May 31, 2017

You don’t have to go looking for a mountain to climb in order to get the most out of your Hi-Tecs. There are so many things you can do in the city. Organic markets provide farm-fresh fruit and vegetables and the opportunity to see a beardy 45 year old folk singer cover Katy Perry’s Roar. Park Runs let you meet fellow joggers and see new corners of the city. And whether scrambling up a muddy trail or walking around the city centre, Hi-Tec means comfort and resilience. 

If you want to stretch your legs a little, Jozi’s vibrant street art scene offers a great way to spend an afternoon. Get your Hi-Tec kicks on, grab a bottle of water, and head for the pavement to check out the graffiti hot spots of Newtown, Braamfontein, Troyeville, and Maboneng.

Emerging from New York City’s hip-hop culture in the 1980s, modern graffiti has resonated with artists and art lovers the world over. The large, vibrant works add colour and visual texture to otherwise grey cityscapes.

Graffiti in South Africa has developed a unique blend of styles, techniques, and subject matter. Marrying colourful abstraction and designs with distinctly African themes and subjects, South African artists create compelling pieces that bring character to the city.

Driving down the highway you may speed past fantastic murals without seeing more than a colourful blur. Take some time and go looking for a new way to see your city.

One of the great things about street art is turning a familiar corner and finding something new and surprising. But if you want to find out more about the graffiti culture behind the artworks you find, historian and tour guide Jo Buitendach [http://pastexperiences.co.za] provides walking tours and workshops in Joburg.

Visitors to Cape Town will be familiar with Faith47’s mural The Harvest in District Six, beside the southbound lanes of De Waal Drive.

In Joburg, the eye-catching murals around Maboneng Precinct reflect the area’s quirky, arty character. Nelson Makamo’s portraits of local children try to inspire the viewer to uncover the childlike joy and wonder within all of us.

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Cape Town born Falko 1 has made his mark on Joburg and travels around South Africa painting in small towns and villages.

In Cape Town Juma Mkwela [http://townshiparttours.co.za] offers tours taking in the street art and vibes of Woodstock, Gugulethu, and Khayelitsha.

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