A JOURNEY THROUGH AN ICON’S UNDULATING HISTORY

A view from the core of Ponte - MARTIN HOFFMAN

The Lowdown

Come and see why this iconic, brutalistA movement in architecture that flourished from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, descending from the modernist architectural movement of the early 20th century. The term originates from the French word for "raw" in the term used by Le Corbusier to describe his choice of material béton brut (raw concrete) structure dominating Johannesburg's skyline, has attracted its current reputationToday, Ponte is still believed to be a poster child for urban decay. Allow us to challenge your perception by taking a tour through this highly misunderstood residential apartment building.

Adults
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Senior

Adult 65+

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Kids

2 to 12 years

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Babies

< 2 years

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Ponte City Experience

A JOURNEY THROUGH AN ICON’S UNDULATING HISTORY

What's Included?

None

1 drink

1 hour

family welcome

1km walk

vegetarian friendly

  • None
  • 1 drink
  • 1 hour
  • family welcome
  • 1km walk
  • vegetarian friendly

Available Languages

English

French (on request)

Chinese (on request)

German (on request)


  • None
  • 1 drink
  • 1 hour
  • family welcome
  • 1km walk
  • vegetarian friendly

Tour Details

We start the tour at our community centre where we introduce ourselves ourselvesLotjhani! Molo! Sawubona! Dumela! Avuxeni! Ndaa! and illustrate the relevance of our location. Our guides will take you through a chronologicalInfographic illustrating key moments in history. 1976, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2008, today journey, helping better understand the building's history and context.

We will go through the early days of grand opulenceold photographs of Ponte residents or Goldreichs restaurant in Hillbrow tower images, government red-lining and social oppressionPhotograph of student uprising in 1976, Hector Pieterson. We will also detail the stories of urban decay and the building's resilient nature through complex economic timesImage illustrating CBD exodus.

You will enjoy a drink on the 51st floorPicture of view from 5101 of the building to compliment the experience.

Detailed description

  • Come with an open mind
  • There is secure parking available at Ponte City (our starting point)
  • Unfortunately there is no cash accepted on our premises
  • Dlala Nje offers no cash refunds. Please refer to cancellation policy.
  • Bring  some extra cash with you so you can buy stuff from the markets and support our local  businesses.
  • We encourage you to live in the moment, but if you want to bring camera’s you’re welcome – however no professional photography – and remember to always ask people if they’re happy for you take their photo before snapping away
  • Leave prejudices at home.
The storm - JONO WOOD

HOW TALL ARE YOU?


The infamous blooming of the jacaranda trees during spring time - JONO WOOD
Extract from the film "Ponte tower" - PHILIP BLOOM

Extract from the film "Ponte tower" - PHILIP BLOOM
Candy floss and community - JONO WOOD

UYASIKHULUMA ?


Evening inner core light - JONO WOOD
Jumping castle - JONO WOOD

Extract from the film "Dlala Nje tours" - PHILIP BLOOM
Cylindrical cement structure - JONO WOOD
Extract from the film "Dlala Nje tours" - MATTE BOX MEDIA
Are you coming? - JONO WOOD