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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

FIRST QUARTER PROGRAMME

JANUARY TO MARCH, 2018

 

FEBRUARY 2018

 

FUNDRAISER TOUR - ‘THE WILDS - A PARK FOR POETS, ARTISTS, THINKERS AND WRITERS’

SUNDAY, 4th FEBRUARY

The Wilds was donated to Johannesburg by JCI in 1925 and since 1936 has been planted with indigenous flora only. It is one of our City’s green treasures, and was recognised as a National Monument in 1981. The last 30 years have not been kind to The Wilds, and from the 1980s criminal activity affected visitor numbers and stripped the park of its sundial and plaques.
But the park has a new champion – artist James Delaney, who three years ago decided to ignore the ominous warnings and brave his back-yard. Amazed by what he discovered, he has been working tirelessly to activate the space by creating sight lines, installing public, painting benches, and inspiring Joburgers to visit and get involved.

Explore the park’s history, see the famous 67 owls and other works of art, and hear about future plans for this amazing park. And feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy!

ALL proceeds of this tour will go to fund James’s remarkable work in The Wilds. Our tour price is a suggestion – please give as much as you are able to!

GUIDES : James Delaney and Brett McDougall
PARK :
Roedean parking on Houghton Drive – indicated by the red dot!
MEET: At the parking entrance to The Wilds on Houghton Drive


TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R150.00 donation per person, but we welcome more
MAX No : 60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

WALKING TOUR - ‘VICTORIA YARDS’

SATURDAY, 10th FEBRUARY

The grandly named “New York Steam Laundry, Limited” was established in 1903, and from 1913 occupied a gabled brick building on the corner of Viljoen Street and Victoria Road in Lorentzville, a suburb founded with the promise of a bucolic and salubrious lifestyle, far from the noise and dust of the City, but one that had gradually crept into semi-industrial decay as the wealthy moved north.
Its fortunes mirrored that of the City itself – growing and prospering in the 30’s boom and beyond, and then falling into decay as the suburbs spread further and further away.
But its buildings now have a new lease on life, as “Victoria Yards”, a development that replicates the success of 44 Stanley and Maboneng in bringing creative industries into derelict industrial spaces. In addition to this, the developers are also committed to the cause of urban agriculture, and to the rehabilitation of the Jukskei River, which runs through the site and once provided water to the steam laundry.

Join us on a tour that not only explores the past and future of Victoria Yards, but also the historic urban fabric that surrounds it.

GUIDES : Brett McDougall and John-John de Castro
PARK :
Victoria Yards, between Victoria Road and Frere Road on Viljoen Street, Lorentzville
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2.5 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

 

LECTURE - ‘DEMYSTIFYING THE NATIONAL HERITAGE RESOURCES ACT’

SATURDAY, 17th FEBRUARY

Do you know that all structures that are over 60 years old receive general protection under the National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA), no 25 of 1999? Do you know that in order to alter or demolish all or part of such a structure, you need to comply with the provisions of the NHRA? Are you aware of the penalties that you may incur if you do not comply with the NHRA? What process needs to be followed and what documentation needs to be submitted? And what is the role of architects, estate agents, developers and residents’ associations in the process?
These are questions that shockingly few property owners, architects, estate agents and neighbourhood activists know the answers to.

Yasmin Mayat and Brendan Hart are experts in navigating the NHRA. They are practising heritage architects at Mayat Hart Architects, sit on the Joint Plans Committee East, and have years of experience in dealing with complex heritage matters. Join them as they simplify the often confusing and complex provisions of the NHRA, and equip you to deal with them with confidence!

GUIDES : Yasmin Mayat and Brendan Hart
MEET :
At Northwards, 21 Rockridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R150 for members and R200 for non-members
MAX No : 70

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

HOUSE TOUR - ‘LIFESTYLES OF VICTORIAN JOBURG’S RICH AND FAMOUS’

SATURDAY, 24th FEBRUARY

This is a tale of rags to riches, of hard work and not a little luck, and the comforts that were enjoyed by the privileged few in the ramshackle colonial outpost of Johannesburg. Thomas Cullinan arrived in the City in 1887 a humble bricklayer, but by 1896 he was able to build The View, a fabulous statement of wealth on the Parktown ridge.
The richness of detail and ornamentation quite takes the breath away, and the impact of the interiors is heightened by the regalia and history of the Transvaal Scottish, which is proudly on display.

We will explore the house and be enthralled by the story of the Cullinans and the history of the Transvaal Scottish, and we will also learn of domestic life in Victorian and Edwardian Johannesburg. But the highlight for many will be tea and scones served in grand surroundings!

GUIDES : Dr Alexandra Parker and Monique Jefferson McDonald
PARK :
The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R140.00 for members and R200.00 for non-members – which includes tea and scones
MAX No : 40

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

MARCH 2018

ILLUSTRATED LECTURE - ‘THE STORY OF A GREAT FRIENDSHIP – GANDHI AND KALLENBACH IN JOHANNESBURG’

SATURDAY, 3rd MARCH

Despite the geographic and cultural distance of their roots, Mohandas Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach enjoyed a close and intense friendship in South Africa for ten years after their paths first crossed in 1904. “Soulmates”, they lived together for much of this time in Orchards, Mountain View and at the farm and community they created south of Johannesburg, Tolstoy farm, near Lawley.
Kallenbach made a unique contribution to the Johannesburg townscape – in a series of religious, commercial and residential buildings, and as a township developer in the north-eastern suburbs. But it is the decade where he and Gandhi shared a friendship and a political struggle in this City, between 1903 and 1914, was perhaps the most significant in his life.
Gandhi would develop the philosophy of Satyagraha that would one day sweep British colonial rule from the Indian subcontinent during this time. It was a philosophy that was developed and refined in deep philosophical debate about human values to which Kallenbach was central, and together they hammered out the tactics and organization of passive non-violent resistance, and applied these evolving methods to oppose the Transvaal government’s new law insisting on the registration of the Indian population. It was the start of an eight year battle for civil rights for Indians and human equality.

Join Professor Katherine Munro in exploring their friendship and enduring legacy in Johannesburg in this fascinating illustrated lecture.

GUIDES : Professor Katherine Munro
PARK :
Northwards, 21 Rockridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

WALKING TOUR - ‘THE RAND CLUB AND HISTORIC FINANCIAL DISTRICT’

SATURDAY, 10th MARCH

The Rand Club was founded a mere year after Johannesburg sprang to life, in 1887 and has occupied its present building, a fine Edwardian edifice in the heart of the old financial district, since 1904.
It is an institution that has embodied certainty and permanence, at odds with a city that is uncomfortable with anything but the latest fashion. Its walls are still adorned with maps from colonial Africa, 19th-century prints of lion hunting and paintings of glorious military victories, even though its demographics increasingly reflect those of our city, and its social functions the taste of a younger generation.

Join us in exploring the history, personalities and architecture of this marvellous Johannesburg institution and its neighbourhood.

GUIDES : Brian Kent McKechnie and Adam Golding
PARK :
On the street near the corner of Fox and Loveday – meet outside the Club at 33 Loveday Street.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

BUS TOUR - ‘STAINED GLASS – AN ANCIENT ART IN MODERN FORM’

SATURDAY, 17th MARCH

Discovering a different and jewel-like heritage in Johannesburg, the JHF visits three little known but especially interesting and very beautiful sets of windows in two churches and a school chapel.
We start with the oldest in the city in the oldest church in Johannesburg, St Mary the Less in Jeppestown. More dramatic are the windows designed by Elly Holm for the Friedenkirche, a well-known landmark in Hillbrow and a fully proclaimed heritage site, in the Sixties. The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation has commissioned Stephanie to restore the ones which have been damaged with the opening and closing of windows, and this project has been supported very generously by the Mackenzie Foundation. Here we will also meet Dieter Holm, a relative of Elly Holm and himself an architect.   

Our last stop takes us to Waverley where we view the remarkable stained glass windows at St Mary’s School for Girls.

GUIDES : Flo Bird and Stephanie Fassler
PARK :
Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 13h30
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R200.00 for members and R260.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

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