Ask a Local: #MyJoburg by Ulrich Janse van Vuuren

11 Oct 2018
created 13 Sep 2018
The best way to get to know Joburg is to hang out with a local. In our ongoing weekly #MyJoburg series, we chat each to one of our favourite Joburg people to get the lowdown on what makes this city unique. Find all our most recent #MyJoburg interviews here.
  ULRICH JANSE VAN VUUREN is the founder of popular travel blog and digital media agency Meet My Mzansi, which documents his travels and celebrates South Africa’s diversity. Despite travelling around the world and visiting cities on almost every continent, he says “Johannesburg is home.” Read his take on Joburg here. 

RASTY KNAYLES  is a tattoo and graffiti artist and started Braamfontein's Grayscale Gallery. He is also the founder of the City of Gold Urban Art Festival which takes place from October 7-13 on the walls of the student-friendly district of 'Braam'. From his favourite store to his go-to breakfast spot, Rasty shares his take on Joburg with us. Find out more about the City of Gold Festival here. 

BHEKI DUBE is the founder of Maboneng’s Curiocity Hostels which also now has a branch in Durban and another coming soon to Cape Town. He is also the founder of Maboneng-based walking tour company Mainstreetwalks and other cool experiences in South Africa. One of Joburg’s most successful and innovative young tourism entrepreneurs, Bheki describes himself as ‘born, bred and buttered in Joburg’. Read his take on Joburg here.

NANDI DLEPU runs the creative studio Mamakashaka, creating arts, lifestyle and culture content and experiences for individuals, brands and communities. She is also known to many as the founder of the Feel Good Series, a super-cool urban rooftop party series which we love for its eclectic DJ sets and unusual downtown locations, and co-host of the Women in Bloom conversation, where local female entrepreneurs working in the creative industries share their experiences. Read Nandi's #MyJoburg interview here.

NOMSA MAZWAI (also known by her stage name Nomisupasta) is an award-winning alternative Afro-pop star, the general director of Soweto Theatre and an all-round creative. Born in 1985 to a school teacher and a journalist in Soweto she was raised in a home fuelled by Pan Africanism and her lyrics reflect both these politics and her playful optimism. We caught up with her as she released her latest single Losing Myself, and the crowds will get to see her perform at this year’s Afropunk festival to be held at Constitution Hill on December 30-31. Read Nomisupasta's take on life in Joburg and Soweto here.

ELS VAN MOURIK is a Dutch creative consultant and storytelling coach who divides her time between Joburg and The Netherlands. Specialising in visual storytelling, van Mourik launched African Art Stories in 2008 as a platform to share her fascination for storytelling and contemporary African art. Read Els van Mourik's #MyJoburg story here.

JAMES DELANEY is an artist, who features downtown Joburg’s buildings and ghosts prominently in his screenprints. He is also known by a lot of Joburgers as ‘the guy who fixed up The Wilds’, a 40 acre forested park on the edge of the inner city, which is home to dozens of his laser cut steel sculptures of African wildlife. Read James Delaney's #MyJoburg interview.
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