Walking in Kliptown

A few Sundays ago, Robin and I went on our very first photo walk with IgersJozi (Joburg’s official group of Instagrammers - I wrote about one of the main people behind it here). I loved it!

We met up in Kliptown, one of the oldest areas in Soweto. This is where the Freedom Charter was signed in 1955. Today it’s commemorated through the Kliptown Open Air Museum, which is dedicated to struggle stalwart, Walter Sisulu.

The group didn’t spend a lot of time at the museum though, but walked down one of the shopping streets, and then over a railway line to see a bit more of the township. Kids walked with us, some of the little boys’ toy cars (made from milk cartons with bottle top wheels) bobbing along on the rocky streets.

I wished we could have spent a bit more time, just to perhaps find out more about the Kliptowners who so graciously said: “Yes, okay, take a photo.” The Kliptown walk made me think (again, still) about how important it is to see more; to not just hang around in your usual hood if you can – no matter where you live.

I posted some photos on Instagram if you want to have a look. But here are some of the photos that Robin, The Best-est Husband took. My favourite photo is the one with the doll’s head...; there’s also one with a little ‘scrum’ of kids – I’m somewhere in there (the bad highligts are a give away).

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