Main Street Mining District

  Main St, City Centre ,   City Centre         25 Feb 2022

Walk along this pedestrianised street from the Carlton Centre to Chancellor House in downtown Joburg to see the covered wagons, stamp presses and old headgear that have been preserved from Joburg’s early gold rush years.

There’s extensive signage outlining how Joburg’s earliest mines first worked, while the beautiful facades of the grand mining headquarters and various monuments lining the way, including the famous bronze leaping impalas outside the AngloAmerican building, are another highlight.

Don’t miss the small open-air Chancellor House exhibition (one block from the AngloAmerican building at the corner of Fox and Gerard Sekoto Streets) which details the work of Mandela and Tambo Attorneys who were based here in the 1950s. In front is Marco Cianfanelli’s extraordinary statue of a young Mandela Shadowboxing, a popular stop for photos. On weekdays office workers enjoy the street cafés and the presence of the mining companies ensures the area is kept spotlessly clean.

While taking a stroll on Main Street make a detour to visit the nearby Standard Bank headquarters (5 Simmonds St) where a small museum showcases an old mine tunnel, Ferreira's Stope, uncovered in the 1980s (open during banking hours). 


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