There is new warm and fertile breeding spot for Joburg’s cool, creatives, social climbers, et al. called Joziburg based at no.1 Eloff Street, Johannesburg CBD. Some of the descriptors already used to visually paint the picture of this new “IT” dwelling with words are; “the eye-catching blue and turquoise block”, “visionary new complex for fun, food, film, exhibitions and rooftop parties in the city”, “a neighbourhood of colours, freedom and expression – that it aims to become an aspirational living, working, entertainment and shopping community/district by and for the inner city urban dweller.”
Do not feel bad if for your knee-jerk reaction is the thought of Maboneng precinct only less colourful.
Joziburg is housed underneath the umbrella of property management company called Molten Black (Pty) Ltd owned by Geoff Jardine, Dylan Jennings, and Bruce Thomson. Dylan Jennings, Molten Black’s CEO, has been involved in property management since 2009 and a part of the LISAM Group since 2011. Dylan started out by managing various property portfolios for private individuals within the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. He built his own property portfolio before selling his shares and joining Geoff and Bruce on their journey to build up a property management company, which he runs today. While initially established solely to manage LISAM’s property, Molten Black has recently begun taking on third party buildings the company has a letting portfolio of over 1000 residential units and 400 commercial units with a current vacancy rate of 5%. Molten Black offers a fully comprehensive service including property management, marketing, leasing, billing, collections, reconciliations, facilities and operational management.
Joziburg building houses loft style apartments which you can rent or buy (1 Bedroom from R3675.00 and 2 Bedroom from R3990.00), entertainment spaces, office and retail spaces for rent. The precinct also has a space called, Bag Alley which is an exploration and combination of informal street trader style stores with a platform for entrepreneurs to get to grips with retail in a cost-effective and stimulating atmosphere. Every month has a different calendar of events taking place July saw the launch of The Kollective Pop Up Gallery. Where every last Thursday over the next five months, the gallery will be introducing a new artist collaboration around a night market setting. The galleries first exhibition in collaboration with The Uncultured Club took place on the 27th of July the first conversation steered by Chisanga Mubanga of The Uncultured Club was with Anthony Bila, Nicholas Rawhani as invited panelists.
Saturday, 29th of July was the inaugural of “Feel Good Series” a monthly day party hosted every last Saturday of the month at Joziburg’s newest rooftop venue. Feel Good Series is a WKND Social breakaway brainchild of Nandi Dlepu aka Mamakashaka who was part of the all black girls magic squad, The WKND Social collective. The musical landscape is an agile blend of Funk, Soul, R&B, House, Hip-Hop, Reggae and global grooves all mixed with an equal share of classic jams, rare gems and modern day bangers. It’s a laid-back day time groove that stretches into the evening and will feature guest appearances from various artists and DJs.
Saturday, 26 August is the second installment of Feel Good Series. You can buy tickets for R50 online or R100 at the door
So if you so too sure what to this month perhaps pop in Joziburg to see what they have on offer. The place is also quite instagrammable if that is any incentive for you to go check it out.