There is only one week left to book tickets for Jozi Walks 2019. The Walks take place on 18 and 19 May and tickets are free.
There has been high demand for the tickets. Three of the 12 walks (The Braamfontein Cemetery, tour of Alexandra and the Women of Fire tour through Braamfontein and Constitutional Hill) have been sold out, with several others expected to follow suit soon.
Exciting additions to this year’s Jozi Walks are an opportunity to get to know two distinct parts of Soweto: Noordgesig and Dube.
Writer Cheche Selepe will take guests around to the homes of anti-apartheid veteran Andrew Mlangeni and jazz legend Thandi Klaasen, among others. During apartheid, Dube was one of the first areas that allowed black people to design their own homes.
Multiple efforts by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) to improve Noordgesig will be visible in the area, as well as areas of historical significance. Noordgesig, commonly known as ‘Bulte’, was one of the older ‘coloured’ townships, having been built in the 1930s and housed people classified as Class D coloureds – those who were ‘near native’ or families of ‘mixed races’ .
The JDA’s Acting Executive Manager for marketing and communication, Susan Monyai, says: “We are proud to promote these walks as they encourage social cohesion and economic growth in addition to giving patrons the health benefits of walking safely in the public realm. We encourage people to book now and not miss out.”
Jozi Walks offer patrons a chance to tour different neighbourhoods of Johannesburg on foot (or by bike) led by a champion of the area. Bookings for Jozi Walks will close as they reach maximum numbers. With just a few spaces left, residents are encouraged to book as soon as possible.
Jozi Walks, an initiative of the JDA, is now in its third year and is supported by the Joburg Photo Walkers. Tickets are available on https://www.quicket.co.za/organisers/16888-jozi-walks/ or follow the hashtag on #joziwalks.