Rand Steam: Shop while you catch a whiff of old Joburg

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Rand Steam: Shop while you catch a whiff of old Joburg

The new complex in Richmond has plenty of history to make it more than your run-of-the-mill mall

Sanet Oberholzer

Walking around the new Rand Steam shopping complex on the corner of Barry Hertzog and Napier Street in Richmond, I wonder what it looked like shortly after Johannesburg was founded. There is a certain feeling conjured up by the space that makes you think it’s somewhat special.

Built on the location of the original Rand Steam Laundries and, before that, the work space of the Ama-Washa Zulu washermen of the late 19th century, Rand Steam opened at the end of April and is alive with history.

It was declared a heritage site in 2007. The developers worked in conjunction with the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation to rebuild the original structures that were largely demolished in 2008. The result is a relaxed vibe of steam punk industrial meets green urban...

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