South Africa

Bree explosion a glimpse of Joburg’s apocalyptic future

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Some of the damage on Bree street in the Johannesburg CBD, after a underground explosion caused major damage, 20 July 2023. Picture Neil McCartney

The road to dystopia is paved with names of struggle stalwarts. On the City of Joburg’s GeoLis land information system, William Nicol Drive has been changed to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Drive. Appropriately.


In the Oxford definition, dystopia is “an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic”.