Minting It | Trading on Mint Street

A look at the various forms of (formal and informal) business and trade on and around Joburg’s Mint street

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Mint Street | An Introduction

We return to our “Joburg Streets” series with an introductory post about Mint street, the heartbeat of Fordsburg.

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Last week Tuesday, Urban Joburg hosted a CityAfrika discussion on public transport in Joburg. Facilitated by former MMC for Transport in the City of Johannesburg, Rehana Moosajee, the discussion surprised us by the amount of positive energy and passion for public transport in the city. People are desperate for public transport to work effectively in the city, and there are similarly of concerns expressed about public transport.
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Last week Tuesday, Urban Joburg hosted a CityAfrika discussion on public transport in Joburg. Facilitated by former MMC for Transport in the City of Johannesburg, Rehana Moosajee, the discussion surprised us by the amount of positive energy and passion for public transport in the city. People are desperate for public transport to work effectively in the city, and there are similarly of concerns expressed about public transport.

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Guy Trangos Contributes on the value of architectural heritage in Johannesburg.This follows news of an addition to Radoma Court in Yeoville, one of the finest examples of International Style Modernism in Joburg. "We should try to preserve as many old buildings as we possibly can, given that cities are remarkable places to be in and experience precisely because they are dense sites of significant mixed cultural and historical heritage. This doesn’t mean that cities should remain static and unresponsive to the changing needs of society. Cities cannot be fixed in time, but the few architecture gems Johannesburg has should be better protected. These should not necessarily turned into empty museums to architecture, but rather repaired and preserved as best as possible, while still fulfilling their functions.”Read more here:http://www.urbanjoburg.com/radoma-court-rescue/See this update from the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=838820992798781&id=586636158017267) for photos of the addition.

Guy Trangos Contributes on the value of architectural heritage in Johannesburg.

This follows news of an addition to Radoma Court in Yeoville, one of the finest examples of International Style Modernism in Joburg. 

"We should try to preserve as many old buildings as we possibly can, given that cities are remarkable places to be in and experience precisely because they are dense sites of significant mixed cultural and historical heritage. This doesn’t mean that cities should remain static and unresponsive to the changing needs of society. Cities cannot be fixed in time, but the few architecture gems Johannesburg has should be better protected. These should not necessarily turned into empty museums to architecture, but rather repaired and preserved as best as possible, while still fulfilling their functions.”

Read more here:http://www.urbanjoburg.com/radoma-court-rescue/

See this update from the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=838820992798781&id=586636158017267) for photos of the addition.

Democracy, Diversity and Community

In this post, the third in our “Democratic Joburg @ 20″ series, we take a closer look at the fostering of democracy and difference in and through Joburg’s many cultural communities.

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As Johannesburg’s history shows, the city provoked extreme responses from the very beginning, since the gold-mining camp became an official municipality in September 1886. Reflecting on developments around 1896, English observer William Butler displaced the already popular epithet ‘golden city’ with the disparaging label: ‘Monte Carlo on top of Sodom and Gomorrah’… The designation ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ may be out of date, but Butler’s quip shows that the notion of dirty secrets beneath glittering surfaces is as old as the hills, or the Witwatersrand ridge.
Loren Kruger, ‘Imagining the Edgy City: Writing, Performing, and Building Johannesburg’ (Oxford University Press, 2013: 3)

Greening Democracy

The next post in our Democratic Joburg @ 20 series, looking at democracy in Joburg’s green leisure spaces.

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Happy Freedom Day!Today, we begin a new series of posts under the rubric ‘Democratic Joburg @ 20’.In our first post, we look at Joburg’s democratic spaces, looking at how over the past twenty years there has been a concerted effort to create democratic space in the city. We look at the value created by Walter Sisulu (Kliptown) Square, Constitution Hill as well as Beyers Naude Square."… perhaps because of our history, we are lucky as Joburgers to generally have a keen understanding of how space can and should facilitate rights. On this day, we should be mindful of how far the city has come, as well as how far the city always needs to go in creating and sustaining true democratic spaces."Read more here: http://www.urbanjoburg.com/joburgs-democratic-spaces/

Happy Freedom Day!

Today, we begin a new series of posts under the rubric ‘Democratic Joburg @ 20’.

In our first post, we look at Joburg’s democratic spaces, looking at how over the past twenty years there has been a concerted effort to create democratic space in the city. We look at the value created by Walter Sisulu (Kliptown) Square, Constitution Hill as well as Beyers Naude Square.

"… perhaps because of our history, we are lucky as Joburgers to generally have a keen understanding of how space can and should facilitate rights. On this day, we should be mindful of how far the city has come, as well as how far the city always needs to go in creating and sustaining true democratic spaces."

Read more here: http://www.urbanjoburg.com/joburgs-democratic-spaces/

In our second look at the #GoGauteng public transport app launched during the course of last week, we ask who is responsible for the generation of public transport information. 
We ask this question in response to the fact that public transport information in the Gauteng city-region is sorely lacking, and where it IS available, this has largely been at the instance of private citizens with a passion for the city - such as, for example, the map below of the matatu network in Nairobi.
We note in concluding how the failure of the City and/or the Province to adequately maintain public goods means that the private sector steps in to fill the void. The city then evolves into a mesh of privatised social goods, and those public goods that are NOT privatised end up as spaces that despite being used by people, are nevertheless wilted in their dynamism.

In our second look at the #GoGauteng public transport app launched during the course of last week, we ask who is responsible for the generation of public transport information. 

We ask this question in response to the fact that public transport information in the Gauteng city-region is sorely lacking, and where it IS available, this has largely been at the instance of private citizens with a passion for the city - such as, for example, the map below of the matatu network in Nairobi.

We note in concluding how the failure of the City and/or the Province to adequately maintain public goods means that the private sector steps in to fill the void. The city then evolves into a mesh of privatised social goods, and those public goods that are NOT privatised end up as spaces that despite being used by people, are nevertheless wilted in their dynamism.