Welcome to 211 Columbine Avenue, Mondeor!

John and Amy Ledger welcome you to our house in Mondeor.

We are ideally situated for guests working at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, locally known as ‘Bara’. The house is on the corner of Columbine Avenue and Ormonde Drive, just ten minutes away from the hospital by car. Access to the city is also easy on the nearby M1 motorway, and offers a 20-30 minute drive (outside peak traffic periods) to the University of the Witwatersrand (‘Wits’) Medical School and the adjacent Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in Parktown.

If you are doing your elective at the Charlotte Maxeke hospital, or Helen Joseph hospital or other hospitals in the centre of Johannesburg, we do NOT recommend our place for your stay. The morning and evening traffic congestion can be a real problem. Rather find accommodation in Parktown, Parkview, Auckland Park or in a university residence. In short, Bara-House is great for Bara only!

Maps of South Africa and Johannesburg can be viewed on Google Maps. To locate our house go to http://www.maps.google.co.za and type 211 Columbine Avenue, Mondeor, Johannesburg in the Search box.


We provide self-catering accommodation in a safe, comfortable house with all amenities, patio, swimming pool, attractive garden and barbecue facilities. The large lounge / dining area / bar has satellite TV and a sound system. There is space for parking inside the yard, which is fully walled. The kitchen is fully equipped with cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, stove, microwave, refrigerator, deep freeze, washing machine, iron and ironing board. Our housekeeper is Jenelia Bhebhe, and she will ensure that you are made welcome at Barahouse!

Guests must book for a minimum of 14 nights.

We offer two north-facing luxury twin-bed rooms (ideal for friends sharing or couples), with shared bathroom and toilet facilities. The toilet is separate from the bathroom and has a hand basin. The bathroom has a bath, a shower and a hand basin. Both bedrooms have spacious cupboards with hanging space and shelves, bedside lights and a desk. All bed linen and towels are supplied, and are changed on a weekly basis. The house is cleaned and the rooms are serviced regularly between Monday and Friday.


Personal consumables like toilet paper, soap and washing powder are not provided and you must buy your own supply.


North-facing twin room (west).

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North-facing twin room (east)

North twin east


Twin rooms

R180 per single person per night. Two people sharing:  R135 per person per night.


An advance bank transfer of at least 50% of the estimated total amount due must be received to secure the accommodation. All bank charges are for the guest’s account. Please see banking details below.

The balance due is payable in full in cash on arrival

Should a guest choose to leave early, the payment for accommodation booked and not used is not refundable.


Account name: A. Ledger. Account Number: 202 415 945.  Bank: Standard Bank, Southdale Branch, Johannesburg.  SWIFT code: SBZA ZAJJ. Please ensure that you have the nine digit Account Number 202 415 945 on all your booking documents!


We only allocate and reserve your accommodation once the deposit is received. This means that until we receive your deposit, the accommodation you are interested in may be allocated to another person if he/she pays the deposit before you do!

This can result in disappointment when you discover that the room you thought you had booked is no longer available. If you want to secure your accommodation, pay the deposit in good time!


There is no telephone in the house, and our guests normally hire a mobile phone or bring one with them – they are inexpensive and essential for keeping in touch. A mobile phone is an essential item of equipment for your visit to South Africa. However, we recommend that you do not do any mobile phone deals at the airport, as you are likely to pay more than anywhere else.

In terms of new legislation, mobile telephones have to be registered under the RICA regulations. This requires you to provide proof of residence when you apply for a SIM card. We will provide you with your invoice for accommodation on arrival, which can be used as proof of your place of residence when applying for a mobile cell phone service.


We do not have a land line in the house, but Mondeor is covered by wireless 3G or HDSPA and a suitable wireless modem will enable you to access the Internet from your laptop. This is for you to arrange with a service provider of your choice when you get to Joburg.


We have an information leaflet that will be given to you on arrival. Please read it carefully. No smoking is allowed inside the house. Please respect the rights of other guests, share the facilities and equipment equitably, clean up after using the kitchen and bathroom, and strive for a sensitive and harmonious relationship with others sharing the house. Please refrain from using excessive hot water as this may deprive other residents. Our guests work hard during their times on duty at Bara, and appreciate a quiet home from home in which to sleep, relax and study. Kindly report any problems to us immediately for attention. See our contact details below.


There are good shopping, banking and entertainment centres nearby at Southgate and The Glen, with smaller convenience stores, restaurants, internet cafe, post office, medical centre and pharmacy in Mondeor itself or close by. There are also gyms and health centres in the area. Joggers will find the rather hilly terrain a worthy challenge, and many of the main roads have good pedestrian walkways that are jogger-friendly.

The nearby Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve offers walks and trails with the opportunity of encountering various antelope species on foot, and plenty for birdwatchers to see. Guided tours of the reserve are offered on most weekends. Visit the website of the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Association (KNRA) for information: http://www.klipriviersberg.org.za.


Some of our guests are apprehensive about visiting Johannesburg, and may have heard negative reports about crime levels in this city. Our house is very safe, with security bars on all external windows. The property is completely closed to the street by a remote-controlled automatic roller door. Mondeor is generally a rather peaceful and tolerant area, with its own local police station – none of our guests has ever been threatened or lost any belongings while staying at our house.

Observing basic safety precautions, being sensible about your situation at all times and avoiding high risk areas will ensure that your stay in Joburg is no different to visiting London, Washington, Frankfurt or Paris. Basic safety precautions include not carrying valuable items like laptop computers, expensive cameras, jewellery, large amounts of cash or other tempting items in busy public places. There are also parts of downtown Johannesburg city where one should not venture alone.

We have a strong room available where you can store valuable items on request.



ALWAYS put valuable items in the boot of the car where they are out of sight. Take special precautions to ensure that your passport, driving licence, credit cards and cash are kept in a safe place. Loss of such items can be a real hassle and waste a lot of your valuable time.


Whenever possible and feasible, and on request, John will meet guests at Johannesburg International Airport, and take them back for their return flights at the end of their stay. Providing flight details in good time is important if you want to make use of this facility.

Note that this service cannot always be guaranteed as I may be unavailable for whatever reason. My charge for airport transfers is R300 one way, and I can transport two people and their luggage at a time. Taxis are available at the airport; they charge R400 and upwards for the trip to Mondeor. There is no direct bus or train service from the airport to Mondeor. You must please pay John directly for the airport transfers.


Joburg has a limited public transport system. Municipal buses do travel the main routes during working hours, but are infrequent after hours or over weekends. Minibus taxis can get you to most destinations – however they are considered risky because a lot of the drivers are reckless. Some of our more adventurous guests have successfully used these taxis to get around.


Most of our guests find it beneficial to hire a car to get the best out of their time in Johannesburg. Without a car your options are very limited. To drive here you must bring a valid International Driving License which can only be issued in your home country, and cannot be obtained after your arrival in South Africa.

There are many global car hire companies like Avis, Budget and Herz in South Africa, but their rates are high. A number of our guests have successfully used the services of Kinetic Car Hire, who offer more reasonable rates for older model cars. Please contact them directly to arrange car hire and to find out their terms and conditions.

Call Elaine on +27 82 466-5146 or +27 83 659-5933 or e-mail info@kineticcar.co.za

They are closed on Saturdays.


Dr John Ledger, PO Box 427, MONDEOR 2110. Phone: +27 11 680-1553. Mobile: +27 83-650-1768. E-mail: John.Ledger@wol.co.za

Amy Ledger (Attorney), 211 Columbine Avenue, MONDEOR 2091. Mobile: +27 83-650-1767; E-mail: amyledger@wbs.co.za OR amyledger777@gmail.com

Updated 16 October 2015

The Airplane Factory

We recently had Dr Patrick Peschke staying with us for his two month stint in the Bara Trauma section. Patrick is a medical practitioner with the German Army, and also has his European Private Pilot’s Licence. We thought he would enjoy a visit to The Airplane Factory, an innovative South African enterprise that builds the Sling two and four-seat light aircraft, both of which have been flown around the world – look at www.airplanefactory.co.za


Patrick and I were given a great tour through the factory, not far from Mondeor at the Tedderfield airport. We saw all stages of the Sling manufacturing process – the entire aircraft is built from scratch in the factory, which employs 120 people, mostly from the local community- some 200 aircraft have been built to date, and sold locally as well as overseas as fully built planes and kits for self-construction.


Time to go flying! Mike Blyth, the founder of the company, invited us to fly with him in the ‘Red Baron’ Sling 4, ZU-TAD, which had recently been to Oshkosh in North America and back. We flew north over Baragwanath Hospital, and saw just how big it is, then over Soccer City, and turned back south over Mondeor where Patrick flew the plane for a while and later said it was very responsive and a pleasure to fly. It is a sophisticated light aircraft powered by an Austrian Rotax 100hp turbocharged engine.


In the photo, Patrick and Mike celebrate a safe landing!

 Copy of Patrick with Mike Blyth Sling 4 30APR14a