Yeoville-Bellevue, a neighbourhood of six suburbs to the north east of the Joburg CBD, is almost as old as the City of Gold itself. First established in 1889, it has a rich cultural, social, political and architectural history that is directly tied to the development of Johannesburg from a small mining town into a sprawling global city.
The area has been through many transformations, most recently into a multi-national precinct which is home to people from more than 30 different African countries. It is an edgy, uncomfortable, challenging place bursting with life and energy.
Nobody knows the neighbourhood better than Maurice Smithers, a long-time resident and community activist. Join him on this walk which will take you from the end of the 19th century to the beginnings of the 21st, through what is possibly the most interesting ‘new’ suburb to have emerged out of post-apartheid Johannesburg.
Meet: Maurice Smithers
Park: Yeoville Community School, Muller Street (between Cavendish and Bedford Roads)
Time: 1.00 pm – NOTE EARLY START TIME!
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Cost: R100 for members and R150 for non-members – including traditional Ethiopian coffee
Maximum No: 40
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