Hi! I am Lucille Davie. I am a Joburg fundi, offering tours of my favourite city; English lessons to expats; and writing up my favourite tales of the city.
Joburg is a vibrant city, but always restless, searching for its soul, and that's what makes it an exciting city to live in. It has passionate mood swings, can be difficult at times, but always rewards us with a brilliant sunset, to soothe our days. The ultimate love-hate relationship, but heck, you've got to love this city!
Almost nothing gives me more satisfaction than doing tours of the city, letting people in on some of its secrets, including its significant role in nurturing some of South Africa's great leaders, and how it was the centre of resistance to apartheid. But also its quieter corners, like a bike trip on the Braamfontein spruit, or a visit to some of the Randlords mansions, or sitting inside a famous church, imbibing its spirit.
My other great passion is teaching English to expats. I get enormous pleasure from teaching children and adults, and seeing how their confidence grows as we enjoy exploring English together.
Right, let's get down to business.
I offer three services:
English teacher for expats (adults and children), or other 2nd language English speakers.
I am a Johannesburg tour guide, offering Jozi tours & tales,
based on my years of research and writing about Joburg, and speaking to some of the people who were there.
I have a BA HED (Higher Education Diploma), and a Tesol English 2nd Language Diploma. I have over 35 years’ teaching experience, and over 15 years’ writing experience, as a journalist in Johannesburg. For the past 7 years I have conducted tours of Joburg.
And when I’m not teaching or writing or conducting tours, I'll be taking in the Joburg vibes and events - it may be a book launch, an art exhibition opening, a touch of jazz, a talk on intriguing stuff . . . there's always something happening in this town, where I have lived for the past 40 years.
Come along on the journey with me - let's have fun exploring English and the city!
Let's chat more about my writing.
I have four facets:
For three years I wrote a monthly column for Joburg’s oldest paper, the Saturday Star, called Jozi Rewired.
I traversed the city, always looking for intriguing things Joburgers were up to, from
pop-up food and tuk-tuks to rooftop gardens and skateboarding.
For 12 years I researched and wrote the story of Johannesburg for the city website, interviewing people who were there in the making of that story.
I also wrote for mediaclubsouthafrica.com, and had great fun walking in the footsteps of the great naturalist and explorer William Burchell, and so much more.
One of the features I created on the website was Why I love Joburg. I quizzed significant Joburgers, getting their answers to just that question.
I had a lot of fun doing it, so have decided to do a version of it here, and call it Jozi People.
There are so many great things to do in the city, and I try to catch as many of them as possible.
This blog takes you on these journeys - come and explore Jozi with me, and learn things about the city you didn't know about.