A walking tour of Jozi’s Main Street

When visiting a city one the best ways to explore is to join a walking tour, Johannesburg has a number of free and paid walking tours.  I recently participated in a free walk organised by Walk my Jozi an initiative by the Johannesburg Development Agency that seeks to get locals on the streets and engage with people in other communities.

This particular walk was centered around Main Street in Marshalltown.  Starting with a tour of the Headquarters of Anglo American we were taken back in time to a building that was built in 1935.  Because Johannesburg was founded on mining most the buildings on the street are mining companies.  IMG 20180202 091028 300x225 - A walking tour of Jozi's Main Street

In front of building is “The Stampede” a statue made up seventeen leaping impala.  The Statue was initially in another part of the city but due to vandalism it was eventually moved to front of the Anglo American Building.

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The Stampede

 

As we walked down the street you come across the mining headgear and the Langlaagte Stamp Battery.  The mill has been on the street since 2003.

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Langlaagte Stamp Battery

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We took a short detour from Main Street and headed towards the Standard Building  on Simmonds Street, where in the middle of the Bank’s Building is the Ferreira Mine Stope, which is a public museum and entrance is free.

One of the highlights of the tour besides the history of mining in Johannesburg, is the Gandhi square named after Mohandas K Gandhi who for a while had a law office here.  The square became Johannesburg’s main Bus Terminus.

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Gandhi Square

 

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Statue of Gandhi

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This walk was organised by Walk my Jozi walk are organised regularly and announced on their Facebook Page.