Description of Book:
To stroll through Johannesburg’s parks, nature reserves, and cemeteries is to catch a glimpse of the history of South Africa. An iron furnace on Melville Koppies attests to the city’s early Tswana residents. The Boer farmhouses in Bez Valley and Klipriviersberg were built long before the city itself, and the disused shafts in George Harrison Park continue to tell of the first discovery of payable gold.
Alfred Xuma, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Charlotte Maxeke, Hector Pieterson, Herman Charles Bosman, Nkosi Johnson, Walter and Albertina Sisulu are just some of the famous people buried in the 37 cemeteries spread around Johannesburg.
The Johannesburg Zoo, home to over 2000 animals from all over the world, started 110 years ago with a lion named Mac, a baboon, a leopard, a pair of monkeys, two antelopes, an eagle, a genet, a pair of porcupines and a giraffe.
Commissioned by Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, this book is the colourful story of the events and the people behind some of Johannesburg’s best-loved green spaces.
About the Author:
Lucille Davie has been writing about Johannesburg’s people, history and secrets for many years. She continues to explore its history in a monthly column for the Saturday Star, called Jozi Rewired.