Once upon a time, about 130 years ago, a group of Zulu men called the AmaWasha ran a business washing clothes beside a stream, on the outskirts of a ramshackle mining town called Johannesburg.
The water in this stream was particularly good for clothes-washing. Soon a bustling laundry called Rand Steam mushroomed on the spot, displacing the AmaWasha. South Africans hotels shipped their linens from as far away as Cape Town to be washed at Rand Steam.
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By Heather Mason
(Blog: 2Summers – An American in Quirky Johannesburg)
Photo by Heather Mason ©2Summers