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Just Joburg: Immigrant communities of Mayfair October 27, 2014

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Very interesting blog on other cultures in Johannesburg’s suburb of Mayfair in South Africa

Jacquie, Just Doing Life

The Fordsburg /Mayfair area, situated at the periphery of the Johannesburg CBD has always been better known as a vibrant, thriving Muslim district – the home of the Oriental Plaza where you can find a great bargain and which has always been a favourite of mine when looking for curtaining or fabrics.

What most people don’t know is that just a few blocks west of the Plaza,  you encounter a lively, colourful, culturally diverse district which is home to immigrants from Egypt, Ethiopia, Turkey, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Tunisian shops in Mayfair. The blue exterior is apparently to keep evil away. Tunisian shops in Mayfair. The blue exterior is apparently to keep evil away.

SAM_1957 An Ethiopian corner store

The majority of residents were very friendly and mildly curious about our presence but some were quite obviously apprehensive and a couple asked why we were there.  This is possibly because many are illegal immigrants who have fled their countries due to war and famine and an intrusion…

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