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.
Although I was born in Troyeville and grew up in Jozi, I know that I haven’t experienced this city properly. I know some streets, while others are unfamiliar. So, even as a local, I like to approach this sometimes overwhelming metropolis with a sense of perpetual rediscovery.
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 and life.
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 who loves to write but isn’t big on reading fiction. By day I’m a sub-editor of a women’s interest magazine. I do tai chi and I’ve lived in Japan. I live in the suburbs with my partner and two Pekingese. I’ve got a thing for beer and Scandi Noir series, and I’m really bad at maths.