Tours & Events

COVID-19

Faced with the advent of the COVID-19 Variant and in response to requests for these virtual tours and talks to continue, we have compiled a new programme for the first quarter of 2021 taking place mostly on Saturday afternoons except for the very last one which will be presented on Sunday 29 March.

We do need to bring in more money, so the price has been raised to R60 per talk for members and R`100 for non-members, but we are offering a special deal whereby booking for all 11 tours gets you one FREE!   So, for members R600 brings the bonus tour and for non-members R1000 gives you the bonus tour.

Please bear in mind that the work of the Foundation continues so our staff need to be paid and together with membership fees this will be our main source of income if another lockdown is imposed.  Where possible staff will be working from home in accordance with the regulations for Level 3.

Please contact Eira on for now on +27 (11) 482-3349.

Our Tours

Virtual Tours

Faced with the advent of the COVID-19 Variant and in response to requests for these virtual tours and talks to continue, we have compiled a new programme for the first quarter of 2021 taking place mostly on Saturday afternoons except for the very last one which will be presented on Sunday 29 March.

We do need to bring in more money, so the price has been raised to R60 per talk for members and R`100 for non-members, but we are offering a special deal whereby booking for all 11 tours gets you one FREE!   So, for members R600 brings the bonus tour and for non-members R1000 gives you the bonus tour.

Please bear in mind that the work of the Foundation continues so our staff need to be paid and together with membership fees this will be our main source of income if another lockdown is imposed.  Where possible staff will be working from home in accordance with the regulations for Level 3.

Please contact Eira on +27 (11) 482-3349.

Where We Are Now

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Tours & Events

JOHANNESBURG HERITAGE FOUNDATION

VIRTUAL TOURS AND TALKS

FIRST QUARTER PROGRAMME – JANUARY TO MARCH  2021

February 2021

A Virtual tour of Noordgesig

Saturday 6th by Lavinia Otto Williams

Depicted in glorious colours the community artists have almost erased the bleakness of their apartheid past, celebrating the personalities and achievements which defied anonymity. Our guide Lavinia is one of those artists and herself a resident who has discovered her talent through the inspiration of local history.

The story of Cape Town’s Water Part 1: Wagenaer to Union.

Saturday 13th by Kevin Wall      

Cape Town’s problem with water supply dates back centuries and Kevin Wall himself an engineer who is rather proud of the achievements of his forebears in that field, will take us back to the solutions that worked for a while but had to be expanded as the population grew and grew.

 

The 1922 Strike on the East Rand

Saturday 20th      SJ de Klerk 

Although Fordsburg is better known as the final redoubt of the militant strikers, the first indications that the miners’ strike was turning into a violent revolt, appeared when the Police fired on strikers in Boksburg.  Our guide SJ will introduce you to those tumultuous days on the East Rand.

 

Observatory Ridge: A stunning Heritage Area

Saturday 27th by Brendan and Yasmin  

This was the site of the 1904 building designed by Herbert Baker later known as the Union Observatory and succeeded by the dramatic Telescope building. There is an officers Mess built flat pack style from India and the talk combines the history of Astronomy in JOHANNESBURG with a Conservation Management Plan for all heritage buildings on the ridge site.

March 2021

The Temple Facade of Wits University’s Central Block:

Saturday 6th by William Martinson          

Design, Construction, History and Restoration. Sadly this iconic face of Wits is in decline and graduation ceremonies had to be moved to another venue where proud families attending would not be endangered by falling masonry. William, who is a highly respected Conservation Architect from the Eastern Cape and himself an alumnus of Wits, is involved in the restoration.  Hopefully by the time he talks to us it will all have been safely restored.

Pride of Place

Saturday 13th by David Fleminger              

We’ll take a look at all of South Africa’s fascinating World Heritage Sites – collectively telling a story that spans billions of years. From ancient rocks to asteroid impacts, from early humans to the first kingdom in southern Africa, from colonialism to fynbos, it’s a whirlwind journey into who we are as South Africans and what this country means to the world.

The Dramatic Struggle Heritage of Dube

20th March Dave by Gurney & Cheche Selepe           

Dube was intended to be suburb where black people could choose their site and build their houses to their own design using local builders from the tertiary college nearby.  It became home to the many free spirits who took up the cudgels for Freedom. We start in Pioneer Street with two doctors, Dr AB Xhuma, and Dr Nthato Motlana, not forgetting Mama Sally Motlana, Duma Nokwe, struggle dramatist Gibson Kente, Andrew Mlangeni, his adversary in the PAC Potlako Leballo and just beyond Dube the home of Robert Sobukwe ending with Ellen Kuzwayo.

 

Johannesburg’s synagogues both Past and Present

28Th March Sunday by Brian McKechnie     

This tour combines the history of a pioneering community with the architectural development and move to the north. Many of our synagogues have changed to churches and some to mosques. Retaining the use by another religion has meant saving this significant built heritage of early Johannesburg.

 

NB The programme may be subject to change without notice. We live in uncertain times.

Special Offer:

MEMBERS SPECIAL OFFER – Pay R 600.00 Upfront for all 11 Virtual Tours & Get One Free.
NON-MEMBERS SPECIAL OFFER – Pay R 1,000 Upfront for all 11 Virtual Tours & Get One Free.
Non-Members – If you would like to Join and become a Member to benefit from the Member Discounts, you can join now and let your discount pay for your Membership.

Please e-mail Eira on: mail@joburgheritage.co.za for details.

Please read the latest Newsletter or Visit the Website for more details on the up coming tours!

NB The programme may be subject to change without notice. We live in uncertain times.

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