On Saturday, three of us went to sketch at the University of Johannesburg's soccer fields up at the top of the campus, just below one of Joburg's two landmark towers, the Sentech Tower - previously Brixton Tower, which broadcasts TV and radio stations. As you can see, the jacarandas are in full bloom again, making our rather ugly city beautiful for a while. As thunderclouds gathered I looked over to the other Hillbrow Tower, the tallest in Africa, which belongs to Telkom and features in Joburg's official logo. The soccer ball that was put up for the World Cup is now bright pink advertising their cellphone company. Both towers used to have restaurants and viewing decks, but were closed in the eighties when it was feared they would be targets for guerilla attacks.
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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