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.
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.
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.
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.
Ferreira’s Stope “The colour and light intensity of the lights installed on the rock face were carefully selected to depict the ambience of the 1890s diggings” This museum is situated in the Standard Bank Building Simmonds street. #walkingtour #citywalk #history #historicpreservation #historical #jozi #southafrica #Johannesburg #travel #gold #heritage
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.
This walk was organised by Walk my Jozi walk are organised regularly and announced on their Facebook Page.