Watch these spaces

I’ve been told to watch my camera for many reasons, but never because of bird poop. Gerald Garner from JoburgPlaces had a good reason for the warning though. At the moment, only Joburg pigeons are calling The Sheds @1 Fox in Ferreirasdorp home. But that’s set to change.

Passing through the huge metal gates, you’re greeted by some old industrial buildings. The alleyway above doesn’t look that interesting, but just hold on. It leads to the coolest spaces (check out the photos below). Gerald believes that they could date back to 1920; some may be even older. I love them in their current state (even with the bird poop and feathers). But of course, it will be better if they can be used. And that they will.

In October 2014, these awesome, high ceilinged 'sheds' will open as a pop-up market. They’ll be open till the end of the year. In 2015 renovations will start to change it into a permanent market specialising in local produce, food and drinks, and South African design. It will also include restaurants and drinking spots, as well as an event space.

Does Joburg need another market though? Gerald says that this one will be a bit different. It will be aimed at office workers in the area, as well as tourists. And the plan is to eventually have it open most days of the week.

For more info or if you’ve got something to bring to market, give Gerald a shout at gerald@joburgplaces.com.

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