Preserving Johannesburg's history

Change is the only constant - even for our cities, which are being rebuilt, renewed and expanded. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Change is the only constant - even for our cities, which are being rebuilt, renewed and expanded but what are we doing to preserve their historical treasures?

In Johannesburg, some hidden and forgotten spaces of the old financial district in the CBD have become tourist attractions and banking halls, underground vaults and even the old stock exchange trading floor are being brought to life with storytelling and food.

“Johannesburg has always had a short attention span, it is known for demolishing and starting over.

"The city was basically rebuilt six times in 120 years that is why there is much different architecture right now, the city is trying to preserve some of the history," said Charlie Moyo from JoburgPlaces.

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One of these projects, JoburgPlaces tours, transports one to the origins of the gold rush.

JoburgPlaces has a permanent home in the Thunder Walker building on Gandhi Square, where it has repurposed most of a landmark bank, built-in 1904.

From there, tourists and locals can join historic walking tours, eat food from all over the world and even attend captivating storytelling dinners in the underground bank vault.

It is there were tales of great bank robberies and mysterious sealed safety boxes have drawn people to rediscover the inner city and this ensures that while the landscape changes, the rich history is not forgotten.

Source
eNCA