The Residents Association and Crime Prevention Forum met on 29 January for the first meeting of the year.
We learned from Constable Khoza that there were only 7 crimes reported in Sophiatown over the festive period. Great work Sophiatown SAPS!!
Join us at the NG Kerk (corner of Edwards and Gold) for the next meeting on Tuesday, 26 February! Everyone who lives in Sophiatown is welcome!
A lesson for all of us from the movie night at the park:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Find Sophiatown on Facebook: "Faces of Sophiatown" http://www.facebook.com/groups/335577263194695/?ref=ts
African Beauty Fashion Show "Wamuhle umu Africa"
Date: 25 October 2012
Place: West Rand Primary school, Corner 3rd Avenue and Thonton Road, Westdene
More information: Mbali 0797107638
Sophiatown Heritage & Cultural Centre
NEW EXHIBIT: Lenasia residents who previously lived in old Sophiatown!Sof’townians from Lenasia feature in a new photographic exhibition that opened on Heritage Day and will remain until the end of the year. This traces the experiences of families who were removed in the 1960s and forced to live in army barracks on the edge of Lenasia for up to four years, before being allocated proper housing. In contrast to the removals to Soweto, no housing had been prepared to receive these families driven out of their homes. The exhibition adds to our understanding that loss and confusion was shared by all groups caught in the ‘Western Area removals’ which were the first in urban South Africa.
For more information: Katlego Gabashane
Tel: 011 673 1271
The first family MOVIES IN SOPHIATOWN evening went off well (after some initial projector problems)! Approximately 30 people came out to enjoy "The Lorax" on a nice spring evening.
Keep checking back for news of the next movie night!
The Sophiatown Cooking Club is launching their first cookbook - with 80 pages of recipes and stories. If you'd like to view or order a book (R80), please contact Naomi (0835165860) for more information.
Neighbour Hood Peoples Market
Melville Recreation Centre
Rustenburg Rd & 9th Street
Time 9:00 - 2:00
The market offers you an opportunity to display your, eco-friendly products, organic foods, natural and proudly SA goodies, African art or your hand-made creations.
ALSO Food, Cakes and confectionary of all sorts, Flowers, Clothes-old and new, Sweets, Fruit and Vegetables, Samoosas, Kooksisters, Raw Honey, Spices, Jewellery, AND many other items.
If you are interested in setting up a stall, to sell or just to show case your services
Call: 082 418 3347 or firstname.lastname@example.org
YOGA IN SOPHIATOWN
ENERGISE , INVIGORATE , OVERCOME LIMITATIONS , RE-CUPERATE ,
ENJOY THE STILLNESS.
Don't let stress compromise your health.
Putting time aside to counteract the effects of stress can bring the rewards of good health and increased creativity..
Yoga is an effective tool to help you meet the challenges of emotional and postural stress.
- Yoga works on the Skeletal, Muscular, Respiratory, Cardiovascular and Digestive Systems.
- Breathing techniques create focus and provide emotional release.
- Yoga Nidra (Deep relaxation) is a unique combination of alertness and the deepest relaxation which takes the brain to the alpha state.
I practice an eclectic form of yoga drawing on various forms including Hatha, Kundalini and Iyengar.
Fees: R50.00 per class or
R170.00 pre-paid for 4 classes.
Place: Sophiatown Heritage & Cultural Centre.
For bookings -
Call: 011 673 1271 or 072 420 1701
The City of Johannesburg recently posted an article about Sophiatown: Sophiatown and its people
Sophiatown book project - Who and What is Sophiatown now?
Who lives in Sophiatown? Where do their families come from? Who spends time here? Does Sophiatown feel like a community? Which places are important in Sophiatown? What would make Sophiatown a better community or place?
Join us as members of the planning committee, as people working in groups on different topics - people, places, community - or as participants in activities to learn about others in the community and contribute towards a book being written by community members in conjunction with some UJ researchers in the Dept. of Historical Studies.
Come to an upcoming meeting or contact Karie for further information:
email@example.com or 078 042 8364/ 011 559 4763
SOPHIATOWN COOKING CLUB
Meets the 3rd Saturday of every month, 1pm at Christ the King. Members meet to swap recipes and stories, and to enjoy a yummy cooking demonstration. Bring a snack or beverage to contribute.
DATE : the 3rd Saturday of each month
TIME : 1:00pm
PLACE : Christ the King, Hall
CONTACT : Naomi 083 516 5860
Sophiatown 100: Motswako Celebration!
This year sees Sophiatown celebrating 100 years as a neighbourhood ï¿½ a mix of communities over a century, experiencing all the attendant richness and tragedy of life before, during and after apartheid.
The Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre (THMC) is launching the ï¿½Sophiatown 100: Motswako Celebration!ï¿½ year, both to commemorate what was lost, and to celebrate what has been possible, post 1994.
As host of the Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre, THMC is working with partners including local residents, former residents, the City of Joburg, the Dr A B Xuma Foundation, Henry Paine Architects, and others such as Local Studio, Bailey-Seippel Gallery, faith groups and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), to create a cultural and heritage micro-precinct linking the existing heritage site and former home of Dr A B Xuma, with an adjacent cultural centre and the other places of memory and heritage in the area.
Preparing for this initiative, THMC has consulted with residents and former residents, youth and other stakeholders in the first part of a three-phase process to develop the precinct vision. Today the report of the first phase consultation is published, along with the proposed brief to the architects, for further input from interested parties and those with links to this historic suburb. With the events planned for 2012, the new cultural centre development forms the backbone of the 100th anniversary year, supporting the revival of the spirit of Sophiatown and celebrating ï¿½the mixï¿½.
Sophiatown 100: Motswako Celebration!
ï¿½Motswakoï¿½, meaning ï¿½the mixï¿½ of people in Sophiatown , became its strength from the very earliest days, and particularly during the 1930-1955 years. As then, Sophiatown is once again possibly the most diverse suburb in the country, and the proposed ï¿½Motswakoï¿½ cultural centre is set to strengthen our ties as South Africans through celebrating the diversity of our people and their traditions as a permanent resource to the nation. Like other treasured memorials, monuments and cultural institutions, the new cultural centre will be a place of encounter for all people. Wherever you are from, youï¿½ll be welcomed in Sophiatown as an individual to experience the past, contribute to the present, and help build the future as a global citizen.
The ï¿½Motswakoï¿½ Project is supported internationally and locally: the first phase has been made possible by generous donations of time, money and expertise from an extensive network of individuals and organisations. THMC would particularly like to thank the team at Trace, for their early support of our vision, and the City of Jo'burg Department of Community Development, Directorate of Arts, Culture and Heritage ; National Heritage Council, the Coalition of Sites of Conscience( USA) and from the UK - Peter Chatterton, Douglas Board, Kandu,
Joel Joffe Trust , and all the former residents, young people, and local residents who have assisted us thus far.
The timetable for consultations, and for the yearï¿½s events, will be available on our website: http://trevorhuddleston.org and on local posters, through the media, and online events sites.
Once the design has been developed with community members, an exciting fundraising campaign will be launched to raise the R4m still needed to complete the R8m project. NLDTF have generously earmarked R4m towards the project.
More information: EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com