Katlehong and Thokoza Spaza Shop Tour
We're pleased to announce South Africa's first Spaza Shop Tour: A five-kilometre walk through Katlehong and Thokoza townships.
Our tour will begin and end at the iconic African Accent Spaza Shop, owned by lifelong Katlehong resident and community leader Bongani Mabuza. Guests will embark on a historical tour of Katlehong and neighbouring Thokoza, stopping at several spaza shops and other historical and cultural sites along the way. Bongani and fellow guide Nkosikhona Kumalo will share their experiences growing up in Katlehong, discussing the history of the area and the unique role of spaza shops in the community. The tour includes conversations with several local spaza shop owners, a walk down historic Kumalo Street (site of violent political clashes between ANC and IFP fighters during the early 1990s), and a visit to the little-known site of a former WWII-era airport. There will be a short taxi ride at the end of the tour (face masks mandatory).
The tour includes a lot of walking: Please wear comfortable shoes and a hat. A meal and local snacks are included, but please bring a bit of cash for shopping along the way.
This tour can accommodate only 12 participants, so register now. African Accent is easily accessible via Google Maps: Search for "African Accent Katlehong". There is safe, ample street parking in front of the shop.
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