Traveling to Johannesburg

Traveling to Johannesburg

Despite the sad spectacle that opens the tourist on the outskirts of Johannesburg, 40% of the GDP of the country is concentrated in the city. Of the 50 million residents of South Africa in Johannesburg has 11, that is one fifth of the entire country. The history of the city began with the search for and production of gold (actually on them and it continues to this day) and there is a saying in Africa: "Earn money in Johannesburg, Cape Town and spends." However, the common man especially not work to make money - the average wage in the city - 300-500 euros, while the need is not less than 1000 for a normal life ...

Traveling to Johannesburg

The Road to Johannesburg. The quality of the road and cover - good on roadsides motley brisk trade:

Traveling to Johannesburg

The bulk of the population lives in these barns here:

Traveling to Johannesburg

The inscription on the sign - "Fast food". The local version of McDonald's:

Traveling to Johannesburg

The city center with the rich and looks very civilized:

Traveling to Johannesburg

A popular phrase that any city is the "city of contrasts" is most applicable, in my view, to human settlements in Africa. Nowhere else have I seen such a difference as Johannesburg or Cape Town, where the smart districts border on the poorest and dangerous Township.

In this picture, by the way, Nelson Mandela's house, the famous fighter for the rights of blacks. He's all right, he's alive and well, and he is now in '94:

Traveling to Johannesburg

View of the city. In Johannesburg, there are several districts with high-rise buildings, but there are also areas with low buildings:

Traveling to Johannesburg

Hybrid bus and metro stations. The bus arrives at the stop, and people come to it from the platform:

Traveling to Johannesburg

View to Downtown. On the left side of the frame a large concentration of cars - it is a park shuttle bus, which is extremely popular in Johannesburg:

Traveling to Johannesburg

All cars are marked with a yellow band, but this is not the main feature. Johannesburg is divided into districts and districts, and each of them has its own mark on the fingers. In the truest sense of the word: a person who votes on a road sign shows the driver area. If the driver along the way, he puts it in his shop:

Traveling to Johannesburg

Artifact apartheid - the mode in which colored and white people were divided and that prevailed in South Africa for many years:

Traveling to Johannesburg

signboard marked shop for "not white." In those days, black people do not have the right to go to the places designated for whites, and those, in turn, warned of a possible threat to the black:

Traveling to Johannesburg

Johannesburg grew due to gold mining and is a monument to a machine that crushes stones:

Traveling to Johannesburg

Carriages, which were taken to the mine workers. In one such interfere with twenty-six people. But my attention was attracted by them, not the two objects in the foreground:

Traveling to Johannesburg

This is an ashtray, two buckets, filled almost to the brim with cement to protect them from being stolen:

Traveling to Johannesburg

stall on the square - a kind of home life for all occasions:

Traveling to Johannesburg

We have asked us to bring their Soweto - SOuth WEst TOwnship. In the days of apartheid, it was a huge reservation, which banished all black people from the cities and they could not leave. At some point, Soweto was the center of the uprising against the regime, and it was there that led the activity is one of the main opponents - Nelson Mandela:

Traveling to Johannesburg

On the way to see the monument vuvuzelas - noisy tune popular with football fans. Perpetuate the whistle thought likely at the time of the World Cup:

Traveling to Johannesburg

In the Council, we expect to see the shacks, like the ones that were at the beginning of the post, but at first it appeared that the area looks decent:

Traveling to Johannesburg

The street, home to ordinary people, the middle class:

Traveling to Johannesburg

Later, however, there were also barracks:

Traveling to Johannesburg

This house is to say more. Such houses are many, they are called matchbox or "matchbox". At one time they built a huge number, to solve the problem of housing - everyone needs family could get for free is a house of two, three or four rooms. In short, it is the African version of our Khrushchev.

Traveling to Johannesburg

Then we went again through the city. We saw a street barber shop and the barber at work:

Traveling to Johannesburg

And this is - the world's largest hospital on 4000 hospital beds:

Traveling to Johannesburg

In the end, we found the poor neighborhoods:

Traveling to Johannesburg

In this case, rent an apartment in a normal area is not so expensive - 150 euros per month:

Traveling to Johannesburg

Across the street from Mandela's house is a restaurant, which is owned by the politician's family:

Traveling to Johannesburg

the house itself is turned into a museum, it saved the mass of interior and household of Nelson Mandela:

Traveling to Johannesburg

a baby cot there is a plate - "PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH". Apparently, the museum employees decently zadolbalo the desire of visitors to touch the cradle of the popular revolution:

Traveling to Johannesburg

in the street nearby came across a funny sign prohibiting street trading:

Traveling to Johannesburg

On that day, we went to the rugby. I played the New Zealand team to the local team. The meeting was held at the stadium, built for the World Cup:

Traveling to Johannesburg

The first thing that caught my eye - a large amount of white people in the stadium. Generally, in a modern white Johannesburg about 11 percent (80% - black and about 9% of Asians), but there were 95 percent of the stadium:

Traveling to Johannesburg

The stadium was full. The tickets we bought from the hands before entering. We have got good seats near the field:

Traveling to Johannesburg

According to tradition, the team performed a welcome dance with a very unfriendly signs against rivals:

Traveling to Johannesburg

The dance was a summary of everything that had planned to do with the opponents:

Traveling to Johannesburg

Blacks, of course, sometimes met in the crowd, but on the whole audience was white. Apparently, rugby does not find an adequate response in the African heart:

Traveling to Johannesburg

The fans sent a messenger for a beer, and he would bring the stock to the whole "team". For the convenience of carrying the glasses are equipped with special handles. In one go, you can carry off as much as ten glasses:

Traveling to Johannesburg

During the break, all actively discussing something, arguing:

Traveling to Johannesburg

And finally, a couple of rugby training. It can be seen that the guys not weak:

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