Rosebank cements its status as Joburg’s first live-work-walk-play district

Connecting to your neighbourhood in the posh northern Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank has never been easier, thanks to a number of positive developments that have taken place in recent years, bringing to life the somewhat foreign 'live-work-walk-play' lifestyle concept.

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Until recently, a ‘walkable neighbourhood’ wasn’t a concept most people were familiar with in any of the big cities in South Africa, more precisely Johannesburg.

However, just recently (Tuesday, August 24), members of the media were given a glimpse into how the folks at the Rosebank Management District (RMD) – in partnership with different stakeholders – have been working tirelessly to make it possible to have a community where you literally can walk from the place you live to shopping, dining, entertainment, public transport, and better still your workplace. 

The past six years have seen the construction of several new artichecturially appealing apartment blocks in Rosebank such as these! Pics: John Hogg

To make everyone grasp both the walkability and convenience of this vibrant Gauteng multi-cultural community, and most importantly bring us up to speed with the vision to make Rosebank Johannesburg’s first live-work-walk-play district, RMD hosted a 2-hour walk about, which they used to highlight a number of successes from a multi-billion intiative set in motion to invest in its economic infrastructure. These include a block of newly launched residential apartments, Soko District retail concept at Rosebank Mall, attractive concept restaurants in and around Rosebank, and the newly opened Radisson RED hotel, the second in the African continent after the successful opening of its Capetonian counterpart in 2017.

The newly opened Radisson RED hotel in Rosebank was the last stop of our tour! Pic: NOWinSA

Designed with a number of stops, and with a speaker at each representing a different aspect of the Rosebank district, the walk was led by RMD representatives, including Lerato Khiba, who delightfully took over the day’s programme as the master of ceremonies. Also in attendance were key City of Joburg officials, neighbourhood stakeholders and RMD board members.

As promised, the walk turned out not only fun but also safe given the presence of security patrol vehicles randomly driving past us. Those who owns domestic pets like a dog and know the importance of being able to tag it along for a walk and play with it in the same neighborhood where one works, eats and, hangs out would appreciate this particular aspect about Rosebank even better.

“Cities across the globe need to develop strategies to deal with both the benefits and challenges of rapid urbanisation,” says Nicole Greenstone, chairperson of Rosebank Management District.

Creating an attractive and sustainable environment that is safe, welcoming and inclusive is at the heart of Rosebank’s multi-billion mix-use development project!

 

“The Rosebank node has enjoyed over a decade of construction and investment. The Rosebank Management District would like to highlight the importance of developing effective public-private partnerships to successfully deal with the complexities of urban life. We aim to create an attractive and sustainable environment that is welcoming and inclusive, and takes into consideration the needs of all residents and visitors.”

More excting attractions coming to Joburg’s leading lifestyle district

Rosebank’s attractiveness is in its unique mix: a well-managed high-end retail and entertainment precinct offering all the amenities associated with high-functioning city life, such as: public transport links, excellent schools, a hospital, police station, pedestrianised areas and walkable streets as well as abundant tourist attractions that include art galleries, markets and the open-top City Sightseeing bus.

Despite the far-reaching coronavirus impact and the complexities of urban life, Rosebank has seen many positive developments, with abundant tourist attractions that include art galleries and world class eateries such as the popular Marble Restaurant (below)!

In 2021 more new attractions have been added and are on the way, including:

  • Voco™ Johannesburg Rosebank hotel (late 2021) 
  • Chef David Higgs’ The Pantry at Keyes Art Mile (Oct 2021)
  • New Gautrain midi-bus routes, including one to Parkhurst. 
  • New Oxford Parks Precinct and the 144 Oxford Road office complex, which will be home to 1,500 Anglo American employees.
  • A new dedicated taxi rank to accommodate an expanding commuter population.
The Rosebank Management District had been woorking tirelessly to make the neighborhood taxi rank a safe and efficient. Pic: John Hogg

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