Yeoville Day 1: Out of my depth

 

This view many films shot and the uupcomign Anyanda and the mechanic.

SKYLINE: Many films are shot in Yeoville, one of them being the upcoming Ayanda and the Mechanic where a few scenes were shot at this hill near the Water Tower. From this view you can see Johannesburg city and Ellis Park Stadium. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

*As part of the in-depth research project, one of the requirements of the BA Honours in Journalism and Media Studies degree at Wits University, students are required to write daily blog entries to show the progress of their projects.  This year the theme is Yeoville and students have to take on a topic that tells a story that is Yeoville specific.

The first official day of In Depth 2014 was not easy to get through (and this is only the beginning).  At the start, I had some idea of the story I wanted to do.  However as we explored the streets of Yeoville, I started having doubts.

The group’s topic is Creations and it involves art, innovations, inventions, architecture and possibly babies.  I thought I would explore the creation of churches, but now even the creation of babies seems like a better idea.

WILL SHAKES:  A few years ago, a French artist wrote a few words taken from the play, Macbeth on a number of walls in Yeoville.  Photo: Lameez Omarjee

WILL SHAKES: A few years ago, a French artist wrote quotes taken from the play, Macbeth on a number of walls in Yeoville. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

 

Today was not our first time in Yeoville.  We went out on Friday, and we got loads of information about the place and the documentaries on YouTube were also very informative.  So the information overload has proven to be overwhelming.  I expect things to go better once I have a plan of action.

So far, I managed to get a few numbers of churches.  The plan is to arrange a meeting with some of the contacts by the end of the week.  I hope to find a character to build the story around,  with some conflict (holding thumbs).

Simultaneously, I am considering the multimedia part, which is going to be tricky because I can’t work on it until I sort out the basic story (to be continued).

The good news is, the Yeoville experience was pleasant.  We walked past Herman Charles Bosman’s old home.  The Department of Education was ambitious in making us study his literature in grade 9.  We also saw Wolfie Kodesh’s flat on 52 Webb where he hid Nelson Mandela during apartheid.  Besides walking past some historical buildings like the oldest house in Yeoville, the street where Joe Slovo grew up and the catholic churches, we also enjoyed the view of the Jo’burg skyline where some movie scenes were shot.

HERMAN'S HOME:  This is the very house Herman Charles Bosman shot dead his step-brother David Russell on July 17, 1926.  Photo: Lameez Omarjee

HERMAN’S HOME: This is the very house Herman Charles Bosman shot dead his step-brother David Russell on July 17, 1926. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

We ended the day by trying out some Congolese food.   There is a spectrum of different African cultures present in Yeoville.  Many immigrants arrive at Yeoville when they first come to South Africa and move on to other cities once they’re better established.  The chicken and fish looked tasty, but I’m a vegetarian so I only got to try Fufu, a staple dish.

For now, back to the drawing board.

 

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