Monday, March 2, 2009

I heart Jozi

I've written about my love for Joburg - the City of Gold - before! And I thought, today i'll post the comment and a bit more which I left to an article by Jeremy Clarkson: I dare you to visit Johannesburg, the city for softies which i found on Nic Haralambous' site SA Rocks.

I moved to Joburg from Cape Town 8 months ago. Everyone in Jozi and Cape Town asked if I was crazy!!!! I always reply… Dude (just for effect), there is more to life than the ocean and the mountain! Now for those of you not familiar with Cape Town, it is a beautiful city indeed - with its mountains, beaches, winefarms, cheese festivals, and music in the park on a sunday afternoon.

I came to Jozi (mosly known for its high crime rate and smog) on holiday - yes, on holiday - to visit my best friends who took the plunge to live in the most dangerous city in the country. I loved it. I fell in love with the vibe, the people, the shopping, the energy, the vibrance and the beauty of this city. Yes, i said it - the beauty. Have you gone for a picnic at Zoo lake? Have you seen the sky line at night? Have you listened to the birds on Katherine street - chirping like they’ve just seen their first sunrise, and the afternoon thunderstorm, and amazing chrimson sunsets?

The cosmopolitain restaurants, the Mandela square side walk cafes filled with eclectic people, the amazing vibe at any cricket and rugby match, and the fashionista's you see in every shopping mall and coffee shop! And of course, the twitter/blogger get together's! What is there NOT to love?

Jozi is phenomenal… i came here mainly for a career move, and settling in has taken some time, but even been broken into, and robbed more than once in this short period of time, i’m not going to let that get me down. It’s all about the attitude and perception. Make the best of wherever you are!

Read about beautiful joburg and 5 things that make me smile! No matter where you find yourself, be positive and don't feed the negativity that everyone so easily buys into. When there is so much to be grateful and thankful for and happy about, focus on that!

I heart Jozi!


  • There are only 12 countries in the world that supply tap water that is fit to drink, and South Africa is one of them. Our tap water quality is third best overall in the world.
  • South Africa is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz, C Class, right hand drive vehicles
  • South Africa has the third highest level of biodiversity in the world
  • Walt Disney serves South African wine exclusively at its 73-acre Animal Kingdom Lodge in the United States.
  • South Africa is the only country in the world where you can order something called monkey gland steak at a restaurant without the risk of a real internal organ being placed before you.
  • South Africa has the longest wine route in the world, the R62 wine route
  • South Africa is the world's largest producer of macadamia nuts and the nuts and oils are exported to countries across the world ***
  • The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prize winners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses in Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
  • South Africa has the oldest meteor scar in the world, just across the Vaal River near Parys, called the Vredefort Dome. The meteor plummeted to Earth nearly two billion years ago (Earth is said to be 4,5 billion years old), predating the heady days of oxygen and multi-celled life.

facts from AfriCorrs

*** from @nickjackson (on twitter)

I think SA is the 2nd largest supplier of macadamia nuts, after oz and ahead of Hawaii.

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Janine / Being Brazen said...

That Jeremy Clarkson article was so great - very funny.

Carlinn said...

So glad you are happy there! :) Sounds like you are having so much fun. Love the facts i didnt know any of them!

po said...

I know almost nothing about jozi, it is a foreign place to me. I would like to get to know it a bit more.

Louisa said...

It's so refreshing to read something so positive about JHB for a change - good to have you here! :-)

mylifescape said...

BB - yes! it was a really good article

Hey Superficialgirl - I'm having a blast - miss CT loads, esp camps bay ;p but Joburg fits me like a glove!!

Po - Jozi REALLY isn't as bad as people make it out to be. The people are fabulous and so friendly and there is SO much fun to be had!

8 year - wow MM that is a good chunk of time! I think that those who don't like Joburg or have something bad to say about it, haven't even been here in years... boo to them! Put your hands up for Jozi - I love this city!

Thanks Louisa! Meeting you girls was so great - you really have made a positive impact on my Jozi experience, and its so awesome to have the faces behind the blogs! Hope 2 c u soon!

Champagne Heathen said...

If you love Jozi skylines, you MUST get to the Troyville hotel... for prawns in beer!! Mmmm!!!

I think the SA quality has slipped in the past few years. Rumour has it & all. But it is parts of SA, not all. And I still enjoying being able to drink straight from the tap!

mylifescape said...

thanks, i'll look up Troyville hotel - LOVE prawns! Yep, service isn't always what it should be, but at least we have great people to share it with hey! hahaaa


boldly benny said...

Really loved this - having a hard time hearting Jozi at the moment so perhaps I needed to read this!

Champagne Heathen said...

Hmm - I see I forgot the word "water" in the second part of my comment there. That word might help a great deal in understanding WTF I was on about. "water" quality.