Monday, 11 January 2010

You Make Joburg Great

I found this wonderful little video on my friend Vanessa's blog.  It is all about what makes Joburg great and I think all Joburgers are in agreement that it is the people.

You can visit the You Make Joburg Great website if you’d like to learn more.

The main song in the video is Prime Circle – My Inspiration.  They are one of my favourite South African bands.



  1. Thanks for all your thoughtful comments on my blog.

    Yes, I have homeschooled my children from kindergarten to graduation. They have both attended college and done well. We're glad we picked that option, even though it was a lot of work. It was an adventure, our very own.

    By the way, I think falling snow (the slow kind) is one of the most beautiful things on earth. It makes me think of the Dance of the Snowflakes in the Nutcracker Ballet.

  2. I love that video! I said the same thing about Joburg after traveling there! I love the diversity in the people and how warm & welcoming they were when I visited. It's one of my favorite places in the world. :)

  3. Love the music, love the video. What a great picture of what makes Joburg great!

  4. Hey Emm - thanks for sharing this clip. Loved the way it was put together ... the drawings giving way to actual video. Must admit I know little about Jo'burg, even though I have a friend who lives there :)

    How's the snow?

  5. Emm, the world traveler -- GREAT post! Sooo cool to see what make Jo'burg great from a local perspective like that (and yours). My friends and I fell incredibly head over heals for "District9" this year. Wow, great (though violent) movie. I also really liked Clint Eastwood's "Invictus" for even more SA perspective.

  6. Hi Emm. I am one of the creators of You Make Joburg Great, thanks for the awesome post... Please have a look and see the amazing story we've come across which is on our blog this morning... THANKS!!!

  7. Oh, I am so bummed that I am having horrid PC issues right now. But I'm going to come back to watch this!

  8. Without your blog, I never would have enjoyed that video and discovered a new band.

    Good post.

  9. Emm what a great video and the song matches it all the way. I have heard so many negative things about Joburg over the years but the video has gone a long way in wiping the slate clean. The video showed people with a real love for their city and I also saw signs of racial integration which was most pleasing to view. The sofa on the street and the cool coloured police car caught my eye and the cricket crowd is a sport I really love. Joburg looks one big vibrant city with people to match it. I don't know why but I expected to see more four wheel drive trucks in the shots but I didn't. Nice post and one that has now put the place right up into my must see city list. The World Cup is coming to Joburg and I think those lucky enough to be going there are going to be given one huge welcome by its citizens.

  10. I really enjoyed both the video and the music. Fantastic discovery, thanks for sharing.

    I visited your other blog too (Understanding the world) - you are an amazing person!

  11. @ Cassandra: Hiya! That's really interesting about the homeschooling!

    @ Claire: It is wonderful that you came away from SA with that impression - really heartwarming.

    @ The Ancient Digger: I'm glad you enjoyed it!!

    @ Suzy: Yes, it was a really well made video, wasn't it??

    @ FatScribe: Oh, so glad you liked the movies! *blush* I haven't seen either yet!!

    @ Deano: It is a pleasure! Thank you for making it.

    @ JaPRA: I hope you eventually got to see it! It made me cry - I got so homesick.

    @ Nickie: Excellent! I posted another song of theirs over here:

    @ Martyn: Thank you so much for your lovely comment! South Africa is incredibly racially and culturally integrated and we used to take a lot of time learning each others religious and cultural customs and traditions. I miss that - people in the UK make a big effort but they still seem to know more about the "otherness" of people of a different class, religion or nationality. We focus a lot on our sameness in South Africa.

    @ Nathalie: Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the video.


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