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'They took our land for samp and beans' - Masello Motana on land and colonial violence

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Masello Motana is an actor-activist who's main driving force is the question of the land. (Photo: Supplied)
Masello Motana is an actor-activist who's main driving force is the question of the land. (Photo: Supplied)

Linksfield Ridge is a suburb that sits to the north-east of the City of Johannesburg, on old farm called Doornfontein. According to Kathy Munro, an honorary professor at the Wits school of Architecture and Planning, it is the only Johannesburg suburb established by an architect.

In 1910, the Muller Plantage Sijndikaat approached the municipality with a proposal to establish "the township of Linksfield" on the grounds of its plantation. In 1922, the project was gazetted and implemented. 

Hermann Kallenbach, the architect known for his work in Linksfield Ridge, was a German-Jewish immigrant who moved to South Africa in 1896. A fan of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and a friend of anti-black pacifist Gandhi, Kallenbach is credited for building the steep, winding road that runs through the ridge to Orange Grove, called Sylvia's Pass.

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