The Next Movement

The Story of Tshepo, Downtown Music Hub Mural

Through a connection from another project, The Upcycle Challenge, the JICP was approached to assist with identifying a suitable wall for a mural which would be the culmination of a competition held by the Dutch organisation The Next Movement, initiated a project in South Africa.

A series of workshops on the impact of cartoons, were hosted by The Cartoon Movement, with input by world famous South African cartoonist Zapiro. Participants at the virtual workshops were encouraged to “share your vision, ideas and hopes about the future we need.” (Mural Contest in Johannesburg)

These sketches were then turned into cartoons by professional cartoonist across the globe and from these cartoons, a winner and two runners up were chosen. The sketch by Zaheer Sooliman was turned into a cartoon by Cuban cartoonist OSVAL which in turn inspired a mural by South African artist Ras Silas Motse. The JICP identified the Downtown Music Hub as the perfect location for the mural and in one intense week the mural was created and launched on Thursday 11 November 2021.

This initiative formed part of a bigger program of events by the Dutch Embassy #COCREATESANL which aims to bring the sharpest minds from South Africa and the Netherlands together to develop Smart Solutions for Resilient Cities.

The project involved many moving parts and the JICP was so grateful to be a part of such an inspiring project.

The Walkable Network

The mural, Tshepo, kindly sponsored by the NL Embassy is the start of a much larger project that includes the Walkable Network and also the creation of a Music Precinct with the DTMH as its core. The NL mural is  the 1st step in the upgrade process of the Joburg Inner City Partnership.

The Walkable Network is a partnership-based package of interventions that target streets and public spaces to create a clean, safe and welcoming Inner City experience. The focus of the initative is improved walkability along streets and in other public places through various forms of placemaking, such as pedestrianisation, public art, street furniture, lighting, landscaping, signage, safety and cleanliness interventions through partnerships with public, private and civil society stakeholders from the property, design, security, waste management, academic, food production and other sectors.

The City of Joburg has incorporated the Walkable Network as one of the key Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) projects in the Inner City Transport Master Plan currently underway.

Turning Joburg’s inner city into a network of walkable (dailymaverick.co.za)

Walkable Network - The Johannesburg Inner City Partnership (jicp.org.za)