Sunday, July 30, 2006

Joubert Park Part I

Joubert Park was one of the first open spaces for Johannesburg's inner city, proclaimed in 1906 but planned in 1887 and named after Boer War hero, Commandant-General PJ Joubert. It used to be a place where the city council put up Christmas lights, where choirs would sing Christmas carols . . . nowadays it's just a slum with squatters living there... First, a picture from the Old South Africa, showing what Joubert Park USED to look like...
And then what it looks like today:




17 Comments:

Blogger factory_peasant said...

looks seriously depressing and filthy. what's the rest of the city like? same kind of urban decay?

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is 100% African HELL

This is the result of the work of "progressive" liberals.

4:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this Johannesburg?

It could have been any other African city.

Then people tell you SA will NEVER get like the rest of Africa!

4:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is the town planner?

4:16 AM  
Anonymous Africa Addio said...

The international liberal fools used to complain that under 'evil' apartheid blacks weren't allowed to sit or loiter in city parks.

Such heartless tyranny..!

Now whites cant even get near whats left of the parks they created without getting mugged or worse..!! This doesnt concern these same liberals at all, as along as blacks have 'equality'.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

It is such a pity to see such a wonderful park destroyed. I moved from Rhodesia to South Africa in 1978 and our first accomodation was in Koch Street, Joubert Park. The caretake used to wash down the pavements every Friday morning with a hose and Jeys fluid. It was a really wonderful place to live. I had no problem every morning walking to Plein Street to catch the bus to school. Now you would not dare to put you foot out the door.

I am really distressed as to how the New South Africans have managed to destroy everything that is wonderful.

Logic would have it that when things are handed to you on a platter, look after it, but no. We will have no history or magnificence left, the New South Africans will see to that, and then still beg for more as the "Previously Disadvantaged" even though they are now the "Advantaged" they still want handouts.

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i cant even see a park. Is there a park behind all that rubbish. ???? We should rub it in their faces by sending pictures like the Apartheid Joubert to Black newspapers. But the blacks will just find a way to blame whites.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about windy brow area? i would like to see pictures of that area

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahem... how sad. Anyways, I was mugged and robbed of my R100 cellphone the other day (last Friday, don't know the date... today is Tuesday 01 August 2006. Anyway, so I was standing there and this coloured person came up to me and I thought: "What the hell" and I was still speaking with my one friend on the phone and the moment I hang up he just bloody went crazy. How barbaric. Luckily some drivers by saw the incident and followed him as he ran through the streets and the one guy drove into him so he fell there and then they brought me back my phone and told me to dial 911 but I never because I just thought: "That bastard". Now anyway, that was odd and I was in trauma for like the whole weekend. How pathetic...

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pretty trashy.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at these pictures I immidiately think to myself, "THESE are the people they say are our EQUALS???"

3:27 AM  
Blogger mjb said...

It's clear by these photos, that Johannesburg needs a miracle to clean up its act. While lawmakers are pushing liberal values at the ideological level it is clear that this push is blinding them from taking direct action to clean up what used to be a vibrant city core...

Meanwhile, thousands of educated South Africans are fleeing their country monthly due to constant fear of crime.

While a lot of the crime is currently being committed by those permanently scarred by the injustices of the apartheid, the SA government has a responsibility to the next generation of South Africans to ensure they will grow up in relatively safe surroundings...and not have to be behind a gate to ensure it.

3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whay happened to Sunday picnics in Joubertpark? I can't believe this. I used to live there.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was Joubertpark. Heart breaking stuff.

2:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, as a white south african i remember the good ol days, man was it good, walk to hillbrow and the city centre, catch a few movies have lunch,and dinner, a few drinks and walk home after midnight without any incident, if you like i can send a few pics of where i live looks like , ha what a joke, i dont even think pigs live and behave in such a disgusting manner,the ruling majority will amount to nothing.You make me sick!!!!!!!!!!!

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is sad.use to go there as a child.it was beautiful.Now it's a shithole.everyone blames apartheid,but at least the whites didnt destroy the country when it wa happening.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Joubert Park as it's shown in the top photo and spent a lot of time there in the sixties, I lived just around the corner on Smit st.

Not to mention the fantastic Impala monument in town, Hillbrow and Berea. Going to the cinema on a Saturday afternoon or having a walk down the 'wilds'.

I left Jo'burg and SA in '68 and haven't been back since, though have wanted to.

But the stories of how the country and Hillbrow in particular have deteriorated has always been a huge deterent.

Having looked at the photo's on this blog with utter amazement and horror.

I always thought 'Apartheid' was wrong, then you see what's happened to since and you have to wonder.

As for the apologist's theory of every city in every country has it's own Hillbrow.........bullshit.

10:42 PM  

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