Naming Jozi walking tour
A walking tour with Jo Buitendach
Sat, 17/11/2018 - 09:00
Date: Saturday, 17 November, 2018 Time: 09:00 for 9:30 Sharp!
Meet at: Big Giant Brewery, No 1 Fox Precinct, Fox Street, Johannesburg
Parking: Safe parking is available at No 1 Fox Street, entrance in Anderson Street. Map will be sent to participants.
Lunch: Join us at a reserved table at The Sheds to eat your lunch purchased at your own cost at one of the various market stalls.
Bring: Hat, water bottle, walking shoes, sunblock, sunglasses, rain gear
Charge: Non-members: R120, members R90
Booking is essential: Contact Anita Arnott, Email firstname.lastname@example.org / tel. 011 795 4056
Naming Jozi is Jo’s latest walking tour that explores the area around No 1 Fox Street, which was once the hub of mining activity in Johannesburg and contains many iconic buildings from that era. Jo enables us to learn about Johannesburg’s and South Africa’s history on this walking tour by looking at the names given to streets, buildings and places. For example, who was Mary Fitzgerald? How did Newtown get its name? Why Diagonal Street? Jo will also tell us about the stories behind some of the newest post-1994 name changes and about the plans to uplift the area. This is a great walk for anyone who loves their city as it includes a look at regeneration, public art and street art. As it is a Saturday we can take it slowly and the walk will be no more than 2 kilometres.
Jo Buitendach studied archaeology at the University of Witwatersrand where in her honours year in 2008 she won the “Van Riet Lowe Top Student Award”. Jo then trained as a tour guide and started Past Experiences, a tour operator that focuses on Johannesburg Inner City Walking tours. Last year, Jo graduated with a Master’s from the University of Cape Town's faculty of Architecture and Planning in “Conservation of the Built Environment”. The topic of her thesis was the “Heritage Value of Graffiti, with a focus on the historic graffiti at Constitution Hill’s Number Four Prison”. In October 2015 Jo was featured in the Guardian Newspapers “10 Of the World’s Best Tour Guides” feature. She is hugely passionate about the Johannesburg CBD, graffiti, its communities, culture, buildings and history.