Joburg's Newtown gets an electric makeover

#29. Take a trip into Newtown to see the “new” Turbine Hall. In the mid-1990s I used to walk from the Sunday Times’ offices in the Diamond Building in Diagonal Street, to the West Street Parking Arcade. Diagonal Street was a blur of noise and colour, shweshwe fabrics and leopard print blankets, Converse high tops and dried monkey skins at the muti shop, with  traders hanging out on the street outside their stores.

By contrast the Turbine Hall, Joburg’s first power station, dating back to 1927, stood derelict Continue reading