A short account of my recent visit a true multi-racial community in the heart of Johannesburg. Life on 3rd - Melville.
My stay at the guest house is just great, the service is exceptional and the staff is friendly, it's quite and relaxed here, everyone minds there own business. My kind of place.
This is a completely different world, even from Joburg itself the moment you enter Melville, you realise that it's a little world of its own. Even taking a taxi is a new experience, there's just a very different feeling maybe it was me having to make a downwards sign to stop a taxi. R10 takes you to your preferred destination and there is no assistant so you communicate directly to the driver. Just never ask for directions because you will get lost for sure, I passed the garage and must have turned left 3 times already going in circles but couldn't find the mall, I soon gave up. At least I got some fresh air and exercise. Here life is quiet, the atmosphere is laid back and everything and everyone is calm and friendly.
The streets can be at there busiest but still have a sense of calm and quiet hanging in the air. The colour line is blurred, black and white is mixed up into one spontaneous flavour. It's as if this gem in the heart of Johannesburg had never been tarnished by the apartheid regime and only being a few kilometres away from the infamous Soweto it almost feels to good to be true.
This small suburbia is a true reflection of a rainbow nation united and should be a role model for other communities.
Even the dogs here don't even seem interested in barking, they just look at you inquisitively. People are friendly and most greet as you pass them.
Everyone is so relaxed here it makes you a bit uneasy at times being used to always being alert you just never seem to let your gaurd down.
Here almost everyone knows everyone, which seems strange because every single house or property has some sort of security either surveillance high walls, electric fences, devil forks or barbed wire, a clear indication of what's outside stays out and what's inside stays in. It's sometimes distracting from the beautiful and breathtaking aesthetic view of most of the houses here but I guess here people take the sweet with the bitter at once.
The streets here wind and bend and curve and climb but even so drivers tend to only slack at stop signs and speed up, never coming to a complete stop, I wonder why...
The most attractive and busiest of all streets in Melville is the famous 7th street from the cult soap 7de laan. Here you will pass quite a few famous faces from tv. This is a celeb get together hub, where executives, ceo's, media moguls, celebrities, journalist and tourist hang out, a very interesting mix of colour, race and class.
My visit in Melville is almost over but from what I have experienced so far, I can say for sure that I will be back for more of the distinct mellow taste of Melville.
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