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AAlexandra, or Alex as it is fondly known, is situated north of of Johannesburg. The area is known for its vibrant culture, with impromptu restaurants and entertainment centres popping up on street corners all over the suburb. Mandela himself said, "Life in Alexandra was exhilarating and precarious. Its atmosphere was alive, its spirit adventurous, its people resourceful."
The Alexandra Heritage Precinct is found on a quiet street where the great man spent his first few months after moving from his homestead in the Eastern Cape. It was also the first of a number of recognised heritage sites in Johannesburg, attracting visitors from not only the nearby city but abroad as well. Other sites include St Hubert Catholic Church a bit further up the road and Joe’s Butchery, one of the oldest Shisa nyama (a Zulu phrase that literally means to “burn meat”) where friends and family come together to grill meat in an open fire, usually near a butchery.
Also known as Dark City because the area was denied electricity during the apartheid era, Alexandra is accessible through the Heritage Precinct. One can take a stroll over the pedestrian bridge that spans 7th Avenue or amble through the local market.