#HoughtonEstate Residents United.

We live in a very unique place on earth. It’s rich with heritage, culture and traditions which have come to define this gem in Johannesburg. Beautiful gardens, mansions and architecture boast the golden years of this magnificent living relict.

We live in a very unique place on earth. It’s rich with heritage, culture and traditions which have come to define this gem in Johannesburg. Beautiful gardens, mansions and architecture boast the golden years of this magnificent living relict.

We live in a very unique place on earth. It’s rich with heritage, culture and traditions which have come to define this gem in Johannesburg. Beautiful gardens, mansions and architecture boast the golden years of this magnificent living relict.

Landlords and tenants are both equally in appreciation of living in such an area where history still lives on.The time has moved-on and the generations of Houghton Estate contributors slowly disappear as the change of hands to custodians of the artefacts.

We are privileged to now stand as stewards of our community’s treasures. As a community we share a common purpose for safety, clean environments and that our children will be proud of the investments we have safeguarded.

Politicians come and go with ideologies for their personal gain, however sadly with these shifts of changes we see the negligence of their duties affecting our way of life. Over-grown grass, potholes and dug-up driveways, on and on it goes without any care in the world to the representative.

Whether they do or don’t do their job – their stipends are protected whilst our investments are on shaking ground.It would be futile to believe that politicians, who live outside our community, know what is best given that ruins lie around us. This is our community, and we have the right to charter its future.

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Maxwell’s Spaza Shop…

At the imaginary line between Upper Houghton and Yeoville is Maxwell’s Spaza Shop. There are no clear demarcation of this boundary between these two areas – only the visible signs of the cleaned, treelined streets with huge Mansions and well manicured lawns. As you make the transition into Yeoville, the houses are mostly in disrepair and unkept with shops such as Maxwell’s in front where once a carport or garden.

At the imaginary line between Upper Houghton and Yeoville is Maxwell’s Spaza Shop. There are no clear demarcation of this boundary between these two areas – only the visible signs of the cleaned, treelined streets with huge Mansions and well manicured lawns. As you make the transition into Yeoville, the houses are mostly in disrepair and unkept with shops such as Maxwell’s in front where once a carport or garden.

IMG_0118Maxwell is from Nigeria, and recently moved into the neighbourhood. As I stood chatting with him while he prepared his food to later sell in the evening. The tiled floor dirty, and the large enamel bowl filled with chicken pieces to place on a skewer despite the warm temperature and the absence of hygiene to using gloves, proper counters – Maxwell uses what he has to earn a living.

Loving your neighbour as you love yourself is not the creed in Upper Houghton as much of the locals wishing to segregate themselves from Yeoville. Ignorant and oblivious to the fact that slowly Yeoville is taking over – as property after property is being exchanged to wealthy Nigerians. There are talks of closing the road so that these neighbours don’t contaminate their posh neighbourhoods.

Astonishingly this demarcation is also shared politically of that being ANC and DA. The matter of love and goodwill to ones neighbours are bankrupt in this neighbourhood, for status and wealth are the keys to acceptance.