A guide to local favorites in Maboneng Precinct
- By Pumza Fihlani
- Photos by Gulshan Khan
A recently redeveloped area in downtown Johannesburg, this is where grunge meets art and a bit of South African culture. The name Maboneng means “lights,” a play on its nickname “City of Lights.” It was once a no-go area — a crime haven with dilapidated buildings. But now it’s popular with young professionals for work and play, and an area where one can find an eclectic mix of Joburgers.
Meet Pumza Fihlani
Pumza has lived in Johannesburg since 2006. She describes herself as a small town girl, having grown up in Mthatha, South Africa, in the countryside. She moved to the city as an intern, fell in love with its lights and never left. She loves city life but misses the clear night sky in the Eastern Cape province — and the sense of community there.
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