Alexandra Township Tour

ALEXANDRA TOWNSHIP TOUR:

Alexandra  Tour, the  microcosm of South Africa, a must visit.

A LOOK AT ALEXANDRA TOWNSHIP TOUR

Alexandra Township informal shack development
Alexandra Township informal shack development

Alexandra  Tour Rates:

Departing Melville with Taste of Africa,  half-day visit, R 500 per person sharing.

Departing Sandton Central Business District using local shared taxi from Sandton, hosted by our guide:

4 hour visit, R 350 per person sharing, excluding the local transport, payable by the visitor.

 SUNRISE WALK & other tours:

Alexandra Township Tour
Alexandra Township Tour

Alexandra Township Tour – ‘SUNRISE WALK’  R 500 pp (min 2pax)

When we experienced the walk through Alexandra from 05:30 to 08:30, (winter 06:30 to 09:30), we experienced the Alex that we found the most attractive. Could it just be that it is cool, even the winter months can be hot during the day, or just that the magic of Alex waking up and rising around you is magic, you decide.

In the interests of Radical Economic Transformation in the tourism industry, these tours are intended to cater for the Sandton visitor, where our guides can host your access, through the local taxi transport in and out of Alexandra Township.

Any Half-Day Trip ex-Melville will only take place for the 05:30, 08:30 and 13:30 time slot.

Alexandra Township Tour

If departing Sandton, our guide will meet you at your hotel, if central in Sandton, or, at the Gautrain Station at 05:30, hosting you while using the local taxi from Sandton, our preferred option.

Should you wish to self-drive into Alex, we will provide directions to our guide controller on 2nd Avenue Alexandra, where you can safely park your vehicle.

Your guide will walk the area indicated in the map below compliments of Google.

Alexandra Township the area we cover.
Alexandra Township the area we cover.

From 1st Avenue, the taxi link and business area, we move through the small market places, moving through the Zulu enclave, and high density shack accommodation, where one of our guides lived, chased out by his neighbours in March 1991.

Taste of Africa visits the Madala Men’s Hostel, the heart of the 1991 conflict in Alexandra, considered a no-go area by most people.

From the male hostel and Zulu enclave, we walk via the upmarket Phase 2 with manicured gardens, an Island in the middle of the Chaos, pass the Female Hostel, walk through the high-density squatter community, the ‘Favela’ on 6th,

Alexandra Township Tour the vibe on the street
Alexandra Township Tour the vibe on the street

We pass the Room where Nelson Mandela stayed in the 1940s on 7th Avenue, then depending on time, a look at a few of the lower Avenues, before we head back to the business district and board that taxi back to Sandton:

Should the visitor wish to get deeper down into Alexandra, a trip in one of the small ‘cockroach’ taxi, will allow us to move deeper into Alexandra, and experience the cockroach.

No where in South Africa will you experience the diversity that you will experience in the 1 square kilometre of the old DARK CITY, that is Alexandra Township:

Join us for an experience you will never forget.

Cedric

If we wish to extend the morning visit, and stay for lunch, once again, Cedric’s favourite lunch venue is the Alexandra Men’s Hostel, please discuss this option with Cedric.

Alexandra lunch another one of Cedric's favourite venues.
Alexandra lunch another one of Cedric’s favourite venues.

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY:

Alexandra, originally established as a white Township in the 1890’s then, when unable to sell land, the developer converted the Township to a black Township in 1912, sold all the land as the 1913 Land Act approached.

During the 1950s Alexandra was famous for the 2 American type gangs that controlled the area.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Alexandra, like Sophiatown, Kliptown and other areas in South Africa, was ripped apart by the expropriation of all residential land, and the forceful removal of residents to Diepkloof in Soweto, and other areas.

It was the Apartheid Government’s intention to use the land for Hostel Type dwellings, to provide accommodation for the labour force, and by 1963 the male and female hostels were built.

In contrast to the forced removals in Sophiatown, because Alex was due to remain a black area, the Council started to collect rentals on all accommodation that was not vacated.

This resulted in difficulty to remove the land-owners who preferred to stay, and great conflict existed through till the 1970s when Rev Buti was able to change the Council’s minds and the development of Alex was again started.

During the early 1980s, through some link by a financial institutions, contractors, and Councillors, property was re-sold to those who could afford bond homes. You paid a deposit, and an appointed contractor built the homes through a link to the building society.

Then, in 1984 conflict in the Townships, the 1986 the rent and services boycott, aimed at all the accommodation owned by the Council impacted on those Land-owners who maintained the control over their properties. To-date, no rent is being paid, and conflict exists in many ‘land-owner groups’ who claim ownership, in the face of Government Ownership.

This was followed by the removal of the restrictions on ‘influx-control’ and Alex was one of the first areas where informal shack accommodation swelled, resulting in the over-populated conditions we find today, high-density accommodation that the sewerage system can’t handle.

During 1990, when black on black violence, allegedly driven by outside forces, spread throughout the country, Alex, the ‘Dark City’ maintained relative peace. Then in March 1991 the IFP / ANC violence erupted in the area around the Mens Hostel.

Many died, and all non-Zulus were chased out of the area, many of them leaving all their belongings and fleeing.

This section today is still occupied by the Zulu contingent that occupied this enclave.

This is a brief introduction to the dynamics that we need to be aware of, and dynamics that should attract South African’s to visit the microcosm of South Africa’s scattered problems.

Cedric de la Harpe;

The You Tube in this post gives you a look at Nettie and Cedric de la Harpe’s background to Responsible Travel, and how it has impacted on our Alexandra Township initiative:

While you are looking at Alexandra, maybe Soweto is your other option?

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Soweto our hidden history

Soweto our hidden history, the 1955 youth groups, moving from Boy Scout to Freedom Fighters by the time they were 19 years old, a must do visit.

Passport to Soweto free book today, excited about what you read? then buy the book, and enjoy your Soweto tour, not a tour, a full-day visit for an additional cost of R 300 per person, become a partner in the Economic Development of the Township:

Soweto our hidden history
Passport to Soweto, your guide to Soweto that will allow you to partner in the Economic Development of the community.

The Passport to Soweto enters the final stage of drafting and editing, and we are ready to release a .pdf book to read for free off this webpage link.

We do this for a few reasons;

1:   It allows the potential visitor access to understanding the various Heritage value Sites, giving insight into the experience the visitor will have.

2:  The readers input will allow us to take some of the focus off the ‘why’, and bring the magic of the Heritage Value Sites to the fore.

3:   It will assist other Township Communities and Rural Villages, to have insight into the Economic Transformation plans that we have put in place in Orlando East, and we presently have in development process, Alexandra Township, Kliptown, Meadowlands, & Diepkloof.

4:   The release of the link, will sell our initiative, and allow the pioneering perspective ‘investors’, to communicate any of their interests / concerns, before buying their Passport to Soweto, which allows access to the Heritage Value Sites.

Enjoy the read.

Passport to Soweto read it here for free

Buy Passport to Soweto today:

See you in Orlando East soon.

Cedric and Nettie de la Harpe, your Passport to Soweto facilitators.

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Chief Hintsa

Chief Hintsa.

Chief Hintsa
Chief Hintsa

When researching Consider the Verdict, I found great difficulty in understanding the logic of the archive material that described the ‘murder’ of Chief Hintsa, when he was at his most powerful period of his life.

I used my ‘artistic licence’ to attach the reasons and motivation, for what I believed, the circumstances related to his murder, was.

My thoughts often think about going down to the Easter Cape to find his descendants, and present my thinking, then, as I write my next book, I discover a link to Chief Hintsa’s descendants,  in Soweto, and today I meet this family.

I leave their home, return to my computer, and add the following comment to the front cover:

12 years of regular interaction in Soweto, and I still feel a tingle, when I talk to the descendants of these great leaders;

Cedric de la Harpe  

 

 

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Mandela and Sobukwe a day to remember

Mandela and Sobukwe a day to remember

5th December a day to remember, the passing of Nelson Mandela on 5 December 2013.

Let us take a minute to visit some of the life of Robert Sobukwe, born on this day in 1924:

Here I take the reader into a Reflection on South Africa History, I invite you to join me on some time / spiritual travel into a historical event.

From manuscript, name withheld, copyright, Cedric de la Harpe.

As the sun starts to filter into the space between the two shacks, the opposite neighbour’s door gives me the 1652 smile, teasing me, tempting me, today I will not be tempted, I smile.

Unusually, the date adds April 6, and I need great control not to jump up and please the master who is in control. Then, the “W” flashes, I can resist it no longer, I jump up and touch the “W”, the year moves to 1752, I touch “W” again, 1852, again, 1952, and I give up, the date moves 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, it starts to slow down, 1957, even slower, 1958, and then after a long wait, 1959, the “W” switches to “B”

BANG’ SHEEWEEeeee it feels as if I am being transported to the early period, but then the vacuum draws me back into the ‘black cage’, the noise around me is one of excited chatter, excited debate, yes, it is Monday, a public holiday, Van Riebeek Day, I am in the Orlando Community Hall, hundreds of people are trying to squeeze into the hall, good natured, but with a purpose that allows them to push for position, irrespective of age or gender. I have two burly men walking ahead of me, making space, I am not white, but I am being ushered to the front row, comfortable chair, I am a VIP, I look at the name label on the top of the chair, James Mpanza.

The hall is packed tight, except for the two front rows of chairs, the rest of the standing room is squashed tighter than sardines. The men, all in neat suits, shiny shoes, I am barefoot, neatly tucking my feet behind Mpanza’s briefcase.

The Speaker introduces Robert Sobukwe, I am not sure whether we are at the launch of the PAC, or the inaugural   Convention of Africanists, he apologises for the absence of  Hastings Banda and Kenneth Kaunda, and outlines his direction for the convention.

“We are living today. Sons and Daughters of the Soil, fighters in the cause of African freedom, we are living today in an era that is pregnant with untold possibilities for both good and evil.

“However, in spite of all these rapid advances in the material and physical world, man appears to be either unwilling or unable to solve the problem of social relations between man and man.”

I raise my hand wishing to be acknowledged, my hand waves and the table does not notice, I look around, the entire audience is waving, not one of greeting, rather that the white man must leave.

Sobukwe in 1959 has marvelled at the level of development that we have had in the world, and he has noticed that ‘social cohesion’ is not taking place, even at the level of those blacks who have become educated, in the face of severe obstacles and control. He believes than man is either unwilling, or unable to solve the problem, but he is wrong.

I softly voice my opinion, “Sir, they would like you to believe that they are willing, you may think that their God has not given them the ability, but time will tell that their ‘essential defensive weapons’, with the advent of technology, becomes more efficient at controlling the people.

Robert Sobukwe then shifts onto the Afrika Position, I look around the packed hall, every person is shaking their head positively, they are all African Nationalists, Africanists, what has happened to this attitude, what has happened to the Africanists in our country, except for the few that I have uncovered in the Townships, they are not easily found.

I need to find this document, to read it again, I am still battling to process what I am listening to. I have lost my attention process as Sobukwe talks Russia, USA, China, India, our black academics and politicians were not the ‘monkeys’ we thought they were.

As Sobukwe addresses the ‘Race Question’ I am alert again, how did he see and understand an issue, that we are unable to even talk about in 2014.

The Africanists take the view that there is only one race to which we all belong, and that is the human race. In our vocabulary therefore, the word ‘race’ as applied to man, has no plural form.

This view can only exist in the bottom three levels of class groups, Sobukwe has obviously not moved out of the third from the bottom.

In these three lower groups, this view is common, and, at this level, even my most anti-white white friends will hold this view, even believing that their abusers and oppressors, are human.

“In Afrika the myth of race has been propounded and propagated by the imperialists and colonialists from Europe, in order to facilitate and justify their inhuman exploitation of the indigenous people of the land. It is from this myth of race with its attendant claims of cultural superiority that the doctrine of white supremacy stems. Thus it is that an ex-engine driver can think of himself as fully qualified to be the head of the government of an African state, but refuse to believe that a highly educated black doctor, more familiar with Western culture than the White premier is, cannot even run a municipal council”. 

Ouch, this was not a wise comment, this is typical of what we would have seen as clever, and we did not have space for a ‘clever boy’ in my days. If you are past matric, you would never be considered for a job as a black police constable.

“I do not wish to belabour this point. Time is precious. Let me close discussion of this topic by declaring, on behalf of the Africanists, that with UNESCO we hold that every man is his brother’s keeper. For every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main, because he is involved in mankind.”

This attitude is not as anti-white as I would have expected.

“In South Africa we recognise the existence of national groups, which are the result of geographical origin within a certain area as well as a shared historical experience of these groups. The Europeans are a foreign minority group, which has exclusive control of political, economic, social and military power.” 

“It is the dominant group. It is the exploiting group, responsible for the pernicious doctrine of White Supremacy, which has resulted in the humiliation, and degradation of the indigenous African people.” 

According to the Kaalvoet Theory, a black leader at the level of Robert Sobukwe, educated, intelligent, would see every person in the groups above him, as the dominant group, the exploiting group. Over time we will see the results of how black leaders move up the KT structure, and form part of this dominant group as seen from the lower groups.

“It is this group which has dispossessed the African people of their land and with arrogant conceit has set itself up as the ‘guardians’, the ‘trustees’ of the Africans.”

 “It is this group which conceives of the African people as a child nation, composed of Boys and Girls, ranging in age from 120 years to one day.” 

Sorry, my Brothers and Sisters, I am guilty.

“In short, it is this group which has mismanaged affairs in South Africa just as their kith and kin are mismanaging affairs in Europe. It is from this group that the most rabid race baiters and agitators come. It is members of this group who, whenever they meet in their Parliament, say things, which agitate the hearts of millions of peace-loving Africans. This is the group, which turns out thousands of experts on that new South African Science the Native mind.”

I feel the eyes of every person in the hall looking at me, it is as if they know I am white, I feel exposed, bare, I try to stop thinking, lest they see something that I may be hiding.

This Sobukwe is powerful, the new ‘South African Science’, the ‘Native Mind’. In 2014 we seem to accept that this group is a problem, it is still because of ‘their mind’, ‘their thinking’. If only they could read, if only they could understand what the ANC are doing to our country, “they would change their vote”, and fix the country.

“The down-trodden, poor “stinking coolies” of Natal who, alone, as a result of the pressure of material conditions, can identify themselves with the indigenous African majority in the struggle to overthrow White supremacy, have not yet produced their leadership. We hope they will do so soon.”

“The Africans constitute the indigenous group and form the majority of the population. They are the most ruthlessly exploited and are subjected to humiliation, degradation and insult.” 

“Now it is our contention that true democracy can be established in South Africa and on the continent as a whole, only when White supremacy has been destroyed. And the illiterate and semi-literate African masses constitute the key and centre and content of any struggle for true democracy in South Africa.” 

This Sobukwe is powerful, his comment that White supremacy must be destroyed in order to establish a true democracy, causes Kaalvoet to reflect on white supremacy, on how it contributes to the failure of our democracy in 2014, granted only through the eyes of my black persona.

I hope I can get an opportunity to discuss our 2014 experiences with Sobukwe soon.

“And the African people can be organised only under the banner of African nationalism in an All-African Organisation where they will by themselves formulate policies and programmes and decide on the methods of struggle without interference from either so-called left-wing or right-wing groups of the minorities who arrogantly appropriate to themselves the right to plan and think for the Africans.”

“We wish to emphasise that the freedom of the African means the freedom of all in South Africa, the European included, because only the African can guarantee the establishment of a genuine democracy in which all men will be citizens of a common state and will live and be governed as individuals and not as distinctive sectional groups.”

Wow, this is powerful, why did we fear PAC, why did we fear Sobukwe?

Would it not be great if 1994 had brought us a ‘genuine democracy’ in which all men were citizens of a common state and we can all live and be governed as individuals, and not as distinctive sectional groups.

Surely, the ‘freedom of the African’, if achieved through Sobukwe’s principles, would have freed us Europeans also, or do we really believe that we are free?

“Against multi-racialism we have this objection, that the history of South Africa has fostered group prejudices and antagonisms, and if we have to maintain the same group exclusiveness, parading under the term of multi-racialism, we shall be transporting to the new Afrika these very antagonisms and conflicts.” 

Is this not the problems that we are facing in 2014, we have the ‘very antagonisms and conflicts’ seen in all our public discourse?

I believe it is, yet, I never hear the academics or media even touch this concept.

“Further, multi-racialism is in fact a pandering to European bigotry and arrogance. It is a method of safeguarding white interests, implying as it does, proportional representation irrespective of population figures. In that sense it is a complete negation of democracy.”

No wonder many of my black brothers question our ‘new democracy’, they listened to Sobukwe in 1960, what did we read into what he was saying that we missed the content?

“To us the term ‘multi-racialism’ implies that there are such basic insuperable differences between the various national groups here that the best course is to keep them permanently distinctive in a kind of democratic apartheid. That to us is racialism multiplied, which probably is what the term truly connotes.” 

No wonder our 2014 social discourse results in so much racial animosity; we have created it.

My hands are uncomfortable, I do not take them out of my suit pockets, in case the blood is seen.

“We aim, politically, at government of the Africans by the Africans, for the Africans, with everybody who owes his only loyalty to Afrika and who is prepared to accept the democratic rule of an African majority being regarded as an African.”

“We guarantee no minority rights, because we think in terms of individuals, not groups. Economically we aim at the rapid extension of industrial development in order to alleviate pressure on the land, which is what progress means in terms of modem society.” 

Strangely this is a concept that I have lived with since the start of our New Democracy, I never wished for minority rights, I did not know why. 

“We stand committed to a policy guaranteeing the most equitable distribution of wealth. Socially we aim at the full development of the human personality and a ruthless uprooting and outlawing of all forms or manifestations of the racial myth.”

“To sum it up we stand for an Africanist Socialist Democracy. Here is a tree rooted in African soil, nourished with waters from the rivers of Afrika. Come and sit under its shade and become, with us, the leaves of the same branch and the branches of the same tree. Sons and Daughters of Afrika, I declare this inaugural convention of the Africanists open.”

Why did de Klerk and Nelson Mandela not adopt this approach, why did they not tell me of the damage that the system caused, the system that I was part of, the damage to the black communities, why did they not ask me to go into the Townships and have a look, to ‘become with us’? “Here is a tree rooted in African soil, nourished with waters from the rivers of Afrika. Come and sit under its shade and become, with us, the leaves of the same branch and the branches of the same tree.

I am standing on my chair, clapping, I am now the white ‘Kaalvoet’, and the entire audience, including the speakers are clapping, but they are clapping me, not Subukwe, they are clapping a white who seems to understand ‘Africanists’.

Kaalvoet 5 December 2014

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Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local Taxi

Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local Taxi

Cheap transport, to and from ORT Airport, Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill,  Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local  Taxi,

In order to spend a number of days in Johannesburg, the visitor needs to be introduced to the  Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local  Taxi, and to attract the international visitor to this site, already popular with our local people, Taste of Africa introduces cheap, quick, easy access, to visiting the Apartheid Museum, see below.

As they were raised in Melville, both Nettie and Cedric de la Harpe will not be blamed for promoting Melville as the ideal base for your Johannesburg sojourn.

To assist the budget traveller, and those who would prefer to spend their available money, on more than just transport, we will run this blog to create a culture of using the cheap transport systems, allowing you to invest in our magic.

What is our motivation for this initiative, where we lose a little on transfer costs, we will make up on providing the visitor with the magic experience of walking the streets of Johannesburg, Soweto and Alexandra.

APARTHEID MUSEUM:

For the visitor who wishes to visit the Apartheid Museum via local taxi transport, you may use the Bree Street taxi rank, see below. Mid-way between West & Sauer Streets is and entrance with a stairway to the upper floor, use the steps to the upper floor, turn right at the top, follow to the end and turn left, and then mid-way on the left is an entrance to the upper-floor.

Enter, and to your right, approx 3rd lane, ask for the Baza-Baza taxi, and tell the driver and passengers you wish to be dropped at the Apartheid Museum. This is important, the taxi has options that could result in taxi not passing AM: 

The Bree Street Rank reflects the vast changes of South African life. The ranks, when I was younger, 30 to 40 years ago, were the public parking garages, used mainly by the whites. Then, as the whites moved out of the Central Business District, and the parking garages stood empty for years, the taxi industry were housed in these buildings. The City of Johannesburg, as part of their beautifying the city project, has commissioned numerous interesting pieces of art that surround these ranks.

Both on the ground floor, and the upper-level, there are hawkers and small businesses providing for the commuters daily needs. Almost every commuter requires to use two, maybe three taxi rides to get to work in the morning. and often, the closest that the commuters get to shopping, is while they are changing from one taxi route to another.

Melville Taxi:

When visiting Melville, or returning to Melville, to locate the Melville taxi, use the same entrance as described above, take the steps down to basement, turn left, keep left and take the next step to the lower level, and then turn right, crossing over to the first paved isle, which service at the terminal, ask for the Melville taxi.

When leaving Melville, use Main Road, south, or Kingsway, east, index finger in the air, will stop the taxi. 3 fingers indicates Bree Street, 5 fingers indicates Noord Street.

Just after you pass the Gas Works, on the corner of Enoch Sontongo Street,the taxi may stop, this is if the driver is aware that a passenger wishes to divert past the Oriental Plaza, Newtown to Bree rank. At this stage, passengers are redistributed as the same association shares the passengers among the two routes.

This is your opportunity to visit the Oriental Plaza en route to Newtown. 

For those of you who would prefer a guide to experience the magic of these areas, Taste of Africa will oblige, we are just not into, selling the typical tourist site, that only requires transfer.

Please also read in conjunction with, our Gautrain / Rea Vaya Public TTransport link page:  

Lets go into more detail:

Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local  Taxi:

This section is aimed at permitting the more adventurous visitor to get through Johannesburg, and into Soweto while they appreciate the magic that exists, as economically as possible.

For those who have climbed Kilimanjaro, I always say, reaching the Peak was great, but I will always remember the getting there. 

Use this section in combination with the traditional Street Maps and guide books.

Taste of Africa will assist with any enquiries via contact below, or info@tasteofafrica.co.za, provided you make enquiries seven days ahead of your visit. For those visitors who make use of a Taste of Africa guiding services through Johannesburg & Soweto, we will support you throughout your stay in Johannesburg, should you wish to venture through Johannesburg on your own.

‘Local shared taxi’ a negative in the suburban South African communities, but the daily mode of transport for 65% of the South African community.

Johannesburg cheap transport, the old Bara taxi rank
Johannesburg cheap transport local taxi, the old Bara taxi rank

You are able to board a local taxi on most corners in the Urban areas, however, at peak times it is often essential to stand in the queue at the taxi rank, as the taxi will be fill when they pass. We must warn you, many of the boarding stations very little respect for age and gender is given, if the taxi door opens, get in first, else you will be left on the street.

In general, the index finger pointed towards the sky will stop a taxi heading for the centre of the city, however, many ranks also have their individual signs when a route provides the service to more than one rank.

When in the taxi rank, ask the drivers/controllers to ensure that you are boarding the correct taxi, tell the driver and passengers where you wish to alight, if you are boarding on a street corner, ask other on the corner for the desired hand-sign for your destination.

When boarding a taxi always have your fare ready, do not use large notes early in the morning. The fares are passed from the rear of the taxi to the passenger sitting alongside the driver, or alternatively to the driver. Where possible you are expected to collect fares and take change during the process to relieve the driver of the load. Just a word of warning, ask, there are areas where payments take place at certain points en route, and sometimes, just before you alight. 

Always ensure that the driver knows where you wish to be dropped, and do not hesitate to talk to your fellow passengers if you are not sure.

Our support information will prepare you for what you can expect when you arrive at the terminal, in order that you do not give the appearance of being lost on arrival.

Throughout the world you need to be aware, do not be careless with your camera, do not flash your wallet around, and decline an offer of any ‘tout’ who wishes to show you around.

Read up before you venture into the area, know what you are visiting and the times that they are open.

In these high-density pedestrian traffic areas that you will go through at the taxi terminals, the community are very aware of your level of anxiety. The more relaxed you are, the more you are respected.

Cedric de la Harpe +27 82 565 2520 

BREE STREET RANK:

The Bree Street rank services the Soweto, Melville to Rosebank / Randburg areas, and through to Hillbrow.

Situated on Bree Street, central Johannesburg, between Sauer Street and West St / the Street that crosses the Nelson Mandela Bridge:

From Melville you will cross the Nelson Mandela Bridge. Then alight as the taxi take the left just before the rank.

When using the taxi to Bree, and you wish to get to Noord, please ask the driver, they could be including the Noord in their link.

Click on this Google Link for the Metro Taxi / Bree Street Taxi Rank, 

The Bree / Metro Taxi rank, is to the right top, of the google map, and  the Newtown Precinct, to the left and lower of the view:

The Newtown area, off the Museum Africa area,  is a short walk.

Bree Street taxi rank, a hub for the Johannesburg Day Visit, Cheap Transport initiative
Bree Street taxi rank, a hub for the Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local Taxi, Bree Street Rank

Off this corner, walk down the road, towards the Newtown area:

The Art work, corner Bree and Sauer Street, is your landmark, for access to the Newtown Area on Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local Taxi
The Art work, corner Bree and Sauer Street, is your landmark, for access to the Newtown Area on Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local Taxi

A look at the Johannesburg Central Business District, (Downtown).

Downtown Johannesburg Cheap Transport Option
Downtown Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local Taxi, Option

The Newtown Area:

A visit to Newtown wouldn’t be complete without taking in some of the restaurants and nightlife spots which lend themselves to the eclectic, multicultural, artistic reputation of the area.

See below for more details.

The Market Theatre

Tel: +27 (0)11 832-1641
Website: www.markettheatre.co.za
Address: 56 Margaret Mcingana Street

Museum Africa

Tel: +27(0)11 833-5624
Website: www.museumafrica.org
Address: 121 Bree Street
Open: Tues to Sun 09h00-17h00, closed on Monday

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Tel: +27(0)11 639-8400
Website: www.sci-bono.co.za
Address: Corner Miriam Makeba and President streets, Newtown
Open: 09h00 to 17h00 (16h30 on weekends/ holidays)

Niki’s Oasis

Tel: +27(0)11 492-1134 & 838-9733
Address: 138 Bree Street
Open: Monday 12h00 to 00h00, Tuesday 12h00 to 22h00, Wednesday to Sat 12h00 to 00h00, closed on Sunday.

Bassline (live music venue)

Tel: +27(0)11 838 9145/6
Website: www.bassline.co.za
Address: 10 Henry Nxumalo Street

Sophiatown Bar Lounge

Tel: +27 (0)11 836-5999
Website: www.sophiatownbarlounge.co.za
Address: 1 Central Place, Jeppe Street
Open: Monday to Wednesday 10h30 to 21h00, Thursday to Saturday 10h30 to 02h00 and Sunday 11h30 to 20h00

Constitution Hill:

Constitution Hill, can be accessed from the Bree Street taxi rank, either using the taxi that goes to Yeoville, or a walk via Mandela Bridge and Braamfontein.

Coming in from Sandton, towards the Noord Street rank, the driver can drop you a block away, coming from Melville, you can alight, as you approach the Mandela Bridge, and walk up through Braamfontien, moving around the Civic centre. 

Noord Street Taxi Rand:

The Noord Street Taxi Rank, consists on the enclosed MTN Rank, as seen below, but also covers the extended are as discussed below.

Noord Street is easily accessed when arriving by taxi from the Northern and Eastern suburbs and Alexandra. It is recognised by the high density taxi traffic and the high density pedestrian traffic.

Taxis travelling from the Melville Area, do have the option of taking you through to Noord Street, check with the driver, if not, there is a ‘local feed’ operating between Bree and Noord.

Taxis are restricted to leave from certain ranks, but when the arrive in central Johannesburg, there is very little restriction.

Johannesburg Cheap Transport Option Local Taxi Noord Street Node.
Johannesburg Cheap Transport  Local Taxi Noord Street Taxi Rank Node.
Noord Street area
Noord Street area, Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local  Taxi.

This Google Map view of the area, prepares you for your transit;

From the North and East, many taxi’s arrive in the Noord Street area on Klein Street, travelling from North to South.

From this rank you will access taxi’s to Pretoria, Sandton, Alexandra, and suburbs to the East.

On your left is Joubert Park, then the Johannesburg Art Gallery, your taxi will pass the JAG on the left, cross the rail line, and first a shopping centre on your left. You will need to alight between Noord Street and De Villiers Street. The Rank now is enclosed, as per picture above, the view is shown from Twist Street, and the shopping centre is on your right.

If wishing to move to the Bree Street Taxi Rank, move to the far side of the MTN Taxi Tank to Plain Street, diagonally opposite on the left, Corner Klein and Plein Street, under the big sign, Taxi Butchery, you board the taxi to Bree.

The Drill Hall can be visited while in the area, walk through between the MTN Taxi Rank and the shopping centre, and cross Twist Street, the large red building seen opposite.

The Extended Noord Street Taxi Rank area:

ORT Airport:

Travellers wishing to access the ORT Airport Cheaply, can do so, using local taxi transport, from the MTN rank, move along De Villiers Street, in an Easterly Direction, keeping the Drill Hall, the large red brick building, on your left, continue two blocks or so, towards claim street, and you will find, by asking, a taxi that will take you to ORT Airport:

From ORT Airport to Johannesburg:

This is the more difficult option, mainly because you must not ask for assistance, there is no person on the airport who will believe that you can use a local taxi, after-all, you have enough money to used an expensive taxi.

Leave the arrivals terminal, onto the road way, turn right, and walk towards the oncoming vehicles that are arriving. As you leave the arrivals terminal, keep right, you will reach a fork that takes you down to a road way, at a lower level. Parked just under the vehicle ramp, you will find a shared taxi, if not, ask a local, the taxi will arrive soon.

During the morning, and late afternoon, your taxi will take you straight to the De Villiers Street rank, two blocks from the MTN rank, should they not be travelling direct, they will move via the Kempton Park taxi rank, where you may need to switch taxi.

A few years back, using this link, we could access Soweto, via the MTN rank for a total of R 45, today it my be R 60.

Wanderers Street, Long Distance Taxi Rank: 

Johannesburg’s link to Long Distance Taxi’s depart from the seen on the Google Map, just north of Noord Street, on Wanderers Street. You must get there early in the morning if you wish to use this service.

I would suggest that you visit the area the day before you wish to depart, but it is not necessary. Google View, Taxi Rank on left, Bridge Shopping Centre on the right. 

Faraday Taxi Rank

Situated on Faraday off Eloff Street, neighbour to the Faraday Traditional Medicine Market, well worth a visit.  

Taxi Routes:

Faraday:   Natalspruit Steeldale  Southgate The Hill Thokoza Alberton  The Glen Shopping Centre  Bassonia

Please feel free to call me, Cedric 082 565 2520.

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