group and enjoy a variety of spicy Ethiopian treats and injera at a restaurant in a building known informally as Little Addis in downtown Johannesburg. Not for the faint of heart, but undoubtedly worth the trip. Also downtown is Old Chinatown, deep in one of the oldest parts of the city. Chinese immigrants came to the City of Gold in the late 1880s to work in the mines, and a handful of restaurants still exist in this old neighborhood. New Chinatown, in the suburb of Cyrildene, is home to more recent immigrants, and Derrick Avenue is the food hub: a street full of tiny eateries all crammed next to each other. Street food is big and buy a steamed bun full of minced pork and spring onions while you wander through the fesh-vegetable market. Finally, stop at The Plate for authentic crab curry and sizzling spare ribs. //
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More than 50 years ago, entrepreneur Richard Maponya was itching to open a clothing store in Soweto. But regulations treated black residents in South Western townships as temporary sojourners who could not own businesses. Even licensed grocery stores could sell only basics such as maize porridge, not luxury items tuna and Maponya has said. Which explains why $90 million Maponya Mall is so close to hearts. the shopping center to bring luxury goods (from $83 Cohiba cigars, $2,000 diamond rings and $65,000 motor vehicles) to this sprawling area of 1.1 million residents. About 1.5 million visitors, including growing number of millionaires, wander through Maponya each month. For Richard Maponya, who waited 28 years to build his dream mall, about Sandton City poshest to It also means jobs for mind Italian shoes. maponyamall.co.za S.
deltaskymag.com June 2010