- Posted December 20, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Johannesburg: South Africa’s powerhouse
In 2009 I traveled to South Africa with a group of undergraduate journalists to report on racial tension and reconstruction. I and nine other young women visited government agencies, museums, townships and non-profits to gauge the post-Apartheid atmosphere.
Johannesburg in 2009 was so vivid. Yes, it could be dusty and overcrowded at times, but the city and its people vibrated with color and life. These photos reflect the deep history embedded in the infrastructure of the city and its surrounding areas.
Photos as appear in order:
Children run up the steps of Constituiton Hill in Braamfontein Johannesburg on their way home from school. It is beautiful to see the old and new combined here, to see youth playing where once there was so much injustice.
In the waiting area of the Constitutional Court. The court was built with new materials and old fort materials to remind South Africa of its dark past and the need for a more transparent government.
Looking through exhibit glass at the Women's Gaol on Constitution Hill.
Downtown traffic in Johannesburg.
Art in the courtyard outside of the Fuunda Community College in Soweto. The college was founded in 1984 in response to the inaccessibility of visual art training for black South Africans during apartheid.
Inside the Regina Mundi - one of South Africa's largest Roman Catholic churches. It was built in 1961 and is known as "the people's church" because of its role in the anti-apartheid struggle. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu presided over the Truth and Reconciliation Comission here as well.
The Orlando Power Station towers in Soweto.
A pillar of "Freedom" ouside the Apartheid Museum in Ormonde Johannesburg.