The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes – Marcel Proust
Johannesburg, my heart, I love this city so much! Its energy, youthfulness and creative spirit speak to my soul. It’s a city of contrasts and colour, a city of heritage, art and a little chaos.
#SeeSA through new lenses
I’m probably one of Joburg’s biggest ambassadors and super passionate about showing people my South Africa. I’m so over the negativity surrounding Joburg (I’m looking at you Capetonians!), it’s time to start looking at the city afresh. So when the folks at The Stylista asked me to show them Joburg through my lenses, as part of their #SeeSA campaign with Smith Eyewear, I was super excited.
With so many cool creative spaces to explore in Jozi, I decided to focus on the Joburg CBD, Yeoville & Berea’s Ponte City, areas of Johannesburg often misunderstood and misrepresented.
Epic Joburg views from Ponte City’s Dlala 5101
We started off the day at Dlala 5101, the new events venue on the 51st floor of Ponte City. Our guide, Gilbert, told us about the fascinating history of this iconic building – from it being one of the most desirable places to live when it was built, to becoming an urban slum to its current status as a residential complex.
After taking in the epic views of the Jozi from Dlala 5101, we headed into the “core” of Ponte, a post apocalyptic space, that has been used as a film set for dystopian movies Judge Dread, Chappie and Resident Evil – The Final Chapter. Of course I had to jump!
Next up we headed to an authentic Cameroonian fish lunch, prepared by the lovely Blanche, the chef at La Camerounaise in Yeoville. The fish was grilled on the fire and served with a spicy sauce. I left with a happy belly!
If you’d like to experience this, I highly recommend Dlala Nje’s The Taste of Yeoville food tour.
Skateboarding Jozi with City Skate tours
I’d been on tours with Dlala Nje before, but the part of the day I anticipated the most was a newly launched skateboarding tour of inner city Jozi.
Of course I have no idea how to skate, but the guys at City Skate Tours were super patient, and within a short time I got the hang of the basics! The tour took us through Marshalltown in downtown Jozi, where I learnt the skating basics on the the quieter back streets.
My #SeeSA Smith eyewear experience
Throughout the day I got to try out a range of Smith sunglasses and prescription eyewear. I’ve been wearing prescription glasses since I was 12, and I always look forward to getting a new pair of frames.
I appreciate high quality prescription glasses and sunglasses and if I could afford it I’d have my own collection, in a range of different colours and shapes! What impressed me was the quality of Smith’s eyewear and the funky frames on offer. I liked that they durable and trendy – perfect for a traveller.
I also got to choose a pair to keep! It was super hard to choose but I eventually decided on this funky mulberry tortoise-shell style.
Check out the video below for more on my Smith Eyewear SeeSA experience.