Visiting Soweto

Visiting Soweto - Transformation

"You don't need to go on a tour of Soweto, I'll show you around", Paddy told me as we sat and chatted on Sunday night at the Ratz Bar in Johannesburg. Paddy introduced himself earlier in the night, asking if I would take a photograph of him and his mate David. "Would you please take [...]

Glen Afric Country Lodge

Glen Afric Country Lodge

"This is where they filmed 'Wild At Heart'", I was told on several times throughout the day. As I don't watch a lot of television, I occasionally find myself confused by some popular culture references. As I understood it, "Wild At Heart" was a film made in 1990, starring Nicholas Cage, which had nothing to [...]

Our Daily Bread

Fresh made bread

I don't think I'll ever eat white bread again. As much as I've read about it, and as much as I know instinctively it's not a good idea to consume highly processed food, I still eat white bread on a daily basis for two simple reasons: white bread freezes and toasts well. Over breakfast, though, [...]

Lots To Talk About

Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

In contrast to the last couple of days, I never wandered very far today from the place where I'm staying at Meville, Johannesburg. After breakfast, I stayed indoors, spending most of the morning in preparation for my presentations at the Radio Days Jo'burg Conference, being held at Wits University Radio Academy over the next few [...]

Apartheid Museum, Jo’burg

Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

“You see that building in front of us?”, the taxi driver said to me. As I looked ahead at the large, non-descript building, he told me, “It was a prison and during the days of apartheid, they used to keep political prisoners in there. They would torture them and often throw them out of the [...]

Hello Johannesburg

Sophiatown Bar, Johannesburg

There's a sign on the wall of the Sophiatown Bar which tells you a little about the history of the area of Johannesburg where I'm staying. The sign tells you Sophiatown was one of the few places in South Africa where blacks were allowed to own land. Unlike other areas, where the housing was very [...]