Maps Maponyane – I Love Good Art And Good Food


By Joburg Post

Q: What is your favourite hangout spot in Joburg and why?
A:
I have a number of favourite hangout spots in Joburg, so I hope this isn’t cheating but I would have to make it an Area, and that would probably be the new Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank and the attractions that surround it. I love it because it offers something for everyone, be it food, design, lifestyle with a focus on the arts. I’m art obsessed and the entire district is surrounded by art galleries, restaurants with great food and is a much needed addition to the Joburg arts and culture scene.
Q: What are your favourite things to do in joburg ?
A:
My favourite things to do in Joburg are to visit galleries around the city, find the restaurants with the best food, enjoy a day at the Botanical gardens with friends, play golf with friends at the various courses the city has to offer, and get lost in its night life in Braamfontein, and Maboneng.
Q: Who are two most favourite Joburg residents for you and why?
A: Hmm…Good question. I’d have to say Hugh Masekela because of the incredible man that he is and the wonderful contribution that he has made to the music industry in South Africa as well as jazz worldwide. My other favourite resident would be artist William Kentridge because I have a massive fan of his for years and despite being one of the world’s biggest artists he continues to focus on developing young artists in the city.
Q: What's your earliest memory of the city?
A:
For some reason driving with my dad car in the traffic and seeing all the tall buildings and the city skyline on the highway… Coming from Soweto, it felt like another world.

Q: What's your favourite iconic feature about the city?
A:
The Ponte City Tower
Q: What makes the city special for you?
A:
The heart, the pace, the people, the diversity, and the constant change. Joburg and Joburgers are never still for too long.

Q: What is a must do and see in Joburg?
A: A Sunday at Vilakazi street to see the heart of the city’s people (the Sowetans), visit Mandela’s house, and eat the best traditional cuisine in the country at the various local restaurants.
Q: What's the most underrated place in the city? Your hidden gem.
A: Definitely the surrounding areas of the Maboneng Precinct with street art, restaurants in places you wouldn’t expect in a raw Johannesburg atmosphere, it’s certainly an adventure.

–JP

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