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Inner City Joburg

Next Wednesday 10 000 Joburgers will take to the city streets - by night. Nike's 10km Run Jozi race is a fantastic initiative which will enable the city's residents to run freely through the streets of downtown Joburg. Starting off on the spectacular Nelson Mandela Bridge, runners will make their way past a number of historic landmarks, which mark the importance of Human Rights Day. 'We singled out Human Rights Day as race day because of the significance the day holds and, more importantly, enabling our runners to celebrate their heritage, freedom and the right to take back the streets for the night,' says Nike SA Brand Director, Anwar Jappie. We love this initiative which sees credit given to the ever-changing inner city of Joburg. Over the last few years the city centre has transformed, with public art, galleries, restaurants, bars and markets bringing people back into the previously notorious CBD in droves. HL recently caught up with Jo Buitendach, owner of Past Experiences walking tours, who told us that over the last three years she's seen a huge change in the way people see their city. 'They are definitely more eager to explore the CBD and what it has to offer,' she says, which is why her company, which organises a range of different walking tours through the CBD, has gone from strength to strength. 'The city is so vast that there's something for everyone. For me it is the awesome people, fantastic architecture and world class public art and graffiti that make Joburg such a unique and vibrant place.' We agree with Jo when she suggests all Joburgers should take a Saturday out and spend it in the CBD. She recommends starting off with a Past Experiences tour of Braamfontein followed by lunch and a bloody Mary at the Neighbourhoodgoods Market on Juta Street. 'After the market, a spot of shopping in the CBD followed by a browse around the Joburg Art Gallery are fine ways to finish off the afternoon, and then you can go for an early dinner in Fordsburg and a wander around the night market.' We're up for the challenge, and invite all of you to share your inner city stories with us. Feel free to leave your comments below or share your stories with us on Facebook or Twitter. Let's take to the city! For more information on Past Experience's tours, visit their website at Text: Roberta Coci Images: Past Experiences