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Streets of Joburg

Written by Brianna Smity

The hype and excitement that filled our streets during the 2010 World Cup needs not come to an end. As Joburg residents, we should keep that same zesty spirit alive and continue to explore more of our own city.

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The festive season is fast approaching and preparations to spend a week at the coast is on most of our check lists, however, before ticking all the boxes of where to stay and what to do we should have a look in the host city’s own back yard.

September marks the month of spring as well as the month of tourism, so why not save yourself a planned trip to the Mother City and rediscover the gems that make Joburg an awesome city.

Turffontein Race Course

There is no need to wait for the J&B Met in Cape Town or the Durban July to go to the races. Turffontein race track is one of the oldest horse-racing venues in South Africa, built in 1887. Horse racing has a huge following in South Africa and the history of racing can be traced back to as early as the 17th century. Set in the southern suburbs of Johannesburg, with a variety of food and drink to enjoy keeping your spirits high for the entire day Turffontein is the place to be. The excitement doesn’t end when the sun goes down, as Turffontein is also set to become a night-racing venue. Turffontein has undergone a major refurbishment and the opening of an awesome new sports bar is on the cards.

Mama Tembo’s

Exuding colour and funk, Mama’s puts the chic into shabeen. Situated on 4th Avenue, Linden, it is not your typical township area but rather the traditional sound and food, with a touch of the fabulous, that makes Mama Tembo’s so unique and appealing.

The food on offer is traditional in all things South African from pap and stew to items on the menu only for the brave, such as Mopani worms and sometimes even chicken feet. The décor is eccentric but in an African type of style. The kitsch nick knacks, such as the old irons on the tables, zebra painted walls and OMO washing powder branding accentuates the shebeen culture.

Browns

Once an old farmhouse, Browns is considered a Johannesburg landmark. Situated in the heart of Rivonia, the pristine restaurant boasts one of the finest wine cellars in the country, as well as offering total serenity in its private gardens.

Browns is a debonair restaurant, offering exclusivity for the who’s who of Jozi. Browns boasts a French Cheese room adding to its uniqueness, allowing diners to choose from over 30 varieties of international cheeses. Browns is intimate yet suave and swanky for a business luncheon. Style and supreme-quality service can only be found at Browns.

About the author

Brianna Smity

Hey! My name is Brianna Smity and I'm majoring in Integrative Public Relations and minoring in Multimedia Design at University of Southern California (usc.edu). I love drawing and painting and I spend a lot of my time outdoors, more specifically on the water. I love to paddle board, boat, kayak, rollerblade, and bike. I LIVE for dogs and I would own 500 if I could. I have a black lab puppy named Luna and I miss her everyday I'm here at CMU. I love to listen to music, my taste is pretty diverse, but I am especially into 90s pop and alternative. My guilty pleasure is watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians, yes I know, but I am ADDICTED. My ultimate goal is to hopefully run social media platforms for a large company such as Victoria's Secret or Kylie Cosmetics.

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