Renos chats to Eric Itzkin about Newtown Heads refurbishment project

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Tune in to Saturday's Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice - Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8am to 11am
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8 am to 11 am

On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Eric Itzkin about the project to refurbish and replace the carved wooden Newtown Heads.


Eric Itzkin, Head: Immovable Heritage, in the City of Johannesburg. (cropped from photo by Adéle Bloem)
Eric Itzkin, Head: Immovable Heritage, in the City of Johannesburg. (cropped from photo by Adéle Bloem)

Newtown Heads.

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Freshly-carved heads will be welcomed on Mary Fitzgerald Square with garlands, banners and festivities as part of the Newtown New Festival. The launch of the heads marks a milestone in a project of the City’s Community Development Department to refurbish these much-loved public artworks, many of which have been damaged or
gone missing over the years.

The carved wooden heads that decorate the sidewalks in Newtown, Johannesburg will be replaced and refurbished.
The carved wooden heads that decorate the sidewalks in Newtown, Johannesburg will be replaced and refurbished.

Eric Itzkin was born in Johannesburg and spent a period working as a teacher in exile in Zimbabwe during the 1980s. Itzkin is a specialist in Johannesburg history. He has worked as a librarian, researcher and museum curator, and been involved for many years with managing heritage sites. Since 2003, he has championed blue plaques developed by the City of Johannesburg and helped bring these markers to over 100 sites of significance. Eric has a Master of Arts in Heritage Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Listen to the interview with Eric Itzkin, Head: Immovable Heritage, in the City of Johannesburg here:


Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8 am to 11 am

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