Chancellor House


It was in this three-storey building that, in the 1950s, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo set up South Africa's first black-owned law firm. After a 2012 renovation, it features a public 'outside museum' that can be visited any time of the day or night. Photos and panels displayed in the windows give a vivid insight into Mandela's and Tambo's lives.

Opposite is the 5m-tall painted steel sculpture Shadow Boxing by Marco Cianfanelli, based on Bob Gasini's famous photo of Mandela sparring in 1952.

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1. Shadow Boxing Sculpture

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Based on Bob Gasini's famous photo of Mandela shadow boxing in 1952, this 5m-tall painted steel sculpture by Jo'burg artist Marco Cianfanelli stands…

2. Walter and Albertina Sisulu Statue


By Jo'burg artist Marina Walsh, this charming statue depicts larger-than-life versions of the Sisulus in their elder years, seated and facing each other…

3. Anglo American Head Office

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This handsome building, taking up an entire block, has been the mining company's HQ in Africa since 1939. It has an impressive main entrance with delicate…

4. Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

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Testament to the remarkable reawakening of downtown Jo'burg, this well-organised science museum, full of interactive exhibitions, occupies a former power…

5. Main St Pedestrian Mall

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Honouring Jo'burg's history of mining are a series of information panels, statues and artifacts lining the partly pedestrianised mall at the western end…

6. Turbine Hall

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An icon of the city's rebirth, this massive power station was refurbished in 2007 and now houses the impressive new headquarters of AngloGold Ashanti as…

7. Johannesburg Public Library

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At every desk in this handsome multilevel library (first opened in 1935 and designed by John Perry in an Italianate style) sit people reading and working…

8. Workers’ Museum


This important museum is in the restored Electricity Department’s compound, which was built in 1910 for 300-plus municipal workers and has been declared a…