Friday, April 3, 2015

Out of danger: South Africa's hottest new urban destination

Maboneng, meaning 'place of light', is one of the most ambitious projects in fast-changing Johannesburg. Once a vast and dangerous wasteland of disused industrial spaces and warehouses, this 250-acre zone close to downtown has commissioned several dozen street murals and artworks. The precinct contains a complex of studios and galleries, artists’ lofts, mixed-use spaces, theater, makeshift shops in former shipping containers, bars, art galleries, hotel, loft apartments, the first micro brewery in the city, pop up restaurants selling food from all corners of Africa and and vibrant young people of all creeds and colours. There is a vibrant street market twice a week. Winsor Dobbin explores the new South Africa encapsulated in one district.

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