Johannesburg is a world-class African city that is characterised by contradictions. This is by far the largest city in South Africa, plus it is the wealthiest and without question the economic hub of Africa. The Johannesburg inner city has been abandoned by big business over the past couple of decades with many being transferred to Sandton.
Only of late has the inner city of Jozi undergone an entire regeneration. The area close to City Hall and the Newtown Cultural Precinct has been completely transformed. The Market Theatre and surroundings now form the heartbeat of urban revival resulting in the Johannesburg inner city remaining the most important employment centre in South Africa.
Marshalltown can be found right in the heart of Johannesburg. This area is fast regaining traction as a financial and business pulse of the main part of the city. Marshalltown’s neighbours are Braamfontein, Jeppestown, Joubert Park and the cool buzz of Newtown can be found just across the bridge from Braamfontein.
Marshalltown forms an integral part of the history of the inner city and is fast reclaiming the relevance of its position in the social and economic development of Johannesburg as a powerful city. Marshalltown and the city of Jozi are a hive of activity during daylight hours, but at night it is best to visit neighbouring Braamfontein and the Maboneng district.
Marshalltown is still finding its feet and forming its own identity with many moving back into Marshalltown and the inner city of Jozi. The name Maboneng is taken from the Sotho word meaning “place of light”, and the growing precinct has its eye on transforming an area that was once an eyesore of urban decay and riddled with crime into a hip hop and happening place to live, work and play.
These are a handful of reasons why Marshalltown is fast becoming the place to see and be seen – a cool place to hang up your coat and call home.