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Environmental implication of Joburg’s mining history

The epicentre of the tremor was said to be beneath UJ’s Auckland Park campus by the Council for Geoscience but Dr van Niekerk suspects that a more accurate analysis would find the tremor started at a nearby mine shaft.

“It is very difficult to come up with an epicentre because it takes a lot of reading data, but there are no old mine shafts underneath the university itself so it is highly unlikely. UJ may just have been used as it is a recognisable landmark. Now, if you go just over Brixton hill to the southern side of Brixton Ridge, there are many abandoned open mines. If these mine shafts collapse, they will obviously cause the place to shake.”


18 November 2013 0

Johannesburg – urban forest

Lucky for residents of the northern suburbs, we have the advantage of this lush greenery and other beautiful flora and fauna that make the natural environment an unforgettable part of living this side of the city centre.


14 November 2013 0

Why we need trees

The trees in our suburbs serve many purposes. They beautify our communities and release oxygen while offsetting carbon dioxide. They also moderate the climate by regulating the effects of the sun, wind and rain. What’s more is that trees and the soil they root in help to absorb run-off water associated with stormy weather.


13 November 2013 0

The European Bee-Eater stops in Joburg

The birds fly the treacherous journey from central and eastern Europe cross the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Desert to settle in Southern Africa. Bee-eaters from France, Spain and Italy fly across the Sahara to West Africa. Their ideal African grounds are sandy riversides or cliff sides – hence their attraction to Northcliff Ridge.


17 October 2013 0

Sonwabile Ndamase – Designer of the infamous ‘Madiba shirt’

Ndamase shot to world prominence in the 90s when then President Nelson Mandela took a liking to his colourfully designed shirts. In 2013, his famous ‘Madiba shirt’ was again in high demand when the former president was admitted to hospital. But to the enthusiastic pupils at Abbotts College Northcliff, Ndamase was there to reassure them of their place in the world.


16 October 2013 0

Melville, Johannesburg – an art mecca?

Once seen as the epicentre of innovation and art in Johannesburg, residents who have been in Melville for a long time regularly lament how the village-like suburb has lost its lustre.


6 October 2013 0

A history of the environment of Fairland, Johannesburg

The trees were planted in diagonal rows to mimic the design of the British flag. Today, the layout can be seen from Google Maps Satellite view, though some of the trees are no longer in place.


24 September 2013 1

Joburg’s Skyline and Cityscape

Joburg’s skyline one big ball less NORTHCLIFF- Residents notice that the well-known pink ball on Hillbrow tower has disappeared. September 24, 2013 What the ball looked like when erected for…
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24 September 2013 0

Joburg’s ‘handkerchief’ trees

Angus Gunn and the handkerchief tree MONTGOMERY PARK – Retired horticulturalist Angus Gunn gives a byte of history about the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens. September 11, 2013 The handkerchief tree (Davida…
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11 September 2013 0

Breaking barriers in bowling

Breaking barriers in bowling LINDEN, Johannesburg – September 3, 2013 Petrus Mdluli proudly displays his bowling moves. Petrus Mdluli is breaking barriers in the bowling world. Not popularly associated with…
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3 September 2013 0