Fordsburg is a suburb in Johannesburg, mostly comprised of the Indian community. This past weekend I joined in on a walk through Fordsburg to learn more about what goes on there.
What I learnt is that if you are looking for any kind of spice – Fordsburg is the place to go. You will also find herbal medicine shops, vegetable shops/side walk markets, butcheries, sweet shops, barbers, hairdressors, clothing shops, material shops, and food, food and food. Most of the products available in Fordsburg are imported from India or other Asian countries. The quality is good and the prices are even better.
The streets are generally kept quite clean and the buildings give you the whole ‘city’ feeling with high rise (not too high though) buildings, with shops along the sidewalks. There are many people walking around the streets as well as driving. If you go on a weekend you are likely to get yourself stuck in a traffic jam, it gets very busy with everyone wanting to go in different directions. Quite manic at times.
I think that the best way to describe Fordsburg is through photographs, so here are a few to show the different parts of Fordsburg.
I tried a different kind of editing, just to give them a ‘funky’ look. Click on the image to make it bigger.
There is always the odd tree sprinkled in between the buildings
A taxi driver having a snooze while waiting in the street
There are many vegetables and herbs sold on the sidewalk – very fresh and at very decent prices
THE hotel to stay in if you are looking to spend the night in Fordsburg
This shop sells all kinds of Hindu ornaments, books and statues
A street in Fordsburg
One of the restaurant owners looking out onto the street before they got busy for the day
This sweet meats shop also sold savoury goodies – all looking absolutely delicious
All the products are imported from India or other Asian countries
The shop keepers are all friendly and willing to help
Of course you can get all your textile needs, at decent prices
These chillies are sold at a small vegetable stand in a parking lot. Piles and piles of chillies.
Many of the locals come to Fordsburg on the weekend to stock up on all their groceries
The gathering spot for all of the pigeons in the area
A man threw out some seeds on the sidewalk which sent all the pigeons wild fluttering to get some seeds.
A rush to get the seeds
Here this man sells some street food outside a spice shop.
Loads and loads of products – all kinds of curry pastes, chilli sauces, preservatives…you name it.
Shelves of any kind of spice you can think of will be sold somewhere in Fordsburg
Big bags of all different kinds of rice is available
There are a few guys along the streets that sell coconuts. They go for R8 and they will cut them open for you to drink the coconut milk. The coconut milk will replace all your enzymes that you have lost while walking the streets in the sun.
Some buildings in Fordsburg
Here seems to be a ‘cleaner’ part of Fordsburg
You can get any dvd you want in Fordsburg – even if it hasn’t been released as yet.
There is a small flea market that sells everything from sunglasses to vegetables to clothes as well as electronics
Making laffa bread on the street corner. The House of Schwarmas is where we stopped for lunch – it was delicious. They give you a bit of show outside while making the laffa bread that they wrap your schwarma in.