BRT bus! And those narrow little alleys in Hillbrow means that you sit in the bus, with a shopfront selling cellphones less than a meter away. You would be able to buy stuff from these shops while sitting in the bus at the Hillbrow Bathhouse.
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