The doors to GoetheOnMain (the Goethe-Institut’s experimental arts space at Arts on Main) were closed. While we waited for someone to open up, my daughter Hannah and I took a stroll down Fox Street to get a snack.
Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct is, of course, a controversial development. Urban regeneration or exclusive gentrification? The jury is still out. Yet, while the class dynamics of any bohemian bubble are problematic, and while Maboneng has been criticised for the “whiteness” of its modus operandi, the beautiful and good frequenting the eatery we found were (racially at least) a fairly diverse lot.
So I was blindsided when Hannah, all of age five, cheerfully informed me: “Dad, there are some places with only light-skinned waiters, and some places with only dark-skinned waiters.”