Saturday, July 29, 2006

A Drive Down Anderson Street

It used to be one of the main thoroughfares going into Johannesburg...







Above: Cormer Anderson and Von Welleigh Streets

28 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our boutique law firm, Harvey Nossel and Co once owned a flash building in Anderson street in the early 1980s, seems impossible to imagine from Australia in the 21st century. Seems like it was a dream

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, this is Africa and this is the way it goes. Dont like it, get out. I did 7 years ago and never gone back and will never go.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to shortcut through town on weekends, picking up mates from the airport or Eastgate, and to be fair, Anderson Street was already going this way as far back as 1991/2, well before our new gubbermint took over, and gave carte blanche for the rot to set in.

Essentially this is systemic to any major metropolis, as decentralisation occurs; many estates in the UK Midlands resemble same.

2:10 PM  
Blogger The Real Realist said...

Anonymous said...
I used to shortcut through town on weekends, picking up mates from the airport or Eastgate, and to be fair, Anderson Street was already going this way as far back as 1991/2, well before our new gubbermint took over, and gave carte blanche for the rot to set in.


Yes, I agree, it would be wrong to say that all this has only happened 'since 1994' -- the Third Worldisation of Johannesburg has been underway since the late 1980s, although it has picked up steam in the last 5 -7 years.

Essentially this is systemic to any major metropolis, as decentralisation occurs; many estates in the UK Midlands resemble same.

Aha, I am familiar with them...might I dare suggest that the look the same for the same reason...

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRR, I don't know, I have not studied the sociology of either.

However being a bleedin' 'art liberal, I tend to take the view that the decay (in this thread, and the rest of the blog) is as a result of the inhabitants simply being unruly, uncaring thugs, who don't give a toss about pride in their surroundings, and who would rather take and destroy, than any other option. Not simply 'because they're black'. The reason I say that, is that the world over, you will find folks of other ethnic persuasions who have the same 'don't care / f*ck you' mentality.

That all said, I have no intention of minimising your observations, the pictures are sufficiently graphic, and generally quite sad.

My wife (was still my girlfriend back then, 1996) lived in Yeoville, and we used to venture into Rocky Street, and further east occasionally, and although it wasn't a Sunday picnic, it was reasonably safe. The degeneration in ten years is rather startling.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was also very sad to Anderson Street and wondered at the way it was now when I looked at your Hillbrow photos. In the late 80's I did my articles at a top law firm called Deneys Reitz who had a very nice building in Anderson St. "Seems like it was a dream" as one of your commentators said so aptly before. I have wonderful memories of working there, but am happy not to live there now.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to go to the Gym in the old IGI building cnr Anderson and Main. I remember Harvey Nossel and co. Hoskins used to be there as well. IGI building was where Investec started up.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Myra_23 said...

Consider relocating to Turkey
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Buy a property for R450 000 and this will secure u with a residence permit. An monthly income of 1 000 usd secure u a safe life with a future !!! If u need more info make contact with me.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The IGI building cannot possibly be on the corner of Main and Anderson. Those two streets run parallel. It is on Mooi Street. I used to go to the canteen there when I worked at the Penrose Press in City and Suburban.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous tracer said...

It's cool-this city is arrival across any time

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its like this cos there are riff raff living there so no investemnt from companies...its just a normal typical 'bad pr tof town' like you get all over the world. ever been to LA, NYC, San Fran, San Diego, London...the real realist said it well.

3:24 PM  
Blogger nomzamo said...

I am sadden by the thought that you have associated my name Fundi Ndaba to the decline of the City. Unforturnately or fortunately I do not have any where to go Johannesburg is my City South Africa is my home. I walked the smal street with so much pride, I dined at the Boulevard in the lower court in Carlton. My tourism company started in 1994 coordinated tours from the city hotels, had a staff compliment of 13 employees and 6 combis. How do I not bleed when I had to close the company and let go of the my newly find financial freedom. Yes the city had to degenerate it is not the first city to degenerate. That's because the town planning of the day did not include blacks in their planning nor was there a system in place to manage the influx. That mistake is in the process of being fix hance proposing residentail developments complimented by retail. The most relevent person you must ask is Neil Fraser

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it,s a bloody shame. I live in the netherlands and see often blacks, throwing garbagecans to the ground. why and what for. even black adults throwing waste everywhere. believe me, thats not a typical dutch thing to do.

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My God, this is a stark warning for all white countries under the control of the filthy Liberal Left. Parts of Britain are as bad too...while the corrupt media force feed us with Black appreciation propaganda! Perhaps this is part of the Armageddon that is destroying civilisation?, similar to Planet of the Apes.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://southafricatourism.blogspot.com/

I dedicate this to you, my hero!

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Detroit, Compton, Camden, East St. Louis, or any other city overrun by Africans.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are an idiot! a sensationalist! You do more harm to this country by spreading negativity - rather be part of the solution than the problem! This is not reality Mister - I live in this country too and its not all bad! I agree with anonymous get out if you cant take the pace/dont like it. When you find paradise in the world let us know and maybe the rest of the world will move there - lets see what happens to the world economy then...! bet you wont approve these comments mister blog author!

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there any way we can stop comic relief raising money for these "people" (and i use the term losely)
i spent 20 years in jo-burg, and thought i was a hard bastard but this brings me to tears,
why raise money for them when some fucker will just steal it

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like any inner city in the US now...And still most whites don't get it.

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Detroit, in the U.S.A. What do both places have in common. Fokking niggers.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

building at 88 Anderson, currently being refurbished into proper flats, and is looking in great condition

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I live in Joburg. Care about it too, as I sit on the local residents association, work closely with the CPF and councillors. Doing my bit, one could say.
These photos don't convey half of the degradation. The city improvement disctricts can't keep up with the destruction caused by the "inhabitants".
Joburg city centre is screwed, Hillbrow even more so - these photos are merely the tip of the iceberg.
Worst of all - you can't do anything. THe Metro police are will not even deign a community meeting with their presence and they "don't work after dark". The SAPS is corrupt and rotten to the core, whihc precludes any form of concerted police action.
Crime is way, way, way out of control.
It's a sh!thole, but it's our sh!thole.
Ain't gonna change, so like it or leave it...

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has onyone some photos of the distinguished and posh Rand Club in down town Jozy. I was once invited there in the late sixties and it was a real experience.
Thanks for all the photos, if the even make one sad and one could cry or become mad and want to toss away this black scum!!!!!!!!!!1

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Looks like any inner city in the US now...And still most whites don't get it."

That's because of who controls the media, academia, and Hollywood. How are those few Whites who do "get it" ever going to get the message out to the rest, if they don't have control of the information-dissemating channels? They can't, and Whites continue slumbering toward thier deaths. Already, thanks to the hostile invading tribe, non-White children already out-number White children. The future is practically sealed; in 20 years, Whites will be minorities in every country. Henry Ford, Charles Limbaugh, and David Dake were right, these people -- the ones now in control of our White countries -- are EVIL!

10:48 PM  
Blogger M. Simon said...

As I understand it you are about to get a populist communist government.

I'm told that M'bki (is that the right spelling?) was a true Marxist. i.e. Marx said if you need capital capitalism is the way to go and it will be a hard road.

It appears from very far away that the new guy doesn't get it.

I expect SA will go the way of Zimbabwe. Shame.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This web-site "hellhole" would be more interesting if it also had pictures of the ghettos in your "beloved south africa" in the 70s and 80s. Pictures of the police. The prisons. When you were enjoying the beauty of Johannesburg, so all alone in a country- full of suffering people hidden from your face.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For anyone wishing to really see what's in store for Johannesburg, Google "The Ruins of Detroit," and
be prepared to be sick. I can't
understand how this was allowed
to happen in America. Looking at the horrifying photographs convinces me that we've paid for slavery a million times over and will continue to pay....forever.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanker... thank god you donĀ“t live in SA anymore!

12:53 PM  

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