May 11, 2021

This Man Spends 12 Years Building a Replica of Johannesburg in His Own Backyard

What started as an unmet dream, this replica of Johannesburg turned into an absolutely fabulous project named NegoCity.

This miniature version was built by Mulalo Nego Negondeni, a 26-year-old from Mukula village in Limpopo Province, South Africa. It took him 12 years to complete this project, which he built in his parents’ backyard using all recycled materials.

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The whole inspiration for this amazing work came from the First Nationl Bank Stadium in 2008, which was one of the places Mulalo dreamed to visit during the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament. Knowing his parent’s couldn’t afford the ticket, he decided to build that stadium in his own house so he could se it everyday.

It took him some time to achieve the results we see now. First he build the stadium with mud, but knowing that it would wash away as soon as it’d rain, he kept searching for stronger materials which would resist the weather conditions. He used cement, soil, plastic, cardboard, wires, fabric and sand.

Though space in the backyard is almost entirely filled up with colorful structures of recycled materials, this artist has big hopes for the future. “I want to build a very impressive soccer museum in South Africa,” he says. “It would be called ‘2010 FIFA World Cup Memorial Park Museum.’

This would be done by me and some of the greatest artists from South Africa and Africa. My aim is to keep the legacy of 2010 alive forever and also to create jobs for artists—empowering them to continue doing their art and get more exposure internationally.”

This South African man built a miniature replica of Johannesburg in his parents’ backyard.

To create the replica, the man used various recycled materials.

Mulalo started the project back in 2008 after seeing the FNB Stadium on TV.

The man was so impressed with the stadium, he decided to build a replica so he could see it every day.

Mulalo has some pretty big plans for the future – like opening a Soccer Museum in South Africa.

More info: LinkedIn