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30 August 2016 12:57 (South Africa)
Life, etc

Johannesburg in photos: On the block of gentrification

  • Greg Nicolson
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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

  • Life, etc
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Pockets of Johannesburg’s CBD are being redeveloped bringing together tsotsis and taverns with hipsters and professionals. In photos, GREG NICOLSON explores the dynamic Maboneng area and its surrounding blocks, crossing streets from one world to another. While the area is gentrified, creating blocks of trendy apartment buildings, restaurants and stores, it’s only a pocket on the dilapidated edge between the CBD and Jeppe which both interacts with and separates itself from its surrounds.

Photo: On Sundays the area hosts a market at Arts on Main, offering gourmet food and drinks as well as chic clothing.


Photo: The market is popular with both Maboneng locals and visitors from other areas of Johannesburg.

Photo: A man takes a picture on his iPhone of boys and their BB guns. Security is high in the area and people feel comfortable flashing their phones and cameras despite the area being in town, often considered dangerous.