VOLKSTROTS UITNODIGING OM VERDER TE GESELS

VOLKSTROTS UITNODIGING OM VERDER TE GESELS, my Afrikaans is goed, en as jy die uitnoding aanvaar, sal ons Afrikaans gesels, terwyl ons saam loop en die dag geniet, maar vir hierdie pos, verskoon die Engels, ek sukkel om Afrikaans te skryf.

During the past ten years, I have researched South Africa’s history, and our International Visitors have had the benefit of my understanding of what I will call the ALTERNATE HISTORY, for the International Visitors, but for many South Africans, it is our actual history.

A South African group, while Walking the streets of Soweto with Cedric. will have an opportunity to listen, debate, discuss, the following:

The South African problems that we all face today, has its origins in Economic Segregation, although we can all see the economic class structures, very visible in South Africa, the beneficiaries of the Economic Segregation have very skilfully transferred the blame and responsibility of the damage done to ‘conservative’, ‘uncultured’  ‘uncivilised’, narrow-minded’, white people, and in general attach the adjective Afrikaner, to this group.

The ‘liberal’ ‘cultured’ ‘civilised’ ‘broad-minded’, the minorities of our population, brand the Union Flag as a symbol of ‘oppression’, they are not far wrong. The Union Flag, symbolises the  successful oppression of the Afrikaner and the African, by the Imperialist Wealth, who by 1913, had taken control of the African mineral wealth, and the African Land.

The blog that I have posted under VOLKSTROTS, touches on the period 1943 to 1960, the Africanist Nationalist,  the Mandela of 1949, and how Mandela separates his philosophy from the Africanist Nationalist, at the stage when South African ‘black struggle’ leads the world, when the struggle moves from the academic to the uneducated black youth.

I am English, I was never anti-apartheid, and I am of the opinion that, had it not been for the English, the African would be the wealth of South Africa today, Townships would not exist, black poverty would not exist.

Who stole the Land, and how was the land stolen from the African?

The Western Economic Democracy, originates in 1789, African Democracy still does not exist, the Changing World Order, is taking place in the Western World, this can be see in numerous movements, where the people are looking for answers to their own future, I predict that 2028 will bring a major political shift, and Africa will be free, the African and the Whites of Africa, we need to prepare, if we want to take advantage in 2028.

Should you wish to participate in the debate / discussion / and walk the streets of Soweto with me, please email me on safari@tasteofafrica.co.za, 

Groups of from 10 to 16 will be catered for should the groups be larger, we will adjust the programme and quote accordingly:

Self-transfer to Soweto, meeting point in Soweto, cars parked safely, alternatively, use of the Rea Vaya bus, Cedric will accompany in the bus:

Cost, R 300 per person, includes lunch, at Nancefield Hostel, excludes the beers, excludes local shared taxi back to your vehicles.

The interaction and Walking the streets of Soweto, commences in Orlando East, and ends after lunch, the tourist route is excluded.

Kom gesels saam, kom ons bou weer VOLKSTROTS

Cedric

@Volkstrots_SA

 

Soweto Walking Tour Nancefield Hostel the closest your will get to Africa
Soweto Walking Tour Nancefield Hostel the closest your will get to Africa

 

Walk A:  2 km

We start our walk  in Orlando East, officially the oldest Township on Soweto, dating back to 1932, home to South Africa’s political history, both the Accepted History, and the Alternative History.

Walk A, Orlando East 2 km
Walk A, Orlando East 2 km

Walk B:  1 km

We exit Orlando East, the Orlando Towers to our left, we cross one of the typical open spaces, and then walk through Numzamo Park, the only housing development that has taken place on the 1980s informal settlement.

Walk B Numzamo Park
Walk B Numzamo Park
Link between Numzamo and Holimiso
Link between Numzamo and Holimiso

Walk C:  1 km

Holomisa Settlement, established in the mid 1980s, allows us to have an insight into life on the other side of the track.

Walk C Holomisa Settlement
Walk C Holomisa Settlement
800m link between Holomisa and Nancefield
800m link between Holomisa and Nancefield

Walk D:  300m

Nancefield Hostel

Walkthrough Nancefield Hostel
Walkthrough Nancefield Hostel

NANCEFIELD HOSTEL, 1950S TO PRESENT,   –       

The Nancefield Hostel, one of eleven such hostels built in the 1950s, to accommodate migrant male workers in the Johannesburg area.

There was one female hostel, situated between Orlando West and Meadowlands.

Prior to 1994, 3 000 males were accommodated in this Hostel, that stretches on both sides of the road. Today, family groups are accommodated, and we believe the occupants total 13 000.

From 1988 to 1992, the hostels were used by the system, to destabilise the local community, Zulu’s of the IFP group, attacked non-Zulus in the area. This was all part of the black-on-black violence, which some would claim was backed by the National Party, and targeted the youth of the PAC and other Black Consciousness groups.

Today, many non-Zulu’s would still keep away from the hostels.

Very few Zulus in the Hostel area, are able to speak English, part of the Colonisers suppression. I believe the English, used Welsh speaking people, to learn the Zulu language, and off that basis, the employers language skills were developed. In Kwa-Zulu Natal, all Employers, White and Indian, speak a form of Zulu, restricting the rural Zulu from needing to speak English.

We approach the eating area, through the Hostel accommodation area, where we will pay our respects to the ‘Indunas’. the traditional leaders of a Zulu community, David, our young guide has lived in the Hostel for most of his life.

The hostel conditions are in terrible condition, the occupants wanting the family units upgraded, and the Government, has intention to upgrade, but the end product, particularly in relation to cost, is far from reaching consensus.

Now time for rest and relaxation, where the visitor and the guide can interact with one another and the Mutwa Butchery patrons:

Muthwa Butchery:

Muthwa runs a very successful business, feeding hundreds per day, behind the stoves you will find a selection of cooked meat, from head meat to the innards, heart, liver, kidney, and pieces that I have never been exposed to.

In the shop, they will have a beef stew, sometimes chicken, served with pap, (their traditional porridge) and you can but a tomato and onion relish on the side.

A recent introduction to the menu is grilled chicken, and Cedric believe that it is one of the best in the area, often taking chicken home for our evening meal.

We love to buy meat to braai, they sell various cuts to beef, including heart, liver, and sausage/wors, that you can braai yourself, Cedric however prefers to use the staff member tasked with assisting in the braaing, but be careful when using the staff member, you still need to ensure your meat in not overcooked.

Buy your meat with a small helping of pap, R 10, and tomato relish. Your meal seldom costs more than R 35 to  R55 per plate.

Beers are available to buy, and an enjoyable few hours can be yours.

Nancefield Hostel Cedric favourites lunch venue
Nancefield Hostel Cedric favourites lunch venue

Comfort Information:

This is Africa, and they cater for groups of people, eating from one communal plate, using your fingers. Should you have an issue, please ask the shop for a spoon.

Between the kitchen area, and the eating area, there is a sink, where you can wash your hands.

When you have cooked your meat, there will be a knife around, attached to an anchor of sorts, where you cut the meat into chunk size portions, Cedric would ask the braai assistant to please cut his meat, his hands are too soft to do so without a fork available.

The salt will be in a plastic bottle, also anchored, so pour a little into your hand, and set on a corner of the meat plate. When washing your hands, if you require a cloth, please ask one of the ladies working there.

This is your closest that you will get to Africa, while in South Africa.

Soweto Walking Tour Nancefield Hostel the closest your will get to Africa
Soweto Walking Tour Nancefield Hostel the closest your will get to Africa.

Soweto and the people are my passion.

Wat het my oupa and Nelson Mandela in gemeen?

Oupa Joubert
Oupa Joubert

 

Cedric

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Soweto tour success

Soweto tour success comes to Taste of Africa guides.

Nettie and I have driven the Passport to Soweto  initiative since March 2017, a radical change in what the visitor to Soweto would experience, the must do museums no longer.

We have learnt daily, as we drive the hidden South African history, the history that resides in many of the Township elders.

Change is difficult for all of us to accept, and our guides are no different, on many a day, the guide carried instruction to visit one of the Heritage Value Site, the participant waited, we contributed, but always an excuse why they never reached the site.

Passport to Soweto
Passport to Soweto

Yesterday we had two Italian groups in Soweto, 14 sleeping overnight, 16 arriving in the morning, and Cedric was booked to host a Swedish family of 3.

Logistically, the guides were unable to avoid my directions.

The energy in and outside of Heritage Value Site 3, bubbles for 3 hours.

When the dust has settled, I text guide Stanley to enquire, and his report confirms our belief with regard to the direction we are going:

Hi Stanley, how did the visitors react to the Mahapa visit? 

That’s what they want. Thank you Ced to introduce such a wonderful tour to our visitors.

I don’t really know what to say about what you are doing to our visitors, cause this is an amazing experience to them.

Could we ask for a better stamp of approval?

Cedric and Nettie de la Harpe

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Soweto tour rather visit on Spring Day

Soweto tour rather visit on Spring Day, a special event if you are going to be visiting Soweto on September 1, this is the first of special experience visits that Taste of Africa offered through the Passport to Soweto Responsible Tourism initiative.

Soweto tour rather visit on Spring Day with Passport to Soweto
Soweto tour rather visit on Spring Day with Passport to Soweto

Passport to Soweto, a guide that gives direction to using the Integrated Public Transport system, the Gautrain and Rea Vaya bus, and gives guidance and direction, including all the Heritage Value sites, bringing you the magic of Africa, while, everything you pay, goes directly to the community.

Soweto tour rather visit on Spring Day with Passport to Soweto
Soweto tour rather visit on Spring Day with Passport to Soweto

Spring Day is a magic fun day, one that should not be missed:

Your day will be filled with visits to Heritage Value Sites, details of the various sites are slowly filling the Passport to Soweto blog, allowing you the option to watch the blog grow, and ask any questions.

On Spring Day, Nettie and Cedric will be enjoying the day with the visitor.

For international visitors, you may either buy your Passport to Soweto through Createspace;  or alternatively, Buy from our Store; in which case we will despatch a .pdf version to you, and your Passport to Soweto will be delivered  to your Johannesburg accommodation, or await you in Soweto.

We guarantee that this will be the highlight of your visit to South Africa.

Cedric and Nettie de la Harpe

 

 

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Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 4

Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 4

Your link to day 3, if you missed it?

As part of the Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, we start our visit to South Africa in the Zulu Village, adjacent to the Blood River Monument, and Ncome Museum, where the battle of Blood River took place on December 16, 1838.

This exposes the visitor to two very different interpretations of the events that took place during the battle,

I have very personal views on these interpretations, and have become of the opinion that December 16, should not have been used as the ‘Day of Reconciliation’, for all South Africans, we first need to reconcile, the differing interpretations, the financial and political issues, that still keep the gates to the symbolic bridge closed.

Chief Molefe of the Mkonjane Tribal Authority, have been in talks about how we can contribute to finding a solution. 

Our day starts with a visit to the Ncome Museum, and then we visit the Blood River Monuments.

Our Intercultural Exchange with the flavour of the Big 5, reflects on the separations that still exist in our country.
Our Intercultural Exchange with the flavour of the Big 5, reflects on the separations that still exist in our country.
The bronzed wagons symbolise the wagon laager used by the boers as shelter in this battle, also, a traditional form of protection during their trekking.
The bronzed wagons symbolise the wagon laager used by the boers as shelter in this battle, also, a traditional form of protection during their trekking.

Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, takes us to the schools;

A visit to a Primary school,only 1 of the 4 scheduled for the day, but a delegation of students and professors, has undertaken to finalize the other schools on day 5

Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.
Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.
Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.
Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.

We then have a return visit to the Velaphansi Secondary School, where the students displayed their dancing much to the enjoyment and the appreciation of the scholars, and educators.

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Lunch is enjoyed at the school, and supper at the Nguni Clan again.

By this stage, I am convinced that I failed the group by not succeeding to have most meals with the family, a challenge that I will ensure that I address when we return.

Cedric

Day 5, coming soon:

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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

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James Mpanza relates early Soweto History

James Mpanza relates early Soweto History

On the 15th May 2005, we present a backyard theatre where James Mpanza relates early Soweto History educating both Taste of Africa  Soweto Tour visitors, my family and friends, Sofasonke’s family and the community.

SunValley;  Unfortunately Google Maps can’t give us more than this.

The Blue Building on the right is Musi High School, and to the left, the grey roof, now a shopping centre, was where the ,  ‘ematangeni’ concentration camp was originally located. The Rail siding can be seen on the ariel photo. The hillock can be seen on the ariel photo.

Sunvalleyt, Skomplaas.
Sunvalley, Skomplaas.

I use part of a backyard theatre production, presented on the 15th May 2005, both Sofasonke and my birthday, to give a little history into SunValley for my family, friends and Sowetans.

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