Neighbourhood News Update: 1 February 2021

Workshop17 wins global award

The co-working space which opened its doors at the V&A Waterfront in 2015, was announced as the winner in the Best Co-working Space category at the Global Finale of the  Global Startup Awards (GSA), the world’s largest independent startup ecosystem competition. You can read the full announcement here.


Urban food garden renovation to benefit wider V&A Waterfront community

With food security as a key focus area of the V&A Waterfront’s Our Community CSI programme, an urban garden was installed in 2019 outside Merchant House. The garden’s construction included the use of 538 kilograms of plastic (equating to 1076 Ecobricks) and benefitted food security NGO’s and staff. To date, a total of 6085 kilograms of produce has been harvested and donated.

As part of the rejuvenation of the Portswood Precinct, the garden is now under renovation and will be called Shongololo Shamba. The new garden will be 330 square meters big, up from the original size of 260 square meters. The evolution will enable the garden to be a source of produce for a new restaurant within the precinct, while continuing to provide to the NGO’s helping to feed those in need.




Footfall update

Footfall numbers up until the 24th of January remained consistent with the previous week. We are currently seeing average daily footfall of 30.7k people per day. The footfall at this time of year and prior to pay day is traditionally low and we are simply following the same trend as the year on year comparatives remain stable.

Month-end always promises some uplift in our foot traffic and we are slowly seeing positivity in areas such as Watershed with more visitor numbers, hopefully, this translates into sales.



Watershed’s Beauty Box pops up in Victoria Wharf

The Beauty Box in the Watershed showcases the best of beauty and skincare products the continent has to offer. Up until the 7th of February, you can find these brands in the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, in the Atrium outside Woolworths. Some of the brands available include Skoon, Kafui Naturals, Anima Naturals and Chill Cape Town.

As of the 1st of February, the Watershed will trade from Thursday to Sunday – 10am to 5pm.