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Johannesburg-Bloggerin Laurice Taitz im Interview

Eine Frau über ihr Engagement für ein „schönes Johannesburg“

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Johannesburg ist eine Stadt, die mit vielen negativen Begleiterscheinungen einer Metropole in Verbindung gebracht wird – Kriminalität, Rassismus, Verkehrschaos, Armutsviertel und Arbeitslosigkeit. Laurice Taitz hingegen bloggt nur Positives aus und zu Jo´burg. Sie liebt ihren Wohnort, den man aus verschiedenen Perspektiven her betrachten müsse. Arme und Reiche leben hier beinahe nebeneinander. Viele Gesellschaften sind in einer Gesellschaft integriert. Die einstige Goldgräberstadt hat sich zu einer riesigen Heimat von Millionen von Menschen unterschiedlichster Herkunft, Religion, Sozialschicht und Nationalität entwickelt. Die Innenstadt mit dem Constitution Hill, dem Verfassungsgerichtshof Südafrikas, bewertet die Bloggerin als schönsten Ort Johannesburgs. Ebenso faszinieren sie die seit hundert Jahren bestehende Public Library, die öffentlichen Kunstinstallationen, das künstlerisch-hippe Viertel Maboneng, die Shopping-Straßen unweit der Diagonal Street und das äthiopische Viertel im Osten der Stadt. „Die Stadt ist voller Gegensätze und Plätze, die es zu entdecken gilt“, sagt Laurice. Und dennoch bevorzugen Europäer eher Kapstadt aufzusuchen. Sie selber war bereits zweimal in Deutschland und auch in Berlin. Die deutsche Hauptstadt beneidet sie für ihre schöne Architektur. „Es ist ein Ort, welcher viele Lektionen für Südafrika bereithält“, hält sie abschließend fest.

© Johannesburg is offering a reams of public arts (Picture Source: www.todoinjoburg.co.za)

© Johannesburg is offering a reams of public arts (Picture Source: http://www.todoinjoburg.co.za)

© Laurice Taitz, Blogger from Johannesburg

© Laurice Taitz, Blogger from Johannesburg

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ – the German Gateway to South Africa – the in Johannesburg based blogger Laurice Taitz.

You started your blog „nothing to do in joburg besides…“, in which you present a cultural view on this megacity. What is Johannesburg standing for?

Answer: Johannesburg is a city on the move. It was founded on a gold rush and it remains true to that, a city that in parts flashes its wealth and that also hides a rich seam of gold. It can be a difficult place to get to know but for me it’s a vibrant urban African metropolis.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which is from your point of view the most beautiful place in Johannesburg and for which reason?

Answer: The inner city is the most beautiful place because every time I am there I see that the huge efforts to revive it are showing results. Some of my favourite sites include: Constitution Hill, where the values of one of the most progressive constitutions in the world are brought to life each day; Johannesburg’s newly-renovated Public Library, a 100-year-old architectural masterpiece; the city’s growing collection of public art; the up-and-coming hip urban district of Maboneng; the maze of shopping streets of old Johannesburg around Diagonal street; the Ethiopian district on the east side of the city; and Braamfontein’s lively streetlife.

Diagonal Street on Google Street View

The city is full of contrasts, and places to explore. And while you didn’t ask, the second most beautiful place is Johannesburg’s suburbs in spring when the jacaranda trees are in bloom and this tree-lined city is full of purple blossoms.

© The Public Library in Johannesburg (Picture Source: www.todoinjoburg.co.za)

© The Public Library in Johannesburg (Picture Source: http://www.todoinjoburg.co.za)

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You demonstrate on your blog mostly lovely sights of Johannesburg. Why aren´t you writing on difficult topics like crime, poverty, xenophobia or corruption?

Answer: While I focus on what I love about the city and what it has to offer I never shy away from dealing with its less comfortable aspects, as these are part of the city’s challenges. As a former political reporter I am also acutely aware of giving readers the full story. I just don’t dwell on it because I see enormously positive changes taking place.

© Johannesburg is the home of different cultures (Picture Source: www.todoinjoburg.co.za)

© Johannesburg is the home of different cultures (Picture Source: http://www.todoinjoburg.co.za)

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Today, South Africa has developed a huge blogging scene. How would you evaluate the importance of blogs for the public opinion making process in South Africa?

Answer: I think that particularly the Joburg blogs that have emerged are helping to shape a new perception of the city for locals and foreigners. So many voices, filled with pride, in exploring a city, discovering its secrets and creating a sense of belonging from diverse perspectives.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Johannesburg is a big cosmopolitan city with many cultures and nationalities. Do you think that in Joburg is one society or rather several societies living side by side?

Answer: It depends where you stand. You can choose a pocket of the city and never see what’s beyond that corner but I think Joburg is many societies in one. A place where rich and poor live side by side, not always easily, and where people from all over Africa and the world congregate. The mix is what makes this city exciting.

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2010sdafrika-editorial staff: The most Germans and Europeans are preferring to live in Cape Town as in Johannesburg. How far could you understand this decision and which pros is Joburg providing?

Answer: I think people from Europe are easily seduced by Cape Town’s incredible beauty and promise of a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Who isn’t? But saying that, Joburg has a perceptible pulse all year round, and that makes it an exciting place to be with its mix of people, cultures, commerce and arts.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which perception do you have from Germany and Germans?

Answer: I have visited Germany twice and each time been struck by a country that has rebuilt itself into a modern and dynamic society and that continues to deal with its past but is looking to its future. It is a place that has many lessons for South Africa. I also fell in love with Berlin’s incredible architecture and hope to visit again soon.

© A spirit mix of religion and arts in Jo´burg (Picture Source: www.todoinjoburg.co.za)

© A spirit mix of religion and arts in Jo´burg (Picture Source: http://www.todoinjoburg.co.za)

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Laurice Taitz, blogger from Jo´burg, thank you very much for this urban interview!

2010sdafrika-Interview mit dem Architekten Luyanda Mpahlwa zur Johannesburger Städtekultur:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/johannesburg-im-architektur-boom/

Jo-Ann Strauss about her life, fashion and Germany

Miss South Africa 2000 in interview

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Wer zu WM-Zeiten das ZDF eingeschaltet hatte, der sah eine junge südafrikanische Frau, die mit viel Stolz und Leidenschaft über ihr Land berichtete. Es handelte sich um Jo-Ann Strauss, Miss South Africa 2010, TV-Star und Moderatorin. Sie spricht neben Englisch, auch perfektes Deutsch, da ihr Partner aus München kommt. Die Kaptstädterin studierte an der Stellenbosch University den Studiengang Medien, wechselte dann in Recht um. Die Lösung südafrikanischer Probleme, wie Kriminalität, sieht Jo-Ann Strauss bei der Ausweitung von Bildungsmöglichkeiten für Jung und Alt sowie beim Arbeitsplatzausbau. Der Modebranche Südafrikas, so das Topmodel, spricht sie viel Potential zu, jedoch ist Fashion vom Kapland im internationalen Vergleich nach wie vor noch relativ unbedeutend. Mit Deutschland, so Jo-Ann Strauss, verknüpft sie das gute Organisationsvermögen. „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ freut sich, diesen impulsiven VIP interviewt haben zu dürfen!

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© Jo-Ann Strauss – Miss South Africa 2000

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome Jo-Ann Strauss – Miss South Africa 2000, business woman and TV star – on the German based South Africa gateway „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“. You´re really a power woman with so many projects in different areas. Where are you getting this energy?

Answer: I’ve always believed: The more you do, the more you can do! There are so many opportunities in SA and I am blessed to be able to use them.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You graduated at the Stellenbosch University in law. Which reasons stimulated you to study this course of studies?

Answer: I had planned to do my post-grad studies in media and wanted to get a good general basic degree so I opted out of medicine and changed to law and commerce.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: As a really famous and popular personality from South Africa, you are promoting the rainbow nation to the world. How do you would like to describe your country and where should South Africa still progress?

Answer: South Africa has come a long way, but it still has far to go. We surprised the world by hosting such a fantastic World Cup, but I wish that we could sustain the momentum and positive changes in crime statistics that existed in the month of the World Cup. Education of young and old is a key success factor. We have a generation that did not have access to training and basic education and I believe that that generation feels let down by the current situation. If we create meaningful jobs, poverty and crime will decrease dramatically.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Cape Town is your hometown, which is famous for his film industry, fashion scene and cosmopolitan charm. Which role is South Africa and especially Cape Town taken in the global fashion?

Answer: It’s a small role, but it’s growing. We have a number of Fashion Weeks in SA which doesn’t make sense as its a relatively small industry. I hope that our fashion industry will reconcile all the top players in our fashion game and grow the industry and create jobs.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which personal projects would you like to realize?

Answer: So many 🙂 I want to be a balanced woman and have it all – family, career and happiness.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We have taken notice, that your partner is from Germany. For what is Germany standing for and how would you like to describe „German“ fashion?

Answer: He is from Munich and would love me to have a dirndl 😉  German fashion is a great example to the world – Karl Lagerfeld, Hugo Boss … I also like that each city has a distinct dress sense. And of course, I enjoy browsing Maximillian Strasse 🙂

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: During the World Cup 2010, you worked as moderator for the German television station ZDF. Which experiences has you gained with your German TV colleagues?

Answer: Germans are a LOT more organised than any TV crew I have worked with! I had lots of fun and also learnt a lot in terms of planning and logistics. These experiences are helping me with current TV projects I am starting to produce.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Jo-Ann Strauss, former Miss South Africa and figurehead of  modern South Africa, thank you very much for this interview!


Fashion and Lifestyle Column by top model Sam Pegg:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/?s=fashion+and+lifestyle+column&x=0&y=0