Rock-climbers scaling the face of one of the Orlando Cooling Towers in Soweto. The towers, once drab and grey, are part of a now-decommissioned power plant that provided electricity for the white suburbs of Johannesburg. What a symbol of the power imbalance of Apartheid: giant towers looming over a powerless landscape. But these days, the towers are the biggest works of public art in Joburg, and people come to the site to bungee-jump and climb and paintball and drink and party and braai.


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