JoburgPlaces TOURS and EVENTS at 44 MAIN

March with us to 44 Main!
JoburgPlaces is delighted to announce its latest addition of exclusive inner-city tours, events and activations, focused on 44 Main Street, the imposing, erstwhile offices of Anglo American.

JoburgPlaces will be staging a series of tours, pop-up rooftop picnics, and storytelling dinners in this space during 2022. While plans are afoot to refurbish the old Anglo Campus into a stunning legacy project for the inner-city of Johannesburg, JoburgPlaces will only have access to these spaces for a limited time, until refurbishment commences, or the spaces are occupied once again.

In the meantime, be sure to join us for exceptional experiences in some of the most astonishing spaces available in the city!

All other JoburgPlaces inner-city tours as well as storytelling dinners and events at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure remain available as advertised. Activations at 44 Main Street are in addition to all our other activities.

JoburgPlaces Money, Banks & Vaults tour
Sat 4 Jun 2022 / Sat 3 Sep 2022 at 9am
The JoburgPlaces Money, Banks & Vaults tour is already legendary. But it will even be more special with the addition of 44 Main Street as part of the tour route.

Visit some of the most astonishing hidden and forgotten spaces of the old financial district in the Johannesburg CBD – from banking halls to underground vaults, the old stock exchanges in Diagonal Street and Hollard Street – and the interior of the Old Anglo-American building at 44 Main Street (including the historical Oppenheimer office). Hear remarkable stories of how money, banks and vaults helped shape the City of Gold from its gold-rush inception in 1886 and up to today.

Typical schedule:
9am: Introduction at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure
9:15 Walk to 87 Commissioner
9:25 Visit 87 Commissioner, erstwhile Barclays Bank Head Office.
9:55 Walk past the Natal Bank/Ornico, National Bank House and old Volkskas
10:20 Walk across Library Gardens and through the Bank City complex
10:40 Arrive at JSE Newtown and visit the old stock exchange trading floor.
11:10: Walk down to Anglo American
11:25: Arrive at 44 Main Street (Old Anglo American) and visit interior of this stately building
12:10: Walk down Main Street and stop at old Hollard Street Stock Exchange
12:20: Pop in at Hollard Street Stock Exchange
12:30 Walk to Standard Bank to visit the Mine Shaft Museum
12:40 Visit Mine Shaft Museum at Standard Bank
13:00: Walk back to Gandhi Square, arrive back at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure at 13:15

Cost: R400 per person

To book, email gerald@joburgplaces.com or send a whatsapp to 082 894 5216

Private tours available on request for a minimum booking fee of R4000 for a group of 10 or less, or R400 pe person if the group is more than 10.

* Each tour is limited to a maximum of 25 guests

JoburgPlaces Sunday Safari & Rooftop Picnic
Sun 26 Jun / Sun 28 Aug / Sun 25 Sep at 11am
Stroll through Marshalltown with JoburgPlaces while exploring the history of Joburg’s old financial district. Also marvel at the contemporary spaces and regeneration initiatives of this part of town and enjoy a picnic lunch on a rooftop of the stately old Anglo American building at 44 Main Street!

Arrive at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure to enjoy a welcome drink, snack, and opening storytelling. Then stroll along Main Street to stop at the historic Hollard Street for more storytelling, ending the walk at the imposing Art Deco Anglo American building. Here guests get to visit the Oppenheimer office and enjoy a picnic lunch on the third-floor rooftop and adjoining boardrooms.

Typical schedule:
11:00: Arrival and welcome drinks at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure
11:45: Welcome and opening story
12:00: Walk across Gandhi Square and down Main Street to Hollard Street
12:20: Storytelling at Hollard Street in front of the erstwhile Stock Exchange
12:40: Walk along Main Street to Anglo American
13:00: Arrive at Anglo American and go up to 3rd floor boardrooms/balconies
13:10: Distribute picnic lunch baskets and serve drinks
14:00: Charlie and Gerald give guided walks through the building at 15 minute intervals
(each tour lasting 30 minutes, showing the other boardroom spaces and the Oppenheimer Office).
16:00: Event ends

Cost: R600 per person including picnic lunch (drinks extra on the day).

* Each event is limited to 50 guests

To book, email gerald@joburgplaces.com or send a whatsapp to 082 894 5216

Private events available on request for a minimum booking fee of R12 000 for a group of 20 or less, or R600 per person if the group is more than 10.

JOBURGPLACES STORYTELLING DINNERS AT 44 MAIN
Fri 3 Jun / Sat 4 Jun / Fri 1 Jul / Sat 2 Jul / Fri 5 Aug / Sat 6 Aug at 6:30pm
An exceptional dinner experience with storytelling by JoburgPlaces, focusing on the history of Joburg inner-city and its links to Anglo, including its buildings at 44 Main Street, the life and times of Ernest and Harry Oppenheimer and the role that mining played in the development of the industrial economy of South Africa and Johannesburg.

Guests get to dine in one of the astonishing boardrooms/dining rooms on the third floor of 44 Main Street, while also getting the opportunity to visit the historic Oppenheimer office, complete with the office desk left by Harry Oppenheimer upon retirement in 1982.

This is a walk into the past, while also revelling at the future of Johannesburg and plans to reconfigure the Anglo campus into a legacy project for the inner-city.

Typical schedule:
6:30pm: Guests arrive and enjoy drinks
7pm: Starters served
7:20pm: First storytelling session
7:50pm: Main courses served
8:30pm: Second storytelling session
9pm: Desserts served, and guests linger for drinks and conversation
9:15pm: Charlie or Gerald take guests in small groups of 8 to go and see the Oppenheimer office
10:30pm Event ends

Cost:
R725 per person with Abundant Feast Menu and Storytelling (drinks extra on the day)
or
R475 per person with Lite Feast Menu and Storytelling (drinks extra on the day).

To book, email gerald@joburgplaces.com or send a whatsapp to 082 894 5216

Private events available on request for a minimum booking fee of R15 000 for a group of 20 or less, or R725 per person if the group is more than 20.

MENU OPTIONS FOR STORYTELLING DINNERS: 

COASTAL GOURMET ABUNDANT FEAST
Bowls of the following for 2 guests:
Starter:
Lemon & Herb Calamari with Carrot & Onion (x2)
Mains:
Mozambican-inspired prawn stew with spinach and tahini (x1)
Seabass in Citrus Broth (x1)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x1)
Grilled butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (x1)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Desserts:
Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk (x1) + Nut-free baklava (x1)

OR

COUNTRY CARNE ABUNDANT FEAST
Bowls of the following for 2 guests:

Starter:
Chopped feta and olives in spinach leaves on a bed of tzatziki (x2)
Mains: Beef fillet strips with grilled peppers (x1)
Apricot-infused lamb stew (x1)
French-inspired, pomegranate duck stew (x1)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x1)
Grilled butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (x1)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Desserts: Rose- and fig-infused chocolate truffles (x1) + Nut-free baklava (x1)

OR

VELVETY VEGAN ABUNANT FEAST
Bowls of the following for 2 guests:
Starter:
Cape Malay Butternut Soup (x2)
Mains:
Aubergine & Lentil Bobotie (x2)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x2)
Butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (x2)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Samp and green beans (x 2)
Layers of avo, pineapple and peppers with chopped greens (x1)
Dessert:  Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk (x2)

OR  

ANCIENT SECRETS ABUNDANT FEAST
Bowls of the following for 2 guests:
Starter:
Roasted Tomato Soup (x2)
Mains:
French-inspired, pomegranate duck stew (x1)
Chicken Chow-Mein (x1)
Red Beef Stew, slowly cooked on the bone with tomato with onion and spinach (x1)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x1)
Grilled butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (1x)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Desserts
Rose- and fig-infused chocolate truffles (x1) / Nut-free baklava (x1)

OR

OCEAN LITE FEAST
Bowls of the following per guest:  
Starter:
 Lemon & Herb Calamari with Carrot & Onion
Mains: Fish curry with turmeric-stained yellow rice
Dessert: Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk

OR

COUNTRYSIDE CRUSH LITE FEAST
Bowls of the following per guest:  

Starter: Chopped feta and olives in spinach leaves on a bed of tzatziki
Mains: Beef fillet strips with grilled peppers and African dombolo (steamed bread)
Dessert: Rose- and fig-infused chocolate truffles

OR 

FRESHLY VEGAN LITE FEAST
Bowls of the following per guest:  
Starter: Cape Malay Butternut Soup
Mains: Chickpea stew with red kidney beans, samp, coconut milk, turmeric and paprika, with Turmeric-stained Yellow Rice and African dombolo (steamed bread)
Dessert: Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk

OR

EXPLORERS LITE FEAST
Bowls of the following per guest:  

Starter: Roasted Tomato Soup
Mains: Duck Chow-Mein
Dessert: Nut-free baklava