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Yeoville Market Spruced Up

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The long awaited completion of the Yeoville Market upgrades have been realised. Commuters and locals can now enjoy the newly refurbished facility for their routine shopping.

The Market which is managed by the Joburg Property Company (JPC), which manages the City of Johannesburg's (CoJ) property portfolio, is 20 years old and a refurbishment was required. There was also a need for more space to accommodate the growing number of traders who were on the waiting list to lease stalls. The entity invested in excess of R12 Million in the project which was done in two phases. The first phase started in May 2016 and completed in May 2017. "We completed the second phase which started this year in April, in September. It is standard procedure and our mandate to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of our facilities, for sustainability and safety", says Helen Botes, CEO of JPC.

The facility located at the corner of Bedford and Raleigh Streets, is made of bricks and concrete roof tiles on a timber roof structure supported by gumpole columns. It also has sheet-metal roof coverings on the verandas and in the main passageways and paved floors. The paving needed to be replaced in order to address stormwater drainage problems.

Some of the work done in the first phase included the repairing of roof leaks as well as new gutters and downpipes. The passageways were fitted with new roof coverings to provide cover during rainstorms. Also, male and female toilets were demolished and re-built. Lastly, the layout of stalls was redesigned to optimise space usage and improve efficiency. In total, 19 new stalls were built even one of which was converted from the pre-existing cold room which was not functional. There were traders who operated from an open area with just a table, while others had steel cages. New stalls were built with brick walls which allow the traders to operate in more secure facilities. The exposed electrical wires on walls which posed a safety risk to traders and the public were repaired in order to comply with municipal regulations.

The second phase of the upgrade began with the demolition of the stage canopy and stand to make way for 29 new stalls. The pre-existing stalls which total up to 138, were fitted with new lights and re-painted. The wall on Bedford Street was damaged due to water leakages had to be demolished and re-built. The newly built walls have waterproofing and buttressing walls for additional support.

"The renovations will make a huge impact in attracting more customers. This will now be a more viable economic space and the additional stalls mean job creation for the community", says Sebastian Zaremba of the Yeoville Market Traders Committee Member.

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Yeoville has for many years been known as one of the most vibrant and multicultural places in Johannesburg, with people commuting to enjoy the variety of entertainment from restaurants, pubs and markets, including the Yeoville Market. "JPC is committed to support the CoJ's priorities to revitalise the Inner City for small enterprisers to operate in safe buildings and facilities", added Botes. JPC is currently verifying stalls in all its markets to ensure compliance with by-laws.

The trading hours are from 7:00 -20:30 pm and there is 24 hour security.

For more information, please contact:

Bliss Yeni
Telephone 010 219 9022
Website:, twitter handle @jhbproperty

The 71 Inner City Properties Project is “Green” for Go

As the City of Johannesburg enters a time of regeneration and activation of city spaces over the next decade, the 71 Inner City Properties Project is “Green” for go! Hosted by the City of Johannesburg and the Joburg Property Company (JPC), Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba has engaged with members of the Green Buildings Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and various “Planet Shapers” to discuss investment opportunities that form part of the 71 Inner City Properties Project along with 13 additional properties that were initially advertised earlier this year but still remain available due to non-compliance by initial responder submissions. From construction materials and building methodology, to fittings, finishes and refurbishments, where investment and development opportunities exist so does the propensity for the City’s immanent rejuvenation to take into account sustainable solutions, energy efficiencies and “green” initiatives.

During his address, Councillor Herman Mashaba highlighted the importance of incorporating sustainable solutions in the cities restoration in order to meet the needs of the growing population. With sights set on seeing the City become a construction site during the course of the next 10 years, planned refurbishments and restoration will present a number of opportunities to various developments including those committed to a more sustainable and green approach. With the aims of providing for affordable accommodation accessible to both students and local residents to the Inner City, the City of Johannesburg is aiming to find the best way forward in building a more “green” and eco-conscious landscape, offering sustainable solutions that are as equally cost effective as they are environmentally progressive.

One of the first municipal offices’ to receive the Socio-Economic rating on-top of the 4 Star Green Star SA Public and Education Buildings (PEB) Design Certification in 2016, the Council Chamber in Braamfontein boasts an abundance of sustainable and eco-conscious engineering. Following the tried and tested success of the Council Chamber, opportunities that currently exist as part of the 71 Inner City Properties Project as well as the 13 additional properties recently re-advertised for tender, Councillor Mashaba has addressed the requirement for greening these properties when applicants submit their proposals to tender.

During the event, the GBCSA CEO, Ms Dorah Modise continued to encourage the commitment to eco-friendly sustainability by elaborating on how the City is working in conjunction with the organisation to ensure that all refurbishments and future developments are “green”. Following the address by the Green Buildings Council of South Africa, Ms Helen Botes, the JPC CEO, concluded the session by communicating the JPC’s commitment to working with the GBCSA in accomplishing these shared goals.

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Next Technical Briefing Session Hosted by the JPC

In an effort to ensure that all technical parameters are adhered to when submitting investment proposals, the Joburg Property Company invites all prospecting investors to join the next technical briefing session to be held at the end of the month.

In ensuring the relay of comprehensive technical information, providing for an interactive opportunity for interested investors to probe for more information, as well as encouraging an inclusive and comprehensive application, the JPC looks forward to welcoming prospecting property investors to join the next technical briefing session taking place on Friday the 30th of November 2018 from 10h00 to 11h00 at the Old Council Chambers, at Metro Centre, 158 Loveday Street, Braamfontein.

Technical briefing sessions are provided for on a monthly basis to ensure that these Supply Chain Management lead briefings offer interested parties with adequate clarity and the opportunity to address any queries that they may have related to property prospects and specific technical requirements pertaining to current property investment opportunities that exist in the City of Johannesburg. 

While these sessions are non-compulsory briefings, they create an ideal platform for interested parties not only to gain clarity but to participate in a Q and A session providing for an appropriate way to source clarity and precision on how best to apply with greater success.

This month’s technical briefing session will address the opportunities currently available as part of the 71 Inner City Properties Project as well as 13 additional properties that were initially advertised earlier this year but still remain available due to non-compliance by initial responder submissions. 

Such technical briefings are beneficial to responders in ensuring technical compliance, which are required by law to be adhered to. As in the case with the additional 13 investments that are still available, in support if ensuring respondents are successful, the JPC offers these regular sessions with the hope to improve application success rate. 

Taking into account the 71 Inner City Properties coupled with the 13 properties that have been re-advertised takes the number of investment opportunities to 84 and an anticipated 500 buildings available for tender. 

Departing from the JPC’s Braampark premises at 09:30 on the specified date, site visits will commence shortly after the monthly briefing sessions and will allow interested parties access to the various properties offering a more clear perspective of the premises initially made available in the prospectus (available for download on the JPC website here). Tender documents are also available free for download from the JPC website but will be charged for when collected from the JPC premises in person. For any further queries please contact the Client Servicing Unit via email on or call 010 219 9000.

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