The unusual Ponte City that towers over Hillbrow has had a chequered history. Once home to the elite hip white city folk, it fell into disrepair. It became a vertical slum, notorious for its crime-infested corridors. But it has been given a new lease of life, and is an example of workable urban regeneration.
Zulu warriors inflicted the first defeat by a tribal army on a British force at Isandlwana 135 years ago. In return, the British unleashed their fury in the Anglo-Zulu War. It ended with subjugation and, eventually, the destruction of the Zulu Kingdom's economy and society.
Joan Brickhill, grande dame of South African theatre, has taken her final bow. After a lifetime in the spotlight, the all-singing, all-dancing, all-razzmatazz actress has gone on to the great stage in the sky. She shall be missed; they just don't make 'em like that anymore.