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​2011-11-18: 125 years celebrated with music and multi-media centre

JOHANNESBURG will celebrate its 125th anniversary in exuberant style tomorrow with the launch of an imaginative new experience centre and a concert featuring some of the country's top performers.

Executive Mayor, Mpho Parks Tau, will launch the multi-media Experience Centre located at Museum Africa. The centre chronicles the transformation of the city from its establishment as a mining town in 1886 to its current status as South Africa's economic, industrial and cultural heart.

The centre also provides an opportunity for visitors to view, learn about and interact with the City in its past and present forms – but also as it moves into the future in line with the Joburg 2040 vision.

"The new centre links together the past, present and future of city," says Mr Chris Vondo, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development. "We want to celebrate our eventful history and achievements but also encourage visitors to think about the contribution they can make towards the Joburg of tomorrow."

The world-class experience takes visitors on a multi-media tour of the growth of the city since the establishment of the first gold mine, through the process of growth and industrialisation towards the creation of a thriving metropolis.

Mayor Tau will host guests at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and later return to the Newtown Park area where one of the biggest concerts of the year in Joburg will be in full swing.

Among the featured artists at the concert starting at 16h00 will be Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuza, Thandi Klaasen, Professor, Madoda and the Mtuba Thulisa Brothers.

The entertainment programme will follow a distinctive pattern – taking the audience on a historical journey of 125 years through a musical and dance experience. It will capture the sights, sounds, culture, traditions and vibes of the city in a unique event that will also be visible on big screens placed strategically at the venue.

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City of Johannesburg

For information contact: 
Nthatisi Modingoane
Deputy Director: Communications
Tel: (011) 407 7354
Fax: 403 3494
Cell: 082 467 9228