My name is Ang Lloyd and I’m a thirty-something journalist and observer at heart: I’m particularly interested in telling stories, especially about the people who live in this challenging, beautiful place called Johannesburg (aka Jozi). I believe that language is a tool that can be used to convey powerful messages, explore the extraordinary in the mundane, and unlock secret worlds.
I also don’t want to romanticise or vilify Johannesburg, either – it can be a very difficult place to live in and I hope to communicate its struggles, as well as its bristling energy. It’s taken me a while to appreciate this city I call home; Joburg is the kind of place that, at first, seems intimidating, and even perhaps a bit inhospitable. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a friendly city that’s full of possibility.
It’s my hope that this blog inspires those who live in Joburg to get out of their comfort zones and get to know Jozi a bit better – and to realise that there’s more to this place than crime and craft coffee.
As for me, I’m an introvert (and I’m constantly trying to find places in the city with the least amount of people). I run my own content and communications business (called wordbird), and I do tai chi and Ryūkyū kobujutsu to stay fit. I now live in a suburb in the east of Jo’burg with my partner and two Pekingese. I love beer and Scandi noir series, I’m not on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and I’m really bad at maths.