Handover of JCL Petition to The City

Following our successful protest action outside the Johannesburg City Library (JCL) on 18 May 2024, we arranged a meeting with the City of Johannesburg (COJ) Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Development, Cllr L Magwentshu, to hand over the petition and collected signatures. This engagement took place on 12 June 2024. We would […]

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COJ Responds to ‘Re-open the Library’ Petition

Following our successful protest action and the launch of our petition to ‘Re-open the City Library’, the City of Johannesburg issued a media release. See our initial response below, followed by the full text of the COJ’s statement. We have also included the responses to questions posed by the legislature about the library on the

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Public Protest – Re-open Our Library!

CALL TO PARTICIPATE IN A PUBLIC PROTEST: RE-OPEN OUR LIBRARY! The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, in collaboration with the Johannesburg Crisis Alliance, is holding a public protest calling on the City of Johannesburg and it’s implementing agency, the Johannesburg Development Agency, to “Re-open Our Library”. The public protest will be held outside the Johannesburg City Library

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Mandela’s Houghton House in disrepair

The JHF has been alerted to the dilapidated condition of Nelson Mandela’s Houghton residence, where the great statesman passed away in 2013. Unfortunately, since 2020, the house has been caught up in a dispute between the trustees of Mandela’s estate and family members. Consequently, it has been left unoccupied and no maintenance has been done

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JHB Central library Closure – Interview with Flo Bird

Check out this excellent insert on the closure of the Johannesburg Central Library, featuring our very own Flo Bird. Produced by Nadiva Schraibman for ‘Fokus’, first broadcast on SABC2, 23 Feb 2024. Insert begins at the 07.20 mark (interview with Flo begins at 09.00). And see below for more interviews with Flo about the library

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Friends of Joburg Cemeteries – Radio Interview

Here’s a great interview with the Friends of Johannesburg Cemeteries (FOJC) team regarding the restoration of the vandalised ash walls at Braamfontein Cemetery. The interview was first broadcast as part of ‘Klank Koerant’ on Pretoria FM. If you would like to contribute to the FOJC’s restoration fund, please send an email to mail@joburgheritage.org.za or cemeteries@joburgheritage.org.za.

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The Friends of Johannesburg Cemeteries Needs Your Help!

For the past six months, the Friends of Johannesburg Cemeteries (FOJC) has been hard at work restoring the vandalised ash walls in Braamfontein Cemetery. A dedicated team of volunteers and builders have done sterling work so far, but now funds are running out and we need your financial support to complete the work! For more

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