Every week sitting in court waiting for your turn, you listen to hundreds of eviction applications, and you are likely to see at least 20 people sitting in the gallery trying to stop the situation from happening or at least another 20 people protesting outside, because they say they’ve been paying their rental etc. (A lot of the time it’s true: they have, and the person they were paying it to, has disappeared with the money, or doesn’t pay it to the landlord).
One element of an eviction application is that the City of Johannesburg has to be cited as a party to the proceedings, in order for the City to state whether or not it has adequate places for the people to move or be moved to, in order to fulfil or give effect to the constitutional right to housing . Most of the time the City will state that it doesn’t have buildings or places for people to live, which then makes the following REALLY interesting :
There is an artist/activist (or probably a huge bunch of artists) going around central Jozi doing this ^^^.
Using water soluble paint, the artists are protesting the abuse of resources (particularly buildings) in the Johannesburg CBD by using art interventions to LITERALLY highlight the fact that there are a WHOLE BUNCH of potentially usable buildings that have been standing abandoned and derelict, which could be refurbished to give people places to live, but instead are going to be flattened into a place for people to park. That sucks. (The parking lots I mean…,) in light of the current housing problems in Jozi.
The art itself is an incredible way to point out to everyone how wasteful we’re being, and how warped our priorities are.
The view from 10 floors up at my favourite place to watch the World Cup - The Skyline Fanclub in Braamfontein., 17 Wolmarans Street.
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Dear International Brands coming to South Africa:
South Africa is an incredibly beautiful and very diverse country - we have a bit of everyone from everywhere in the world here, and we’re proud of it.
When you send over your marketing campaigns, make sure it reflects the market you’re getting into. And yes, I know you might target certain income brackets etc, but hey, guess what, in South Africa, that’s pretty diverse too.
Please don’t send us the homogeneous and monotonous stuff, it makes you look as if you know nothing about the market you’re getting into so it makes you look a bit daft.
So yesterday my friend and I went to this exhibition. It is heavy but DO NOT MISS IT - MAKE SURE YOU GO AND CHECK IT OUT. It’s at the Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg. It was amazing!
I learned SOOO much, for example, I didnt know that South Africa had 4 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates (I knew about Pres’ Mandela and De Klerk, and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, but I didnt know that Chief Albert Luthuli had also won a Peace Prize).
The other interesting thing was this quote from Nelson Mandela from a conversation that he was having with Walter Sisulu where he talked about the period around when the National Party won the elections, and that he (Mandela) and Sisulu had hardly spoken or prepared for the NP winning the elections because they hadn’t expected it, which got me wondering about who else was running in that set of elections, coz I had no idea.
The exhibition also got me thinking about a conversation I was having at work. Someone was talking about having recently appeared in the Botswana Supreme Court, and how the quality of the Judges, and the law practiced was better than the Judges and quality of law currently being practiced in South Africa. Fine, compare the two; maybe he’s right. In fact, he probably is.
BUT, the MAJOR factor which I feel this person failed to take into account, the reasoning as to why the South African system (or it’s practice) is ‘defective’, was the itty-bitty factor of Apartheid which Botswana didnt go through.
Firstly I want to pause at this point say that I hope you get that I’m being sarcastic, obviously Apartheid is not an itty-bitty thing. Secondly, I don’t care if you are tired of people saying “Apartheid is over, get over it/stop blaming everything on Apartheid”. Thirdly, I am not discounting the fact that Botswana was affected by Apartheid, as was every other country on the continent (to whom we owe a MAJOR THANK YOU, seriously guys, how do we not get this???).
Back to my point - this dude who was speaking -and so many other people actually- failed to grasp the supreme architecture, construction and social engineering that went into Apartheid. They all seem to be under the impression that ‘94 was like switching on a light and that everything would be fine and go back to ‘normal’, whatever that is supposed to mean.
They fail/ed to grasp that when you create a structure that meticulously seeks to paralyse generations of people, that it has generational consequences. In short, people are stupid to think that Apartheid has ended. Maybe by ‘law’ it has, but by psychology, politics, economics, sociology, education, it hasn’t.
You think you know things,even basics. But you don’t. Go and learn. Do everything you can to help. Be grateful for living in South Africa, and make every effort to prove that you deserve to be here.
Last night I went to the K.Dot concert with 3 of my closest friends (shout out Clique) and it was AMAZING!!! It gets a little exhausting waiting for 5 hours for the main act, but he was totally worth it and the South African acts who opened were awesome. Sometimes I feel a little guilty going to these kind of shows when I’m not a stan and I only know a few songs, but then at the same time I figure that if you’re gonna listen to or learn about the music, hearing it live performed by the artist is the best way to go right?
Awesome Friends x Awesome City = Awesome Party.
One of my epic friends totally hooked me up with a ticket to the #unitejoburg Adidas party on Friday night.
I was initially a bit torn because the headline act is a boss called Danny Brown. Everyone around me has been going mad - I’m not even gonna front; up until Wednesday, I had no idea who he was, and I always feel bad going to these gigs when there are mad fans, coz I feel like a fake, but then I get over it and I console myself with the fact that I’m going to hear new things, learn about new music, and have a new experience - what better way to hear new stuff then fresh from the artist live?? (plus I googled him so I feel mildly schooled).
The rest of the line up is RIDICULOUS!!
Kat La Kat
The Watermark High
Scrambles 4 Money
it’s gonna be such a jomp!!!
Thank you Joburg.
Thank you Conner-Varin for the photo, and,
THANK YOU ADIDAS IN ADVANCE!!
Cassper Nyovest feat. Okmalumkoolkat - Gusheshe
Night of 1000 Drawings 2013 Edition.
- 7th November 2013
- Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown.
- R30 at the door, or R22 presale on webtickets.
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Night of a 1000Drawings is a one-night-only, massive inner-city art sale that raises funds for deserving causes.
Buyers will be spoilt for choice with doodles, scribbles, sketches, watercolour and oil paintings, experimental and conceptual works, all on sale and going for a song. At R100 a piece, you could get your hands on a one-of-a-kind, original work by one of tomorrow’s big stars.
The exhibition is followed by Doodle and Graffiti Battles, as well as the hottest up-and-coming live acts in Jozi.
band line up includes
I was having a conversation earlier this afternoon with a friend of mine, about cinema’s in Joburg, particularly open air ones. When the weather in Joburg is awesome, it’s awesome, aint nothing bad about it, and I often find that people here are always looking for places to be able to hang out, outside, at night.
Unless you have the *luxury* of having a garden, or living in the type of place which affords you the safety to be outside at night, you kinda miss Jozi evening awesome’ness.
If I won the lotto I’d just buy up pieces of land and set up night parks for people to be able to sit and hold hands and read books and eat ice-cream in (someone wanna give me some doe?)
What I was discussing with this friend in particular though, were drive-ins…Now if you’re not a 90’s-or-before kid, you might not know what a drive-in is.
The first thing you need to know is that they were epic.
Drive-ins were outdoor cinemas, where for R50 or so bucks, per car (so you could fill your car with as many friends as possible, no matter what size car), you could drive into this huge parking lot, and sit and watch two movies (TWO), either in camp chairs, or in your car, and then the sound would be played either on these metal walkie-talkie type things which would clip to your car window, or, you could listen to the movie via your car radio.
You would pack a picnic, or get take-aways, and just chill and do what you wanted. No-one to tell you to shush coz you laughed too loud, and no super expensive popcorn and coke that ended up being more expensive than the actual movie ticket. For a lot of parents it was awesome coz the little kids would just sleep in the car, and you wouldn’t have to worry about crying babies.
My best memories are going out in my pajamas (coz you know when you’re under 10, a matching pajama set makes you an automatic BAUSS) with my blanket, chilling watching movies with my bro in the back of the car, or going to the tuck shop during the break between the movies (still in my bauss pajamas), and buying bonus sweets, checking out all the other kids in their pajamas.
The last drive-in that I know of in Jozi, or at least the one we would always go to, Velskoen, closed down a year or two ago…TOTAL BLEAKAGE.
There’s an event coming up in Marks Park on the 16th November where they’re setting up an inflatable drive-in, and showing about 8 short films for R250 per car. The organisers are called "Short & Sweet Joburg", and the event is called Full Moon Drive-In Cinema. I don’t know how easy it’s gonna be to watch films with a full moon, but it sounds like it’s gonna be epic. Click on the links for more info about the event or the event organisers, and the T’s & C’s for the event.
Man I feel bad for kids these days…Maybe if I win the lotto I’ll set up a drive-in instead…
I know you guys would be salty and hella upset if I didn’t tell you :
This Saturday November 2, 2013 Chaff Pozi Idris Elba will be doing his dj thang! General Admin 100 VIP 200 6PM until late. Ladies Free Before 9PM. Proceeds go to Africa Rising Foundation.
Do the right thing : Tell A Friend.
So last week I was starving after finishing up at Court but I have weird hours and I don’t like eating alone, so I very rarely have lunch buddies whose hours correspond. Luckily I DO have some awesome ones, so I called up my girl and we went through to this new spot by her place called MAMA MEXICANA.
I had had Mexican food before, once in New York, and a few times having had it made by a friend of mine down in Jozi who runs Lucha Taco - it’s pretty good, I mean, what can go wrong when you put melted cheese on anything?
I had a really good quesadilla but next time I’m totally upgrading on the heat (Dear South Africans, please note, it’s pronounced “kay-sah-DEE-yah”. There’s no L sound in there. A double L situation is actually a ‘y’ sound in Spanish - yeah, I know it’s confusing).
There are a whole bunch of things I wanna go back and taste out!!
Anyways this place is really good - the food is really good, and the prices are really good.
Mondays : Closed
Tuesdays : 9am - 6pm
Wednesdays - Saturdays : 9am-9pm
Sundays : 9am - 6pm
The dude who runs the spot, Kevin, said that the restaurant is closed from 3pm-5pm every day for prep, but other than that, the deets are as above, and I highly suggest that you go through and check it out.
The weather in Joburg’s been strange lately - yesterday, first week of August, it started raining [I have BEEN wishing for rain]. It only usually starts raining around September.
So we were driving to a friends and I look out the window and spotted this - DOUBLE RAINBOW. Yes I know all rainbows come in doubles. Yes I screamed. Yes we stopped the car and got out and stared in awe for a solid 5 minutes.
A total day-making moment.
Spring is here!!