the only city in Africa
where marimba and djembe are found only in a
built atop a former mine
where the only signs of mine workers are:
two (half frozen) golden mime artists
two mini-statues at the toy train station
tour guides in overalls, boots and cap-lamps.
Igoli: “city of gold” in isiZulu
Salimah Valiani is a poet, activist and researcher based in Igoli (Johannesburg). She has published four collections of poetry and Dear South Africa, a 2019 Praxis Magazine e-chapbook. Her next poetry collection, 29 leads to love, will be published by Inanna Publications in 2021.