Newtown Never Died

Newtown Never Died
A fascinating 4-hour walk, looking into what was once the culturally edgy protest capital of the city and the place where the new millennium’s regeneration took off, only for this precinct to fall into squalor and decline in the 2010s. Yet the district is nowadays reinventing itself, finding a new way to the future. Nowadays new green shoots of sustainable regeneration are visible all over Newtown, this time driven by the community and by business (from big property giants to small entrepreneurs) – and not by bureaucrats.

Walk with us along a circular route, starting and ending at JSE Newtown and admire the graffiti art, community gardens in the streets, derelict industrial buildings being repurposed into attractive retail spaces, including the city’s best shoe shops and an astonishing craft brewery, operated by local entrepreneurs. Dream with us about just how great Newtown could become. Newtown is certainly not dead!

Only available as a private tour at any time, subject to availability, at a minimum of R2600 for up to 4 guests, or R650 per person if you are more than 4 guests.

Any food, drinks, or shopping along the way for guests’ own account.

To book your tour, send an email to or a WhatsApp to + 27 82 894 5216.

Please do not phone as we are mostly busy hosting guests.
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We will respond to your booking request and provide an online payment link for you to pay by bank card to secure the booking.

Guests participate in all JoburgPlaces tours at their own risk. Neither JoburgPlaces, nor its guides, accept any responsibility whatsoever for any injury, accident or death that may occur while participating in a JoburgPlaces tour, whether in a public or a private space.

A tour booking is only secured upon payment.

Provisional bookings will automatically be cancelled if not paid within 48 hours from making a booking.

Bookings cannot be cancelled once paid for any reason whatsoever and no refunds will be offered for cancelled bookings.

Bookings can be postponed to another date if postponed more than 30 days in advance of the booked date. However, bookings cannot be postponed for any reason whatsoever within 30 days of the tour date, as we would lose the opportunity to take another booking for that slot.

We will stipulate the starting point for your tour in your booking confirmation letter. Most (but not all) tours start at the at JSE Newtown, 17 Diagonal Street (cnr Pritchard).

For private tour bookings, it is possible to arrange pick up and drop off from your hotel or accommodation, possibly for an additional fee, depending on location.

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