Rebuilding Foundations

An exploration of international development work in Africa


Last weekend I explored Melville Koppies, the nature reserve behind my new place.  The property is long and narrow so, even though it’s a good walk, you can always see fences and houses along its edge.  If you climb to the highest point, however, you get a beautiful view of downtown Johannesburg.

When I first moved to South Africa, my younger sister asked me if I was living in a desert.  I told her, “No.  Think The Lion King instead of Aladdin.”   The environmental here is naturally savanna (like the foreground of the photo below).  Interestingly, this city is the largest man-made forest in the world.  As you can see in the middle of the photo, the view of Johannesburg is largely of tree canopy.  Each of those was individually planted!

Only a small section of sprawling Johannesburg is dense city, as seen in the background.

View of Hillbrow from Melville Koppies


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