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Soweto Tours

by chantalala

Has anyone taken a tour of Soweto? Would you recomend it?

Re: Soweto Tours

by PierreZA

?You don't say much about yourself, from where are you? The Soweto tour is high on the list of things to do. It is organized tours, some leave from Rosebank in Jo'burg.
You usually need to book ahead.

Re: Soweto Tours

by Kelstarama

I really enjoyed the tour I did of Soweto. I would recommend only going in a very small group or even by yourself with a tour guide because it doesn't seem so intrusive on the day to day lives of the residents there.

Re: Soweto Tours

by nora_south_africa

I have not been on this tour but the people who have seems to have enjoyed the tour... do organised tour, do not attempt this on your own steam.

Travel Tips for Johannesburg

Human Rights Day

by Moirads

South Africa is very proud of its wonderful new constitution which protects the human rights of all its citizens regardless of sex, colour, creed or orientation. The Bill of Rights is one of the cornerstones of democracy in South Africa.

Our Constitution provided for the establishment of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) which was launched on 21 March 1996, 35 years after the fateful events of 21 March 1960 when demonstrators in Sharpeville were gunned down by police, drawing the attention of the world to the evils of apartheid.

The Native Laws Amendment Act of 1952 extended Government control over the movement of black people to urban areas and abolished the use of the Pass Book (a document which Africans were required to carry on them to ‘prove’ that they were allowed to enter a ‘white area’) in favour of a reference book which had to be carried at all times by all black people. Failure to produce the reference book on demand by the police was a punishable offence. The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) proposed an anti-Pass campaign to start on 21 March 1960. All black men were to take part in the campaign without their passes and present themselves for arrest.

Campaigners gathered at police stations in townships near Johannesburg where they were dispersed by police. At the Sharpeville police station a scuffle broke out. Part of a wire fence was trampled, allowing the crowd to move forward. The police opened fire, apparently without having been given a prior order to do so. Sixty-nine people were killed and 180 wounded. In apartheid South Africa this day became known as Sharpeville Day and although not part of the official calendar of public holidays the event was commemorated among anti-apartheid movements.

In the post 1994 democratic South Africa this day has been declared a public holiday which allows us, as a people, to celebrate our constitution which protects the human rights of all its citizens.

When a public holiday in South Africa falls on a Sunday the following Monday becomes a public holiday, making it a long weekend.

Feedback on park and ride to Soccer City

by CatherineReichardt

For those coming to Johannesburg for World Cup soccer games who want to consider alternatives to the free train option (see other travel tips), I also have had good feedback on the 'park and ride' arrangements to Soccer City.
The comments I've heard are that the Constitution Hill 'park and ride' is preferable to that at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), because the parking is under cover and the walking distances are less - although both alternatives are apparently working well. Concerns about the buses getting held up in traffic have been largely alleviated by establishing dedicated bus lanes on the highway to the venues, which allow the buses to progress unimpeded even if there is heavy traffic. There are also apparently 'plenty of buses', so the waiting times are fairly short.
If you want to use a 'park and ride', bear in mind that this is a paying service, and costs R50 per head (return) - as opposed to the train, which is free if you have a match ticket. More importantly, 'park and ride' tickets need to be purchased in advance from Computicket - there are Computicket outlets in every main shopping centre, and you can book online at www.computicket.co.za, although tickets need to be picked up in person in advance of travel (and there are no Computicket outlets at either Constitution Hill or Wits). No ticket, no ride, so get yourself organised! Thermal underwear and plenty of layers of warm clothing if you're going to a night game, and, most important of all, earplugs to survive the audio onslaught of massed vuvuzelas!

Joburg nightclubs

by jonah1 about All

Joburg has quite a vibrant nightlife clubwise over the weekends and there is quite a diverse offering in terms of clubs ad crowds out there. People in Joburg love to party and you shouldn't have much trouble finding a spot to have some fun. I am including a link to a website dedicated to clubs in Joburg etc - worth a look as the scene is constantly changing and what may be happening today could be over tommorow.

A few of my favourite hangouts (clubs and bars): Colourbar, Cool Runnings, Tokyo Star, Unplugged, Six, Carfax, Fuel Cafe, Songwriters Club, 115, The Red Room SA is pretty relaxed over all but Joburg tends to be a little bit more "dressy" depending where you go

Upmarket African food

by AndreSTGT about Gramadoelas Restaurant

African specialities from Cape to Cairo is the motto of this fantastic restaurant in Jo'burgs Newtown precinct. Gramadoelas is the place where celebrities dine when they visit Jo'burg. The guest list includes Mandela, Hillary Clinton and Catherine Deneuve... but don't worry, everybody is welcome to dine there and the evening we visited we were the only guests in the extravagant dining-hall filled with souvenirs from all over Africa. We were treated like V.I.Ps, the food was outstanding and prices reasonable. When you're in Jo'burg you just have to eat there once! Mains range from 35R (crocodile) to 150R (king prawns).
Be sure to order Kneffa for dessert. It's a Moroccan speciality and tastes divine!!!

The best beef of Africa

by Alpha_Ghana about The Butcher

always crowdy since meat is so good.
make reservation
You are in a kind of butcher shop and a wine cellar. You eat in a cellar with thousands bottles of wine around you. tender beef meat you even don't need teeth to eat

My favourite: the snails in garlic butter cream served in a kind of dry pancake in the form of a tulip, as a starter.
Then, the beefsteak grilled with broken dry black pepper.


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