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25 April 2008
A week in Joburg with Lucille Davie

IT'S going to be getting warmer, I keep on telling myself. Follow LUCILLE DAVIE'S selection of the coolest events in Jozi this week.

Breaker Morant – legend dead and buried
Breaker Morant – legend dead and buriedIn the dying months of the Anglo-Boer War in the Northern Transvaal, Harry Harbord "The Breaker" Morant commanded a unit of the Bushveldt Carbineers in the Soutpansberg. Morant, an Anglo-Australian with a colourful past, vowed to avenge the death of his best friend, Captain Percy Hunt, who had been killed in an ill-conceived attack on a civilian house. What was to follow was a series of callous murders and trumped up accusations – leading to arrests, court martials, and executions – the effects of which still reverberate today. Now Charles Leach, whose family has been resident in Louis Trichardt (Makhado) in the Soutpansberg for four generations, has written a local version of the tale in a newly-published book titled The Legend of Breaker Morant is Dead and Buried: A South African version of the Bushveldt Carbineers in the Zoutpansberg. He will deliver a lecture on the subject at the Origins Centre on Tuesday, 26 June at 6.30pm. Cost is R45. Booking is essential – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Fête de la Musique
Fête de la MusiqueHead for Melville on Saturday, 30 June, for the Fête de la Musique in 7th street.  Pedestrianised for the entire day, the street will bring a unique art and culture experience kicking off with a brass band, a giant puppet parade, live music, theatre performances, an open mike session, an open-air screening. Restaurants will spill out on to the street and create special menus for the day. Artists such as The Brother Moves on, The Mahotella Queens, Nibs Van der Spuy & Davy Sicard, The Fantastique Guys, UJU, Giant Match, Bongeziwe Mabandla will perform their best tunes. The action starts at midday, and runs through to 9pm.

Kruger Street retail
Kruger Street retailJoburgers, prepare yourselves – there is a new shopping destination in town, with the launch of Kruger Street retail at Main Street Life on Sunday, 1 July, where 10 new retail stores and restaurants will join the newbies of the street. Sushi Bars, men's and ladies fashion stores, lifestyle spaces and rooftop food cafes will all be opening in the Precinct during the month of July, spearheaded by the opening of Anisa's Loin Cloth and Ashes on 1 July, where a fashion show of the brand's latest fashions will take place on the street at midday. Anisa moved into Main Street Life 2 years ago and has been making and retailing her fashions from her live/work studio. She retailed for a period at the Precinct's market, Market on Main, and is now ready to open her first Loin Cloth and Ashes store.  

Jacques Moolman
Real Music Wednesdays is a free music show exposing some of SA's best music talents every Wednesday at Chalkboard Café at Main Street Life. This Wednesday, 27 June, Shadowclub vocalist, Jacques Moolman, will be performing an acoustic set. No booking is required, but go early to make sure you get a seat. The show starts at 7.30pm.

Looking Glass
A catastrophic explosion in Braamfontein in 1896, the timely discovery of the gold cyanidation process in 1887, a conspiracy connecting the naming of Johannesburg after King Johannes of Portugal, the first surveyed drawings of Joburg, are moments in the city's history that are unpacked, to take the form of a museographical display where historical and fictional layers intertwine. Join artist Eduardo Cachucho on an exhibition walkabout that takes a journey through Joburg's early history and its connection with the city it has become today. The exhibition is entitled "Looking Glass". He will then be joined by Melinda Silverman, an architect, urban designer and architectural historian, who will talk the Joburg of today. Then the two of them will talk about Joburg's past, present and future within the frame of history making/unmaking. Venue is GoetheonMain at Arts on Main, time is 2pm, date is Saturday, 30 June. And it's free.

Get to Flotsam, a compelling one-act play from collaborators Luke Carstens and Anthony Haenen, who return to the stage with this new multi-media production. Flotsam finds two conflicted strangers flung together and left adrift in fantastical circumstances that take them to some very dark waters. It premieres in Joburg before heading to the 2012 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. It's being performed on Monday and Tuesday, 25-26 June at 8pm at the Popart Centre at Main Street Life. Book online at

Dark energy
Dark energyGet to Circa on Jellicoe for a double opening – "Dark energy - images from the Hubble Telescope", and "Sutherland reflections – art meets science in a place of darkness and silence", on Thursday, 28 June. This happens at 6pm.  

Linden tour
The history of Linden goes back to Voortrekker days. After the Anglo-Boer War the good-hearted Louw Geldenhuys put unemployed Boers to work building Emmarentia Dam. At one stage the suburb was well-known for its fruit farms and Linden peaches were exported to the UK. It was developed into a residential suburb in the early 1950s and St Thomas' Church (reputed to be the highest Anglican church in South Africa) was built in 1952. Take a walking tour of Linden and the church with the Parktown & Westcliff Heritage Trust on Saturday, 30 June. Cost is R100 (R70 for members), from Computicket or the office on 011 482 3349. Meet and park at 2pm at the church on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 8th Street, Linden.

Meat the Veggies
The Sophiatown Heritage & Cultural Centre presents Meat the Veggies, the next act on its Sophiatown Jazz Encounters, on Saturday, 30 June. Meat the Veggies was formed in 2007 and play what they call Afro-Kitchen Jazz. The band consists of Bongani who plays the saxophone, flute and melodic; Tiko on percussions, didgeridoo and congas; and Sol on guitar. They are currently working on their new album planned to be released in 2012. The encounter takes place at the Sophiatown Heritage & Cultural Centre, 73 Toby Street, Sophiatown, the former home of AB Xuma, and the heart of the revival of the suburb. Time is 7pm, cost is R70. Check them out on YouTube.

Under our skin

Under our skinGet to the launch of Donald McRae's Under our skin – a white family's journey through South Africa's darkest years, at Love Books in Melville, on Tuesday, 26 June. It is a memoir but also a "deeply affecting love letter from a son to his father". It happens at 5.30pm. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 011 726 7408.

Global markets at a crossroads
Get to a talk entitled "Global markets at a crossroads: politics‚ economic growth and the European debt crisis", on Thursday‚ 28 June at GIBS. In this environment of uncertainty investors are faced with a number of questions. Will policy makers be successful in containing contagion? Will Greece remain part of the Eurozone? Is Europe poised to plunge into a severe recession? What impact will all of this have on the rest of the world? And above all‚ how should investors be approaching the markets? The speaker is Scott Thiel, BlackRock's deputy chief investment officer of fixed income‚ fundamental portfolios and head of the European and global fixed income groups. Previously he was a vice president at Goldman Sachs & Co. During his 13 years there, he was responsible for developing strategies in both US and international interest rate and derivative markets for institutional money managers. Cost is R250 (which includes refreshments), time is 6pm. Register with Natalie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 011 771 4390. GIBS is at 26 Melville Road, Illovo. 


Live music Mondays
Live music Mondays at Pata Pata at Main Street Life presents the opportunity to enjoy live music with a meal. Try out some of their new African menu while listening to Ternielle, Tumi and Reason 'Audio 37 this Monday, 25 June. Cover charge is R30.

A night with a songwriter
A night with a songwriterPiet Botha has been making music for a very long time and celebrated a 30-year recording career in 2009. "Piet Botha the songwriter has a realistic outlook on the world, he's a veteran who has seen the fight and knows how fragile peace and life, can be". In 2006 Botha was awarded a SA Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to SA music. He was also awarded a Prestige Award by the FAK in 2006 for his contribution to the Afrikaans language. Get to the Popart Theatre at Main Street Life on Thursday, 28 June at 8pm for a night with him. Bookings at

Snare hunt
Winter is here and those awkward to reach places in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve are now much more accessible, so join the snare hunt in the reserve on Saturday, 30 June. The hunt will start at Silent Pool, Frandaph Drive, Mondeor at 8am. Bring along a pair of gloves as well as wire cutters or pliers.

Phillip Tobias exhibition
Phillip Tobias exhibitionGo and celebrate Phillip Tobias's life at the Wits Medical School with an exhibition entitled "Of Hominids and Humankind". It covers his life from his troubled childhood in Durban and Bloemfontein, to his long tenure at Wits, his growing involvement in the fight against apartheid for academic freedom and the use of his extensive research to counter the arguments used by the apartheid government to explain its racial policies. It is at the Adler Museum of Medicine, 7 York Road, Parktown. The museum is open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm. The exhibition runs until the end of July. Read more.

Public art walking tour

Join Past Experiences for a leisurely walking tour of the inner city on Saturday, 30 June. The tour will focus on the wonderful array of public art that can be found in the Joburg CBD. You will also look at the history, present and rejuvenation of the inner city. End the tour with a drink at Niki's Oasis in Newtown. Cost is R90, kids R45. Meet and park at 10am in the Market Theatre parking. Book by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 011 678 3905.

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Last Updated on 15 February 2013