In 2009, all that made up the Maboneng Precinct in downtown Johannesburg, were a few abandoned warehouses. It is now a fully fledged neighbourhood with a vibrant urban community, totalling over 7 different developments.
Propertuity, developers of the area are passionate about the improvement of the area for the community. As the company’s CEO, Jonathan Liebmann explains: “We believe in creating diverse offerings within the neighbourhood, as well as creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to start new businesses in the area, which in turn creates more employment.”
In the 5 years that Maboneng has been operational, over 20 new businesses have started in the precinct and this number continues to grow. Many of the business owners have started to help the surrounding community.
A great example of this, is an initiative known as ‘One Creche at a Time’, which focuses on improving the physical environment of learners. Once the physical environment has been corrected, the focus moves onto helping with teaching needs and arranging workshops with local artists.
Shruthi Nuir is a resident in the Maboneng neighbourhood and is the founder of “One Creche at a Time.’ She realised the need in the community when she moved back from Korea, where she had been teaching English. “Many of the preschools in the area are lacking in basic resources. Through collaboration with a variety of partners, we are making a difference in the lives of these children.”
This is just one of many examples at Maboneng which are uplifting the community. Not only is the community benefiting from the regeneration of the neighbourhood which is now a hub for entrepreneurs, businesses and artists alike, but community members are finding ways to help one another improve their lives through simple projects which prove that a little help goes a long way.
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