Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank
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We arrived in Johannesburg from Sydney, late in the day, after a 14 hour QANTAS flight.
It is the largest city in South Africa and the provincial capital of Gauteng.
Johannesburg was established in 1886, following the discovery of gold on a farm and it is now the world's largest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline.
... were far too many of them to bury individually so they were buried in mass graves and marked by painted stones.
We had a Zulu guide, Dalton by name, whose great great grandfather was part of the battle. He really brought the whole thing to life and certainly new his history and dates, but livened it all up with some interesting, and funny, dialogue. The museums were interesting too, but again we had too little time to really appreciate and take them in.
... the underlying soil and rock strata, which is where they first spotted gold. Joburg grew from a few thousand to 100,000 in about 9 years (maybe faster, I'm trying to not make this stuff up.)
Interesting the presence of that ancient meteor crater right in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind - perhaps the source of theories that basic lifeforms began here after transport from space!
Quick thoughts: Crossing ...
... re for the people on the waiting list for a house in
Soweto. An annoyingly American couple joined me on the tour with our guide
who’s lived his whole life in Soweto. He drove us past Nelson and Winnie
Mandela’s house, explained the pass laws and took us to a museum
commemorating the 1976 uprising. This fascinating and moving place was a
tribute to student power and the students that died during an uprising in
Soweto. It was eventually ...